To my mind, a Howard victory signals the end of this country as a place of the 'Fair-Go', a place that's more egalitarian than not, a place that I grew up in and loved despite its flaws. It will signal that we've become like a junior version of America, a place where right-wing politicians grow ever stronger, where the gap between the rich and the poor widens, where the law of the jungle prevails, where Big Business will increasingly pull the strings, where workers will continue to lose wages and conditions, where citizens will continue to lose their civil rights, where lip-service will be paid to climate change, where the wealthy will continue to receive ever more welfare and tax breaks, where rich private schools will prosper further while public education declines, etc.
Tomorrow, Australian voters of all ages and backgrounds will set the future direction of the country. For too many, voting will be more a matter of acting out of self-interest than in the national interest. Many more will vote out of habit or will cast a vote even though they know little about the important social, political and economic issues that lie ominously just beneath the surface.
I can scarcely breathe!
UPDATE: Saturday -10.pm - THE POLITICAL DARKNESS IN AUSTRALIA HAS COME TO AN END!!!!!!!
THE RIGHT-WING COALITION HAS LOST BIGTIME AND HOWARD MAY LOSE HIS SEAT AS WELL. JUSTICE AT LAST.