There has been a lot of talk about referendums1 lately. There is, of course, the local government referendum that has been the talk of dinner parties from Waitara to Wahroonga and everywhere in between. But all talk of that tremendously important and widely-publicised issue ceased when independent MP Tony Windsor called for a referendum on marriage equality. Christian and Muslim groups soon followed suit. Selfish bastards. I wanted to talk about local government.
So that’s what I’m going to do.
Here are all the things I know about local government in general, and the related referendum in particular:
- I have a local government.
- They make me put my bins out on Wednesday night. In my undies, too, because I never seem to remember until after I’m in bed.
- There may or may not be a referendum on local government on September 14.
Aaaaand I’m out. I don’t sound very qualified to vote in a referendum on local government, do I? Perhaps I should:
- Shelve my hatred of local government (a fairly big ask, given that they force me to drag bins around in my undies);
- Go and find out what the actual question is, and what the consequences of a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote might be;
- Reach a decision based on facts, reason, and the best interests of the people who will be directly affected.
Sounds like a plan.
Actually, now that I think about it, there are a few people who probably aren’t qualified to vote in that other referendum, either. People like Fred Nile, for example. The only thing is he probably doesn’t realise it. So, Fred, if you’re listening, I’ve prepared this helpful guide to help you decide if you should bother voting should the referendum go ahead.
See you on September 14, Fred. Or not.
- Or referenda. Whatever.