I blog for Change…

As I attempt to orient the windy and often treacherous roads that encapsulate life, here are some of my thoughts on the successes, failures and ultimately the hope and positivity in which I strive for a better world. I also hope that I can use this blog as a platform to elevate the social justice issues that are somewhat forgotten in the modern discourse of staying silent on issues that challenge. Sx

Make Your Vote Count.

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Election time is almost upon us and this particular installation looks to be too close to currently call. I’m always wary during campaign times of touting my political opinion in public, or more contextually, across social media. So today, instead of posting my support for any one political party, I will instead urge each and every one of you to utilise your individual and collective democratic rights at this time and make an informed choice. As we go to the polls tomorrow let’s try and abolish some of that political apathy that has descended on us after a long and often times, tedious campaign trail.

The past few years in Australian politics have unfortunately been dominated by in-party squabbling and leadership spill after leadership spill. It’s easy to say that majority of us have been appalled by the behaviour of those who are supposed to be our duty bearers and representatives on the global stage. But let’s try not to get distracted by the ugly nature of a clash of personalities and egos involved on both sides of the political spectrum and instead focus on the facts and the policy platforms of the parties we have to choose from.

Let’s look to cast an informed vote based on what is best for our country and its citizens. When I go to the polls tomorrow I will cast my vote to elect a party to power with a political platform based on mutuality, respect and decency; one that promotes regional security through investment in the economic development of our neighbours and invests in community development and governance structures of developing nations worldwide. One that that treats all human beings with dignity and adheres to the binding standards of the Humanitarian Charter with regards to those who end up on shores in the pursuit of a life free from oppression and persecution. I will consider the environmental fate of our planet and promote a party who seeks to reduce our carbon footprint and is committed to investing in alternative energy sources. But that’s just me…..

So remember when you go to cast your vote on that ballot paper tomorrow, consider the things that are important to you, the non-negotiables; and when you put pen to paper and exercise your democratic right, make sure that you make it count.



Author: es.el.gee

Sabene is a development practitioner, activist, writer, blogger and intersectional feminist. She currently works for CBM Australia and manages its East Africa & Philippines portfolio of Community Based Inclusive Development programs. Sabene’s expertise specialises in the intersection of gender and disability. She is passionate about equality and social justice and serves as the founder and editor of SpeakYoTruth, an online publication aiming to elevate the voice of women, specifically women of colour, women with disabilities and those who identify as LGBTQI. The platform seeks to create a safe space for women to speak their own unique stories and raise issues which are most important to them as individuals.

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