Australia, as a nation, went to the polls on Saturday the 7th of September for the National Election for the Federal Government.
The major parties involved in this were the Liberal and Labor Parties of Australia, with other minor parties involved too- hey, it's a democrasy.
The results at the end of the day were pretty much a landslide victory for the Liberal Party, more than likely caused by the bitter aftertaste of the highly publicised and constant leadership contesting debarkle that has plagued Australian politics over the last six years.
That aside, my point is this: even though The Liberals claimed such a victory, headed by now Prime Minister Tony Abbott, how is it that there has been such a critical backlash splattered all over social media? Upon the announcement, thousands took to Twitter, Facebook and other outlets to voice their negative oppinion over the outcome.
I asked myself the obvious question: "How come there's so much hate and negativity from pretty much every social media circle I'm involved with, and yet they won regardless?"
It just seemed strange that a party could win with such a lead, and yet everywhere I turned, people were disgraced and dissapointed by the loss. I guess that it is true when they say people will be more willing to share their negativity and unhappiness at something, than their positivity, but I think it's more that this.
Then, I saw a post asking this similar question on facebook: "So... was anyone ACTUALLY backing the Libs?". The responses involved "crickets chrip", "Tumbleweed rolls down deserted streets", "Everyone is wondering the same thing", but the actual responses that narrowed in on the real truth was by one response that said:
"Australia has an ageing population and that older population is religious, homophobic and scared of technology. They obviously don't use social media but there are a lot of them to vote for someone whose outdated ideals match their own."
This is perfectly summed up by that one comment!
I undertook a survey by the ABC here in Australia, called Vote Compass. In this survey, they asked a series of pressing questions to which you answer truthfully and it compares/matches your ideals and position on certain topics with the compatibility to the policies of each party. I found that my position on the graph was cloesest to Labor and furthest from Liberal (much to my father's horror!!). I am of Generation Y (27 years old) and technology, the environment as well as other specific issues are on my list of priorities- ones that didn't align at all with the Liberal Party's views.
When I asked a few friends of the same age as me to undertake this survey, I found the same thing: they all put the most value on the same issues I did, and therefore received a similar outcome- that Labor was the best choice based on their responses.
In regards to something that effects the entire Australian population that is the Federal Election, nothing shows Generation Gaps than this example right here.