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    Default Do we need Australian style penalties for not voting.

    The Aussies have a system of fines I believe, for not voting. I'd go one step further, and make a persons dole or personal tax credits dependant on carrying out your duty as a citizen.
    Vote however and for whomever you wish, but just vote.
    Nothing is more irritating than the person cribbing and moaning about the state of the country, and never bothering to vote.

    What do the wise heads of p.ie think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slippy wicket View Post
    The Aussies have a system of fines I believe, for not voting. I'd go one step further, and make a persons dole or personal tax credits dependant on carrying out your duty as a citizen.
    Vote however and for whomever you wish, but just vote.
    Nothing is more irritating than the person cribbing and moaning about the state of the country, and never bothering to vote.

    What do the wise heads of p.ie think.
    It is only a paltry fine. 10 dollars, I think, when I was there. A lot of people ignored it or went to the voting booth and just ticked a box at random.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManUnited View Post
    It is only a paltry fine.10 dollars I think when I was there.A lot of people ignored it or went to the voting booth and just ticked a box at random.
    That is a problem alright, you don't want people voting for the Monster Raving Loony party or libertas (god forbid), just for the craic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManUnited View Post
    It is only a paltry fine. 10 dollars, I think, when I was there. A lot of people ignored it or went to the voting booth and just ticked a box at random.
    You'll get the donkey vote in Ireland too.
    Brexit comes straight from hell. Everywhere it goes it causes disharmony, turbulence and misery. I think Brexiteers themselves must have some form of mental illness.

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    I can think of some other Australian laws I would rather see brought in here. However the voting one is not among them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slippy wicket View Post
    The Aussies have a system of fines I believe, for not voting. I'd go one step further, and make a persons dole or personal tax credits dependant on carrying out your duty as a citizen.
    Vote however and for whomever you wish, but just vote.
    Nothing is more irritating than the person cribbing and moaning about the state of the country, and never bothering to vote.

    What do the wise heads of p.ie think.
    So, say the parties were all similar to FF, people should have to legitimate the system and vote? No way!

    Ironically, we have a system were the major parties are similar to FF. (FG and LAB)
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    I guess in a democracy we also exercise the right not to vote.
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    No one should be forced to vote. It's a democratic right not to endorse some gombeen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulster-Lad View Post
    I can think of some other Australian laws I would rather see brought in here. However the voting one is not among them.
    Which other Aussie laws do you have in mind?
    Brexit comes straight from hell. Everywhere it goes it causes disharmony, turbulence and misery. I think Brexiteers themselves must have some form of mental illness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slippy wicket View Post
    The Aussies have a system of fines I believe, for not voting. I'd go one step further, and make a persons dole or personal tax credits dependant on carrying out your duty as a citizen.
    Vote however and for whomever you wish, but just vote.
    Nothing is more irritating than the person cribbing and moaning about the state of the country, and never bothering to vote.

    What do the wise heads of p.ie think.
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