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  1. The Pom Queen

    British Expats Voting in UK Elections

    I just read the article below, to be honest it doesn't bother me about voting in the UK when Australia is now my home, what do others think? A 90-year-old UK national’s campaign to reverse legislation banning long-term British expats from voting in UK elections, is moving forward - and may reach the United Nations. In 2009, Harry Shindler took his campaign to the European Court of Human Rights; a decision is due to arrive within the next few months. However, if the WWII veteran is not successful, he is ready to take his file of evidence to the United Nations for a verdict on human rights implications. It is not “a small matter”, argues Mr Shindler, as it has an impact on one million British nationals. There were “hundreds of thousands” of young people who died in World War II so Britons could vote, he says. He was there, he adds. During the war, people did not know that one day there would be a government which would say they could not vote, said the war veteran. Under British law, expats who have lived overseas for over 15 years are not able to vote in UK elections. Harry Shindler has not had the right to vote in UK elections since 1997. In 1982, he moved to Italy in order to be near his grandson. However, he cannot vote there either.
  2. whichway

    What to do about voting

    Hi folks, I was wondering what you are supposed to do (if anything) when you leave Australia as an Australian Citizen to live overseas. Are you still legally required to vote? Is there a way of letting them know you are overseas? Cheers in advance.
  3. Metoo

    Compulsory Voting

    I don't know if this has been discussed, but I was reading about a Scottish by election yesterday, what a surprise, Labour won. There were a few comments about the low turnout, less than 50% and someone suggested compulsory voting and was knocked down for saying this, people saying it was undemocratic. I think voting is a privilege but it is not extended to a lot of countries citizens, I have always voted where ever I have the right, voting is optional in the UK with turnouts usually about 40%, but it is compulsory in Australia, a democratic country where you are free to air your thoughts!
  4. OK, I started a thread earlier about the pros and cons of the right to vote or not, whilst I didn't lose my temper I asked for the OP to be closed because it was getting a little petty IMO anyway, so I start this thread with yet again the same intent, but this time I will try and explain more fully. People seem to believe that voting is a very personal experience, and to some degree I cannot argue that point, BUT. Voting in a democratic way is so much more than this, so much more. It is often said that if/when we vote it is based on our own circumstances, i.e., how much tax will I will pay, what are the consequences of the cuts to MY local library, does this party policy mean to ME , etc. NOTHING wrong with these sentiments, but they do revolve around the 'self' rather than the 'whole'. What I am trying to say is that voting in a general election whilst being a very personal point of view, HAS to take into account the bigger picture. Just because something does NOT affect you directly does this make it any less important, no of course it doesn't. I will try and convey my point in one way. For instance if one party said that their future plans included the closure of several care homes for the elderly, sick, etc, in the future and that is just the way it is would you accept this JUST because it does not affect you at the present time. If this is the case then you HAVE to look further than your nose. Because quite simply, one day the closures being announced may well affect YOU and YOUR family directly. One day your parents may need that care that is so essential in a caring country, your child may need care after they contract cancer, (GOD forbid). Would you still be of the same opinion then. Maybe you would, but that is very short sighted in my view. I don't know whether I have explained it fully, but voting in my opinion is so far more than voting for 'self' when the larger 'community' should be, maybe not as important, but it should be a consideration when we vote. This is why I hold the view that voting should be made compulsory. Because as much as we want to live in denial at some point in time one of the parties policies WILL affect us or our family/wider community, and it is then to late to say why has this happened etc, if you have not voted in the past. I will leave it there, and probably won't post anymore on this subject, I just wanted to clear up some points as to why I hold certain views about voting. PS. I promise not to ask for the thread to be closed, so post away.:wubclub: Cheers Tony.
  5. nickyc88

    Voting in the UK

    Random question.... will we still be entitled to vote after we move to Oz? If so, how does it work? Which constituency would you be registered in? N
  6. Guest


    Hi there, Does anyone know if we can vote at state elections if we have only PR. We cant go for citizenship until 2010 Which we got our PR 2 weeks ago after having the business 2 years. What a relief I can actually relax a bit . Sally