ELEC­TION IS VI­TAL EVEN IF IT’S NOT ON SO­CIAL ME­DIA

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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,

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