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281 – Australia Voted 2019

Australia Voted 2019 - The Adelaide Show election night coverage on WOW FM

In this week’s episode of The Adelaide Show, we are recording most of the show live on air at WOW FM as we reported on how Australia Voted 2019.

Our guest commentators are Robert Godden, Jim Manning, and Nigel Dobson-Keeffe.

We also hear from the voice of real Australia – Pauline Williams from the Williams Kingston SE Newsagency. Pauline’s story ties together many of the strands of what we ideally consider the Australian way of life; geographical mobility, enterprise, and having a community rally around you in times of struggle.

This week, the SA Drink Of The Week is the tea blend, Jim’s Caravan.

And in the Musical Pilgrimage, we have a track from Sarah Jane Justice.

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Running Sheet: Australia Voted 2019

00:00:00 Intro
Pauline’s breathing
00:00:15 SA Drink Of The Week
General introduction leading into our tasting of Jim’s Caravan tea blend by The Dovotea is the SA Drink Of The Week.
00:12:39 Pauline Williams

Pauline Williams owns and runs the Williams Kingston SE Newsagency, and has done for about five years. The newsagent is one of the central community hub for residents in Kingston SE and Pauline relishes that role.

In this chat, Steve asks her about how she ended up running the newsagency, the challenges of meeting changing needs in the marketplace, and the nature of community in regional towns in 2019.

00:31:00 Live election night coverage on WOW FM

This part of the show will be drawn from various segments of discussion broadcast on Saturday night, May 18, 2019, on WOW FM 100.5.

The panel consisted of Robert Godden, Jim Manning, Nigel Dobson-Keeffe, and Steve Davis.

It will include discussions about the following: time taken to turn up to vote, the pencil in the voting booth, whether or not voting is truly compulsory, whether there should be a maximum voting age, and many more.

Paul Gordon’s post didn’t make it into the cut but is an interesting quote that sparked much discussion. We might need him as a guest next time!
With the election on tomorrow, I feel it is time for my usual political rant. This year, what I hope is that everyone reading this takes pride in our democracy. That no matter how much you dislike politicians or the political process, you will recognise that we have a system in which changes of government can happen peacefully, and where every person has a right to have their voice heard. I hope that you refuse to follow how to vote cards, and make up your own mind on who to vote for and who to preference. I hope you understand that you can’t ‘throw away’ your vote unless you spoil your voting paper, and that the party you give your first preference to will (if they get more than 4% of the vote) receive money for your vote even if they aren’t elected. I hope that you vote for a progressive, positive, inclusive society, and identify candidates who will try to deliver one. I hope that you remember that friends don’t let friends vote for racist bigots, or millionaires with more dollars than policies. I hope you vote below the line, as sometimes even a party you support may have a jerk of a candidate as their top senate pick. Most of all, when all is said and done, I hope you will join me in my election tradition of gathering as many how to vote cards as you can when you enter the polling station, vote, and then as you leave the polling station, passing those still lined up to vote, throw the cards up in the air like confetti, shouting loudly and proudly ‘Yay! Democracy!’. Happy election everyone!

01:45:50 Musical Pilgrimage
In the musical pilgrimage, we have a track called No Answer by Sarah Jane Justice.
The opening verse makes this the perfect choice for tonight.
Today I made my final choice
I won’t look when I hear your voice
I’ll turn my head and walk away
And I will be ok

Here’s this week’s preview video:

SFX: Throughout the podcast we use free sfx from for the harp, the visa stamp, the silent movie music, the stylus, the radio signal sfx, the wine pouring and cork pulling sfx, and the swooshes around Siri.

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