OMG did they actually do that? That’s frickin crazy!! I mean admittedly it goes both ways, I got to a public school where most people are massively left leaning but I don’t think the school itself would push us to a vote a certain way
I’m having great difficulty finding sources for it (I think it would have happened around the 2010 and 2011 Federal and NSW elections though), so I won’t swear it happened. I might just be using the wrong keywords or something, but the best sources I’ve got are this article from August 2010 - yes, I know I’ve linked to the Australian, please forgive me - and this one from March 2011.
My public high school once told a few classes to urge our parents to keep public education in mind when they voted. I don’t remember what election though - it would have to be one of the ones between 2004-2009. I spent most of my schooling in public schools and, on the whole though, my teachers ranged from really left-wing to the typical right-wing stuff you’d find in country towns. I remember one year having a really progressive History teacher who was so passionate about Indigenous history and Whitlam, and a really conservative Geography teacher who also thought vaccines caused autism. :/
I personally don’t mind the idea of non-compulsory voting at 16 but I suspect it would be massively abused by a lot of independent and Catholic schools. They couldn’t directly control how kids voted, but they could force kids to vote very easily and push, if nothing else, the anti-Greens line. Whereas public schools would never be allowed to go that far in getting involved, and even those who tried wouldn’t be allowed more than subtle hints.
The Seeds of Death - season 06 - 1969
Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.
On the plus side, I just scraped a Distinction in one of the assignments I was doing while I wasn’t especially well and didn’t give even the tiniest fuck about uni, so that’s a pleasant surprise
I am so excited for Sydney but at the same time very stressed and my Dad’s seeming inability to credit me as having any common sense is not helping
I wish fish n chips was still as good as it was when I was a kid. Paying more for less and receiving hard hollow chips should be illegal.
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