Podcast: The Federal Election


Written and produced by Tahryn Mant, Penelope Cannata and Kara Nikolakopoulos

PRE ELECTION CHAT – Do your parents influence your vote?


With last Saturday’s Federal Election still fresh in our minds, there are many questions around the Coalition’s shock win.

Although the majority of people aged 20 to 25 interviewed by Room 330 said they cared deeply about climate action, the election results indicate there was a far larger group of voters who either don’t view global warming as a serious issue, or didn’t understand how their vote could make a difference.

Of the 16,424,248 voters in the Federal Election, 687,652 votes were counted as ‘invalid/blank’. That’s almost 5.5 per cent of Australians who threw away their opportunity to have a say in the election.

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This brings to light the deeper issue of Australians – particularly youth – who’s lack of knowledge about politics and government policies results in informal votes; donkey votes; no votes; and of course, a few artfully rendered phallus and testicular drawings on the ballot papers.

Many of the interviewees featured on Room 330 stated they didn’t know much about government policies, despite being concerned about a broad range of social issues.

Without knowing which party will (or won’t) implement certain changes, voting in the federal election becomes a difficult task – and for those who are already fed up, or feeling as though their voice doesn’t matter, casting spoilt votes might seem the perfect short-term solution.

It also doesn’t help that a video circulating on social media claimed: “An intentionally informal vote is a vote to sack the Government.” Although quickly disproved by Triple J Hack, it’s likely to have convinced at least a few unsure voters.

The ABC reported there was just a 0.5 per cent rise of first preference votes for the Greens, whose policies were the most focused on environmental change.

With a Liberal Government now re-elected into power, the environmental future looks bleak. Climate Analytics reviewed the party’s climate policies and found “the Coalition’s policies will lead to Australia’s emissions continuing to rise and there are no indications that further policies will be introduced”.

Now, outraged and upset, many Australians are searching for someone to blame for the Coalition still being in power. And it appears Queensland is copping the brunt of it.

The state boasts a long-standing Labor state government and a proud history of the Labor movement. Throughout the election campaign the ALP seemed confident it had secured the majority of seats in the state. But it had devastatingly misjudged Queensland, and is now paying the price. The state held a few of the most marginal seats in the election, such as Mackay, Rockhampton, Herbert and Longman. The LNP and One Nation snapped up these seats.

Some say the ALP lost its seats in Queensland because of its anti-Adani policies. The Adani mining project means employment and revenue opportunities for Queenslanders and, although the ALP was aware of this, it obviously could not promote its environmental promises and fork out the funds to finance this project simultaneously.

Naturally after any controversial issue, social media had gone into meltdown with hashtags such as #Quexit and memes circulating the internet.

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