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Knitting Nannas say ‘Vote 1 our Planet!’

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The Knitting Nannas Against Gas and Greed visited the Lismore pre-poll yesterday at Southern Cross University to spread a very important message.

‘120 years ago, women finally got the vote in Australia. Now, the planet needs your vote.’

Nanna Dot said that the suffragettes had a tremendous fight to win the right to vote in Britain. ‘Here in Australia, although it was also a long battle, things were a little more civilised with several key people pushing successfully for adult suffrage. Judith Brett’s book From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage, tells us that Australian women were made full citizens in the Franchise Act of 1902. South Australia led the way and soon after and the other states followed.’

Keeping an eye on the election processes

Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History. Photo Tree Faerie.

Nanna Dot said that the Knitting Nannas have always kept an eye on election processes. ‘We have often been seen in recent years, outside polling booths, knitting and observing the goings-on – around pre-poll in particular. “Nanna manners” has been our mantra for these occasions as some more raucous political types are frowned upon and there can be much tutting as needles fiercely click.

‘Always being respectful at the polling booths is required and always supported by the Knitting Nannas.’

Nanna Dot said at this election, more than ever, the ‘Elephant in the Room’ is climate change. ‘None of the big parties wants to engage with this topic – it’s too hot to handle. The Knitting Nannas are asking the Page electorate to consider their vote carefully.

‘The planet, which is our home, is heating up. We need leaders who will take us into a future that will be a good one for our children. We need to reduce our carbon emissions now not in the future’

Look back at the government’s record

Nanna Rosie says that it’s important to take a look back at the government’s record in order to cast a vote for the kind of future we want. ‘We’ve been talking about climate change since the 1930s. It’s time to act.

‘I am extremely frustrated at the way the campaign is run like a two-horse race, but the government is not held to account. They have not been held to account on anything they have done and mismanaged over the last three years. ‘Our message is to take your vote very seriously.’

The Nanna suffragettes will be attending Carrington Street pre-poll on Thursday, May 19, around Lunchtime – saving the land, air and water for the kiddies.

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  1. Great to see the wonderful Knitting Nannas at the Southern Cross Uni Pre polling.
    You know there is something that needs “amending” when you see the Nanna’s sitting knitting, always or good causes. No more important than looking after the Planet. “Vote for the Planet” ..good one.

  2. But women’s suffrage was going to solve everything. No more wars, no more poverty. That’s why the 20th century had none of these problems. Now you are going to tell us what’s wrong and what we will be forced to do. What could possibly go wrong.

  3. Just waiting for the climate naysayers to come out with their, ‘the nanas should stick to knitting’, moans.

  4. If all ‘fossil fuel’ use was completely stopped to-morrow throughout all Australia – it would make no difference to ‘Global Warming’.
    Maybe NN, pitch your demos to target regions where it may be far more effective :- China, Russia and India + their Embassies in Aus ?

    • Per capita we’re worse climate vandals than all of them, & China has committed to a more comprehensive reductions and transition to renewables than we have. You’re probably partly right in pitching to their embassies, but surely that should be the responsibility of our new carbon-reducing government giving fair warning before pulling the pin on our planet destroying exports to them?

      • Only slightly true – ‘per capita’ totals can often be the refuge of the ill-informed GW activist.
        Severe pollution caused by wind/solar manufacturing [+ re-cycling when past use-by date] from the exports from China [for example wind-turbines, solar panels and electric cars etc] are never counted in any GW figures per capita – if they did it would be a whole different picture and hugely increase their total.
        Why isn’t it ever done ?
        Well – it would not fit in with the current political desire for Aus to self-flagellate over our minimal total contribution to the global total and also adversely affect current global-alarmist narratives.

      • You really have no idea what China is doing. You should go check it out. They don’t even put scrubbers on their power plants.

    • Rob L, “….Australia – it would make no difference to ‘Global Warming’”.
      Factually wrong, every bit of fossil fuel burnt makes a difference.
      Individual actions do matter and the cumulative total of ALL the individual actions tells us it so.

      Just like with littering, every bit of litter matters, it is why we as individuals are not given free passes to litter.

      I love your logic about China, Russia and India, us talking the talk what they should do when we ourselves aren’t walking the walk.
      But hey, “….Australia – it would make no difference to Global Warming, yeah.

      • So Jo – you think we have to set ourselves up to high activist-driven standards and consequently dangerously weaken our country in relation to to others – as we all know in our fuzzy-warm hearts that Australia is so important in the world that we always bravely lead it in everything ?
        Baloney! Tell that to the people of Ukraine or Taiwan [or anywhere else in the world – other than Australia] and they would rightly laugh at you.

    • Hey Craig, Yet another one of your ad hominem arguments. As you already know, even if they do they’re probably stuck with it until the government changes it’s policy and forces change. Just as I’d like to drive an electric car (not Tesla) to reduce my minuscule carbon footprint even further but economics prohibits it, mostly because of the government policy of your mates in the LNP looking after their mates in fossil fuels (note – no apostrophes there!) What positive things do you do to bring about change and lower our carbon footprint?

      • There was a Climate Change disaster for 500 years. Killed off a lot of the worlds population. On one side of the world they were solving it by burning witches, and on the other side they were silting children’s throats on top of pyramids.
        If you want to drive a giant children’s toy around, fine, just leave me and my Porsche out of it.

    • Barrow my suffragette, does it always come natural for you to keep unzipping your head and letting your brain fall out.

      If you are genuinely interested in the answer to your question you would simply go and ask the Knitting Nannas.
      It not that hard, even for the slow learner that you always are.
      The Knitting Nannas aren’t hard to find, they have website, you got the keyboard…oh wait, it doesn’t fit suffragette Barrow’s narrative.

  5. The nannas have a flame that they share with all of us, Barrow. Stop
    being such a smart-ass. You are gassed up with dumb insults.


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