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Those who have been to visit my garden will know how much I've been enjoying having the time to garden since winding down my business so I can work from home. Well, no more, or not for a while anyway.

I have put my hand up as the Labor candidate in Aspley for the coming state election. It is supposedly a very safe seat for the LNP.

The thought of how much irreversable damage that three more years of letting mining interests rule would do to the environment in Queensland was the final straw for me.At this stage in my life, this is the best contribution I can make to the fight.

I think as mainly organic gardeners we are reminded every day how interconnected life is, whether it's what you shouldn't do - you can't just dump spoils in wetlands and pretend it doesn't affect anything else - or what you should do like nurturing the soil, encouraging diversity, complementary planting, considering microclimates, etc. And the principles behind this way of thinking works with people as much as it does with plants.

Here is my website and facebook for anyone who is interested

http://www.gayledallaston.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/GayleDallastonForAspley

Any assistance is welcome even just liking or sharing the facebook helps.

Thanks to those how have already shown their support.

I'll not be at the January garden visit for obvious reasons but hope to catch up in February.

Gayle

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Comment by Lissa on January 14, 2015 at 4:47

They don't give maps on that website for all the electorates. Interesingly, I seem to be right on the boundary between Pine Rivers and Aspley! (don't laugh at my ignorance - I've paid very little interest in politics). As far as I know I'm Pine Rivers. How can I find out for sure Gayle?

Comment by Lissa on January 14, 2015 at 4:41

The map with the boundaries current and past is interesting.

Tracey Davis was at our workplace yesterday schmoozing with management and the clients. I understand the last time she came to visit was last election when she raised money to buy chairs.

There's not a lot of information in there about you Gayle and nothing on the Greens guy but it does give a link to your website.

Comment by GayleD on January 13, 2015 at 22:41

Today was the close of nominations and ballot draw.
We have 3 candidates: Green, LNP and Labor in that order on the ballot paper  
http://www.abc.net.au/news/qld-election-2015/guide/aspl/

 

 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 13, 2015 at 9:22

Australia is the only country afaik, to have compulsory voting. I believe it was brought in the early days when transport wasn't very good, to coerce people to make the hazardous journey to vote.

There's always some who are not interested and you can't force people to be interested. No system suits everybody but 'compulsory' at least ensures most rock up and do something with their ballot paper. I meet apathy especially from women by saying that women gave their lives so that we can vote. Even today there are women who are not allowed to vote, or so I read.

Comment by GayleD on January 13, 2015 at 8:49

Yep, even letter box dropping is a great way to go around and look at gardens.

I lived in the UK for 10 years where voting isn't compulsory and they spend a lot of their efforts just getting people out there to vote.  It's the same in the USA.  Means that only the extremes tend to vote.  Lots of people prepoll now if they want to avoid the queues on election day so rolling up to vote isn't such a big ask.

There's an interesting study done in the UK "From Big Brother to Big Brother: two faces of interactive engagement" about the political-types who always vote and the others who don't bother.  Not sure if it's available publicly but if you have any links into universities you should be able to get it.

It's a bit like environmental issues, people can say that doing their little bit won't change anything so why bother but if everyone does their little bit it can make a huge difference.  I like to see a good field of candidates across the spectrum to keep active debates and discussion going.

Comment by Rob Walter on January 13, 2015 at 8:29

I've been door knocking twice so far, and it's very interesting. Mostly it's about just putting in an appearance and listening to the concerns of voters, but I must admit I did deliver a lecture the other day to a guy who is not on the electoral role and doesn't think we should have compulsory voting. I explained that I feel we actually have a responsibility to vote, given all the benefits we receive from the high standard of government in this country.

And of course door knocking is also a good opportunity to get some cuttings and seeds from the garden that you walk past!

Comment by GayleD on January 12, 2015 at 22:48

Hopefully more than a jolt, Rob.  Still waiting to see if there are other candidates here. There is usually a Greens candidate at least.

I think people should talk about politics more.  It's hard to talk about anything important if you don't.  I've had a lot of really interesting conversations with people from all persuasions since outing myself.  Street sign went up outside the house today. 


Now I have to get used to seeing my mugshot when I drive around.

Comment by Rob Walter on January 12, 2015 at 21:35

Eek! 66% primary vote for the LNP at the last election. Maybe you can at least give them a jolt

And, while we're talking politics, I've been getting a bit involved with the Greens campaign in South Brisbane.

Comment by Lissa on January 12, 2015 at 4:29

Very proud that you're giving this a go Gayle :D

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 11, 2015 at 20:16

Go Gayle!!!!!!!

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