Some of the Greens volunteers
Voting started last week at the busiest polling place in Australian
elections, Australia House situated on The Strand in London. The
embassy is open all this
week, including until 20:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and
Queues at the 2004 election
Australia House saw more than 20,000 voters pass through last time,
with queues wrapped around the block on the busiest evenings. Working
hard to get as many Green votes as possible, while standing out in the
cold, is a small team of Greens volunteers organized by the
resourceful Michelle Wauchope (first on the left in the first photo)
from South Australia.
"Many ex-pats do see the Greens has having an important role to
play in Australia's future," booth coordinator Michelle said. "With
the recent statistics about Australia being the worst Co2 polluters
per capita, the refusal of Kyoto, our role in the Iraq war, and our
treatment of refugees, Australia, and therefore Australians, are often
poorly perceived by the people we brush up against every day."
Last election we were inside the Embassy itself, but this time
party volunteers have been forced into the harsh London winter.
Michelle has found relief from "a set of thermal pants under the
trousers, a scarf and a decent jacket and jumper. Still wish we were
in 32 degree days doing this though!"
So if you're over in London, get yourself down to the embassy and
vote. If you're keen, help out the Greens at the booth.
The full timetable and details of voting are available on the
Australian High Commission site. To get involved in the campaign
in London and help out, get in touch with Michelle by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greens volunteers from 2004 election