Federal election - getting the numbers

To: Birding-Aus <>
Subject: Federal election - getting the numbers
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 16:34:56 +1100
L&L Knight wrote:
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.

I had a similar plan, and used Google Earth to choose a route making the
most of the local vegetation as cover, and a quick dash across the road
to the entrance.  It mostly worked, though the queue left me stranded
in the open...  I met the local Greens senate candidate, Kerry Tucker,
so it seemed rude to decline a how-to-vote card.  The other was from an
ALP helper, who must have mistaken me for someone else: "Kevin?"

Running the gauntlet of the local primary school teatowel and cookery
book hard-sellers on the way out was more harrowing that avoiding the
party reps. on the way in!  ;)

My own ballot list was far more modest than others:
   Red-rumped Parrot
   Pied Currawong
   Rugrattus sp.


   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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