ELECTION IS VITAL EVEN IF IT’S NOT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
I LIKE elections, where people - surrounded by sausage sizzles and cake stalls -show their civic-mindedness by gathering together to elect their government. I know many people aren't interested and parties have trouble getting attention. Fewer voters, especially the young, now read newspapers or watch TV. Their social media tend to be echo chambers, rarely encountering rival views. The election may not feature on their news feeds but the issues – transport, health, schools, the environment, jobs - matter. Voters should consider the four 'Ps:
The Past: has the government done a good job?
The Policies: does the party have a plan and vision for the future?
The Person: is the candidate knowledgeable? Do they have integrity?
The Party: is it united? Does it have depth, experience and expertise? State Elections occur only every four years. It's not too much to ask that we take our vote seriously. Professor John Phillimore, John Curtin Institute
of Public Policy executive director,