1 July, 2016. 11:35
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
In a new low for democracy, local daughter Amelia Standen (22) has essentially just doubled her 60-year-old father’s voting power.
After managing to avoid ingesting any form of political media during the last eight weeks of intense campaigning by both major Australian political parties, Amelia has taken several moments to switch off” from social media and ask her conservative father which political media she is going to vote for.
“Dad, who are we voting for,” she asks, while briefly looking up from her iPhone in the family’s Mosman lounge room.
“I’ll run you through it on the drive in tomorrow,” her old man responds from the kitchen.
“Are there even any public schools in this area anymore? Where on earth do we go to vote?” he wonders aloud.
Like many of her peers, Amelia is comfortable enough with her birthright privileges to not care about politics – and like many of her friends who are also stay-at-home daughters – she has decided to hand her responsibility as as Australian citizen over to her father, who is more than ready to help explain her through the process of voting for the Liberal party.
“I just saw an ad on Instagram for Malcolm Turnbull. Is he the one you like?” she asks.
“Yes” says Dad.
“He’s been very good to us over the years, Millie.”
With Amelia showing no intentions of heading to University or working full-time in the foreseeable future, it seems that Amelia’s lack of political engagement will stay with her for many elections to come.
“Can’t you just do it for me?” she whines.
“No, Millie. This is a democracy… It’s up to you”
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