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The 19 Most Important Moments In Australian Polling Day History

Voting is compulsory and glorious.

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1. Good morning and welcome to Australian democracy *BREATHES IN* smell that?! It's the smell of compulsory voting, paper ballots and sausages.

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2. Yep that's right, it's time to exercise your right to vote! Australia's polling booths are all over the place: schools, halls, councils. Can we recommend the surf life saving clubs???

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3. Because you get scenes like this where people vote in their cozzies...

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4. "Yeah alright I get you mate! Tell me who to vote for, the surf won't swim itself."

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5. This is Australian democracy at work.

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6. And so is this.

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7. Everyone HAS to vote in Australia. And if you don't you get fined.

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8. It means old mate on the left with the sweaty back has to vote.

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9. And all these voters in Broome have come in from the sunshine to decide the future of their country.

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10. Even if you're not in big cities polling booths will find you!

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11. Like if you're in London you can vote at Australia House!

~fancy~
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~fancy~

12. People who don't usually think about politics have to really sit down and think about it for at least one day.

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13. And they BLOODY LOVE IT when they vote.

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14. Sure Australians meet some true weirdos at the ballot box, like this patriot.

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15. And sometimes you turn around and there's the prime minister waiting in line.

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16. Or a candidate will be manning the sausage sizzle. Important: all Australians must pick up a sausage (yes, tofu included) on polling day.

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17. The freedom sausage is an integral part of election day.

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18. Australia really does have the best polling practices in the world. Everyone comes together to make a positive decision about the future of their government.

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19. And when it's all done you get to go back to sleep for another term of government.

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