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Reducing waste at voting time

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It seems that handing out and receiving how-to-vote (HTV) cards was not a pleasant experience for many during the federal election.

A voting school teacher voiced her disappointment in the amount of wasted paper especially when every day schools are teaching students to use less paper. She also voiced the point that we should get rid of plastic election placards.

We should have the HTV cards fixed to the inside of each cardboard voting booth. A draw could determine the location of each party’s card in the booth like the candidate draw that determines the candidates’ place on the ballot paper.

As a booth volunteer, the number of lies I witnessed being told to voters was alarming. I was also amazed at some voters’ beliefs and attitudes. One voter told me that he believed the reason we’re suffering extreme climate events is because God is punishing humanity for allowing abortion. This fellow and his wife are travelling around Australia, funded by his church, promoting creation science.

I think it’s unfair that churches get tax breaks and handouts while there hasn’t been an increase to unemployment benefits for over 20 years and people are sleeping on the streets.

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