Thursday, 30 April 2009

Brighter than your average submission

Submissions to the Australian Electoral Commission on changes to electoral boundaries are normally very boring affairs full of figures and thinly disguised arguments of self-interest from political parties trying to gain an advantage. I hope, therefore, that the panel considering changes that will result in Queensland gaining an extra seat take note of Public Submission No 15 by Claudia Marckx. Not for her all that dull and boring stuff. Ms Marckx conocentrates on the important question of who the seat should be named after and makes the case for Coulter, in recognition of Queensland entertainer Ricki-Lee Coulter. 

She argues:

I submit that this choice of name would leverage synergies between reality television and electoral process, progress the cause of youth electoral engagement and help project a contemporary understanding of Queensland as a vibrant place in which young Australians, and in particular young women, are valued and recognised for their contributions to nation-building. Further, given the understanding of the lives of working Australian families that is demonstrated in Coulter’s catalogue of songs, such a choice would also accord with modern Australian values. I further submit that the redistribution committee embrace youth-driven technology and make the announcement of the name of this new electoral division by way of a
‘tweet’.
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