Saturday, 28 August 2010
Elections & Sausages
Voting is a strenuous task in Australia, it is compulsory and preferential. Not only do you vote for the lower house - the House of Representatives but also for the upper house - the Senate. Voting for a candidate in lower house is simple with a choice of 5 or so candidates that you have to number in order of preference. The upper house however is a real test - over 60 candidates that must be voted for in order of preference - leave out a number or double up and your vote is invalid. There are boxes at the top of the Senate ballot so you can follow a political party recommendation but it still requires filling out half a dozen boxes.
Needless to say after all that effort you need sustenance and so the sausage sizzle. Provided by the local butcher, sausages and onions are cooked up and for a small donation to charity you can enjoy a sausage, with or without onions and tomato sauce (read ketchup) added at your discretion.