Federal election - getting the numbers

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Subject: Federal election - getting the numbers
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 14:38:47 +1000
Just got back from the polling station.

It took longer to filling the senate ballot [I put the bird shooters party ~ 50] than to queue [I refused all how to vote cards as I already know how to vote]. Since I live a couple of blocks from the polling station, I counted the birds that I saw while doing my electoral duty. The rule was to walk faster than any incumbent politicians, so the total observation time was equivalent to the time Russell was in his queue.

Now the birds I observed were:
Noisy Miner
Torresian Crow
Rainbow Lorikeet
Aus Magpie
Spotted Turtledove
Straw-necked Ibis [seen in the queue]
Pied Butcherbird
Common Mynah
Crested Pigeon
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Pied Currawong.

Regards, Laurie.

On Saturday, November 24, 2007, at 01:39  PM, storm wrote:

All the more reason to Vote Early!

(if not often :-)

storm, the postal voter

-----Original Message-----
 Behalf Of L&L Knight
Sent: Saturday, 24 November 2007 2:39 PM
To: Peter Shute
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Federal election - getting the numbers

OK, walking from the boundary of the property to the polling booth.
You realise there is also a bias against people who vote at
mid-afternoon, when bird numbers are lower and the queues are shorter.

On Saturday, November 24, 2007, at 01:12  PM, Peter Shute wrote:

Nope, you have to be in the queue. That's the beauty of this
self-handicapping event. Places with more birds tend to have shorter
queues, and people who think getting up early will get them more birds
will have less time to see them.

If we bend the rules we'll have people parking further away just to
get more birds. Or, even worse, *walking* from home (probably Green

Next time I'll try to find a school that has windows in its gym.

I just wish I'd thought of this before I was actually in the queue.

Peter Shute

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