The Privilege of Democracy
Federal elections are always exciting, and the election held on Saturday, 18 May 2019 was no exception. The electorate had been bombarded with commentary, opinion polls and predictions about the outcome of the vote and for most part they were all wrong.Like most Australians I toddled off down to our local polling station, had a ‘democracy sausage’ as it has become known, and cast my vote. I’m not generally a fan of a sausage on bread, even with the addition of onions, however, on election day it’s absolutely delicious. I always find election day exciting as there is so much energy and anticipation in the air.
Following my sausage sandwich, I had the privilege of voting. I say privilege because that is what it is. We as Australians, are fortunate to live in a country that provides us with the opportunity to vote for the values we hold, and to elect the people we think will best serve our communities.Now, our vote may not change the country, it may not even result in our chosen candidate being elected, however, that is democracy at work. We live in a wonderful nation that provides each of us with the opportunity to have our say. To exercise our democratic right without fear, and to vote for who we feel best represents our views.
Like many aspects of life there are winners and losers. Maybe elections haven’t always gone the way we would have liked, or the way we thought it should, but life goes on quietly and peacefully. There are no violent repercussions or the seeking of retribution, the sun still rises the next morning, our families are safe, and people move on.This is our political system at work, and while we might not like it at times we move forward, and we have our say at the next election. To have it any other way would be both corrupt and undemocratic. Australia is not troubled by military intervention or openly corrupt forces and so we are far better off than many countries.
Democracy is a gift, as is the right of all to vote, and it is a gift that is often under unappreciated in Australia. When we see citizens in other countries risking their lives and those of their families in order to vote, we gain a sense of just how lucky we are. Whatever it is you care about; have your say and exercise your democratic right.Each of us holds a tremendous amount of power, the type people in many countries dream of. Every three years we have the chance to make our voices heard, to change the direction of our country and to vote for values that we truly believe in. The challenge for each of us is to make our votes count.
Have a great weekend.
Dr Frank PittBack to All Articles