I urge everyone to vote BELOW THE LINE on your senate paper. Party preferences are decided by under the table deals, and some of the candidates have some pretty way out views (one independent wants to legalise ecstasy!).
Next to your signature, your vote is the most valuable thing you own. Please don’t throw it away! Don’t vote a certain way just because you always have, or because your parents did – think about your vote. Take the time to explore people’s policies. Look at what they do as well as what they say – the two don’t always match.
Vote on policy, not personality or age. The most benign face can hide a despot and outer ugliness can hide inner beauty.
Most of all – MAKE A DECISION! Don’t cast a donkey vote or refrain from voting altogether – every vote makes a difference. And double check you’re ballot paper before putting it in the box – many votes are rendered void by silly mistakes.
Finally, if you’re still deciding who to vote for, here are a couple of links that might be helpful:
http://www.aec.gov.au/Elections/federal_elections/2007/candidates/hor_qld.htm – shows your candidates for the House of Reps in the order they will appear on the ballot paper.
http://www.federalelection.com.au/senate.asp?state=QLD – a comprehensive list of candidates running for the senate, with links to their webpage so you can explore their policies.