Unite the Union

Unite the Union

November 19, 2007 06:58 ET

Australians hit the road to vote

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2007) - ALP Abroad, Australian Labor Party international supporter network, is Inviting Australians living and studying in Oxford to join them on the bus going from Oxford to Australia House in London this Thursday (22nd November) so they can cast their vote in the Australian election.

The key issue in this critical election will be fairness at work. Australians living in the UK can vote either by post or in person at Australia House, which is the single largest polling station in Australian elections, including Australia.

Voting in the Australian general election began on Tuesday 13th November and ends on the 23rd November.

ALP Abroad President, Paul Smith, said:
"A Labor government under Kevin Rudd will scrap Mr Howard's unfair workchoices laws and restore fairness and balance to the workplace.

"It is important that Australians living in the UK use their vote to ensure we have a government to be proud of when overseas and one that ensures fairness and opportunity when we return."

The election date in Australia is Saturday 24th November. Polls are predicting that the Labor Party could win and speculate that that John Howard may lose his Sydney seat. Overseas votes will be key to the outcome.

Photo Opportunity
Where: Outside Trinity College, Oxford
Time: 2 pm bus departs
Date: Saturday 17th November
Photo: Young Australians wearing Kevin 07 t-shirts, boarding bus.

Notes to editors:

1.The Australian Labour Party abroad has been running a voter registration campaign and now is conducting an overseas campaign in the UK for the Australian election on November 24th.

2.London is the largest single polling station anywhere, including Australia, in Australian elections.

3.20,669 Australians voted in London in 2004.

4.Over 250,000 Australians live in the UK, most of which are eligible to vote.

5.At the last election which Labor lost, the London booth supported Labor 2:1.

6. Most Australians in the UK registered to vote, cast their votes in person at Australia House but they can also vote by post. Postal applications must lodged by the 22nd of November.

7. How the overseas vote made a difference in the 2004 election
In the 2004 elections the Adelaide seat of Hindmarsh was by Labor by 113 votes. The margin of victory was the vote cast in London

8.How the overseas vote in could make the difference in 2007
Minister for Environment Malcolm Turnbull's seat of Wentworth which includes Bondi Beach is the seat most likely to be decided by the overseas vote. Wentworth with a margin of 2.6% is the most marginal Coalition held seat in NSW. It has the highest number of registered oveseas vote

9.Prime Minister John Howard's own seat of Bennelong is the second most marginal coalition seat in Sydney. In any seat that is a close finish like Hindmarsh in 2004, the overseas vote can be crucial. It is worth noting that John Howard's marginal seat of Bennelong had 193 votes cast in London in the 2004 election, well above the median average of overseas votes cast in an electorate.

Contact Information

  • Matt Baker
    07814 647966
    Paul Smith
    07939 240228