I’m a small ‘s’ swinging voter – and proud of it!
WITH an election looming, let me be really clear about my political leanings - I'm a swinging voter.
During the course of my 35 years on the electoral roll, I have voted for just about everybody: Nationals, Labor, Greens, Sun Ripened Warm Tomato Party and donkey vote.
I've written "no dams" across my ballot paper and even voted for the person or party I thought would get the least amount of votes because I felt sorry for them.
I know people want to paint me into the left corner of politics, but recently I had an email deriding my right wing leanings.
So, dear readers, I'll let you in on a little secret, I've never been a member of any political party.
I've never handed out "How to vote cards" for any candidate at a polling booth.
And here is why: I like to make my mind up about issues on an individual basis.
Which means it is rare that one party, or one candidate, fully encapsulates what I think about every single thing.
I've never voted exactly how my mother or father did, nor do my politics align to my wife's on every issue.
The closest I've come to blind faith in any one team is the Carlton Football Club. I've followed them since childhood and will continue to do so regardless of whether they win or lose.
My advice to voters at the next election - look at the issues that are most important to you and make up your own mind.
I simply don't believe in slavishly following one party over any of the others throughout the course of my electoral life.