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Yes, we have to vote. And it's a good thing, too

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17.05.2019

It’s not easy to get into a table thumping argument with an amiable Canadian, but that’s what happened this week.

I swear there was merit in my rage despite my intentions to keep it harnessed this election.

You see, my friend firmly believes Australia’s mandatory voting system to be anti-freedom and undemocratic and we should follow the "vote if you feel like it" alternative in his country and others such as the US (and we know how well that worked for America, considering that thing currently in office following the electoral Armageddon of 2016).

I believe mandatory voting is a gift to be cherished, a privilege and a right.Credit:Janie Barrett

My attitude is au contraire. I believe mandatory voting is a gift to be cherished, a privilege and a right, and I am proud to live in a country that enforces it.

To me, it is the foundation of a true democracy and not its antithesis as my Canadian comrade decrees. If someone can’t get off their bum once every three years to fulfil their most basic civic duty then, as my grandfather who fought in a war to protect our freedoms would say, “you’re a bloody no-hoper bludger”.

My Canadian........

© The Sydney Morning Herald