The muslimvillage.com had come up of Muslim voters guide in their Web site. The guide feature comprehensive graphs of Australian Muslim Population, Policy Positions of Labor, Greens and Liberals.
According to the Web site, its analysis revealed that Australian Muslims voters could play a major role in the Australian Election 2013 as Muslims are majorities in some of the majority seats. Muslims votes are particularly important for the Senate seats.
However, what was noticeable about the voters's guide is the Web site's analysis that voting for Tony Abbott will serve Muslims no good, especially if he wins and becomes prime minister.
"After examining all the issues specific to Australian Muslim interests, we believe it will not be in the Australian Muslim communities best interests to see a Tony Abbott lead Liberal/National government voted in. In fact, we believe that the incoming Liberal Government may end up being be one of the most right wing governments Australia has ever seen," according to the article.
Apparently, Muslims were seeing contradictions with what Mr Abbott say when campaigning to the Muslims as compared to what he say in some campaign events.
Mr Abbott was quoted saying:
"I am the sworn enemy for anyone who seeks to divide Australian over Australian on issues of class, gender, birth place, race and particularly over faith. I believe that all religious faiths seek to come to grips with the complexity of human condition. We have to respect the specialness of that faith to every person."
But only a month after this speech he was then quoted expressing his disapproval of the Muslim women's burqa ban:
"Frankly, it's not the sort of attire that I would like to see widespread in our streets."
And about the same time, he was quoted referring to a Muslim speaker as a preacher of hate.
"I don't think we need the preachers of hate in this country. We certainly shouldn't be giving visas to people who are the people of hate."
At a Muslim event at Melbourne University, where it was a traditional practice to be segregated, Mr Abbott expressed his disapproval of the Muslim practice.
"I just think it's un-Australian what's happened here and I can't understand for a second why Melbourne University would tolerate it"
The Muslims, also found it disappointing to hear a future prime minister to refer to a serious issue like Syria using the childish pharse "goodies versus baddies.
"It's not goodies versus baddies, it's baddies versus baddies and that's why it's very important that we don't make a very difficult situation worse."
By which Kevin Rudd reacted:
"The last time I used the term goodies and baddies, I think was when I was playing cowboys and Indians, in the back garden. I think I stopped doing that at the age of ten."
And lastly, a casual exchanged with a woman shopping, had Mr Abbott revealed his genuine opinion about the Muslims in the country.
Old woman with a shopping trolley: "I want to be in a country that's not going to be run by Muslims."
Tony Abbott: "I understand what you're saying ma'am, and as I said the important thing is to make the borders secure and that way people will be happier that the right people are coming to our country."
AEC Instructions for Ballots
The Australian Electoral Commission reminds all voters that they should fill their ballot papers correctly for their votes to be counted.
Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn said that voters will be given two ballots to complete as follow:
1. On the green House of Representatives ballot paper, voters must number every box in their order of preference, starting at '1' and continuing until they have consecutively numbered all the boxes.
2. On the white Senate ballot paper, voters have the choice to either mark one box above the line with a '1' for the party or group of their choice, or number every box below the line for each candidate in order of preference.
"Instructions are provided on the top of each ballot paper, but if you make a mistake, just ask a polling official for a replacement ballot paper and start again.While candidate representatives outside polling places may offer you a 'how to vote' card, the final decision rests with you and it is a secret ballot. Polling places open at 8am on Saturday and voting will continue through to 6 pm sharp," Mr Killesteyn said.
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