Confused About Politics? We got you.
I’m super pumped because this weekend’s Federal election is shaping up to be won or lost on climate change, thanks to the power of our movement!
But politics can be bloody confusing - so I’ve put together a guide with everything you need to know to make your voice heard, speak up for our future and avoid a fine (!) this election.
Grab a cup of tea and prepare to have all your #auspol questions answered...
🗳️First of all, when and where do I have to vote? 🗳️
The election is on this Saturday May 18 - and you can vote between 8am and 6pm!
Polling places include places like schools, churches, town halls and public buildings.
If you can’t make it in to vote on election day, you’ll need to go to a pre-poll voting centre in the days leading up to the election. Here’s a list of early voting centres and helpful info if you can’t get to an election day booth for any reason!
Voting is compulsory if you’re enrolled - so getting this stuff organised is important not just for making our voices heard, but to avoid getting a fine!
How do I actually fill in my ballot papers - and what’s the go with preferences?
When you get to the polling booth, you’ll be given two ballot papers: a green one for the House of Representatives (the lower house, with 150 people in it based on region) and a white one for the Senate (the upper house, with 12 Senators elected for each state and 2 for each Territory).
To vote for the House of Representatives you need to number every box, with number one being your most preferred candidate, right through to your least preferred. That way, if your #1 candidate only gets a small number of votes and is knocked out of the race, your preferences will flow to your second choice of candidate.
To vote in the Senate you’ve got two options: above the line or below the line. You can choose to number at least 6 boxes above the line for the parties, or at least 12 boxes below the line for the individual candidates. You can number all the boxes if you want to. Voting below the line lets you choose individual candidates more freely, where above the line the parties decide.
🌏And where do the parties stand on climate change? 🌏
Thanks to the power of our movement, climate change is shaping up to be THE issue of this election! We’ve pulled together some research on where the major parties stand on leaving fossil fuels in the ground, supporting renewables and protecting our future. You can check it out in more detail here.
🏡How do I know which electorate I live in? 🏡
The AEC has an online tool here for you to find out your electorate. It’s worth checking out even if you’ve voted in your current house before - as the electorate boundaries can change as the population changes! You can also see who your current MP is if you wanna email or call to find out where they stand on climate action!
I can’t vote in this election - what else can I do?
Whether your under 18, an international student or migrant, there’s a bunch of reasons you might not be able to vote. And that totally sucks! But young people are powerful all year round, not just during an election. So here’s some other stuff you can do…
Turn out to rallies and protests to put issues you care about in the spotlight
Talk to your family or friends and make sure they’re voting for our future
Call up the sitting MP in your area to raise your concerns about climate change
Post about the election on social media with #VoteClimate