The Election Collection: Books To Make Voting Easier #ausvotes

by |August 27, 2013

All Australians over the age of eighteen must vote in the Federal Election on 7th September, 2013. Surprisingly, there are many voters who have yet to decide who they will vote for. Some seem completely perplexed.

Never fear, The Election Collection is here. A fail-safe guide to the election using one of humankind’s greatest achievements – the book. Yes, the book.

Who knew the humble book could help you make a decision?

Chris BowenThe Labor Party

Pros:

RuddBotCons:

Further reading: Change We Can Believe In: Barak Obama’s Plan To Renew America’s Promise by Barack Obama, A Journey : Tony Blair, Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill Clinton.


Tony AbbottThe Liberals

Pros:

Tony SpeaksCons:

Further reading: Decision Points by George W. Bush, When Things Went Right: The Dawn of the Reagan-Bush Administration by Chase Untermeyer,  Not for Turning : The Life of Margaret Thatcher by Robin Harris.


Gone but not forgotten

The Greens

Pros:

Cons:

Further reading: The Rabbits by John Marsden & Shaun Tan, Watership Down by Richard Adams


Julian AssangeWikiLeaks Party

Pros:

Cons:

Further reading: Dreaming Too Loud From Arthur Philip to Julian Assange by Geoffrey Robertson


an-incredible-race-of-peopleKatter’s Australian Party

Pros:

Cons:

Further reading: They’re a Weird Mob by Nino Culotta


Clive PalmerPalmer United Party

Pros:

Cons:

Further reading: Raise the Titanic by Clive Cussler


independentsIndependents

Pros:

Cons:

  • The Outsider  by Albert Camus
    Further reading: Independent People by Halldor Laxness

    The Donkey Vote

    The Pros and Cons in One Song

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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