Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The right to not cast a vote at all if one is not satisfied with any candidate or party is as fundamental as the right to cast a vote for what one believes in. Forced participation does not guarantee a true reflection of will of the voters. This is especially true in our party driven political system.
Australia seems to be in love with our immigrants, and rightfully so -- we all benefit from their presence. However, despite all this, there is a disturbing reality that seems to be at odds with the paradigm of an open, multicultural society. Australia is one of the whitest places on earth.
There is something going on here in Australia that transcends the norms of a free society and creates the specter of more totalitarian regimes. We all need to stop and think if this is a road we want to go down.
It would be great if everyone could open their minds to the possibility that there are people who think in a completely different manner than yourself. These people are not a threat to you. They are your neighbours, your doctors and nurses, your teachers and co-workers. Let’s allow everyone the right to believe what they feel is best for them and not take their being different as a personal insult.