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73. WE CHANGED THE GOVERNMENT

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In this episode, we're talking about the 2022 Australian election, and what it was ~really~ like on the polling booths.

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Hello, I'm Christen Parison Otto and I'm had a ferguson and where co founders of cheek media go. This is the weekly Cheek podcast. Before we start this podcast, I would like to acknowledge that we are in stolen lands of Viago and terrible people and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and imagining. Welcome back to the weekly cheeks. God. So we're recording this on Sunday, the twenty tewcod of May, the day after the election. Am I so happy? Obviously the libs have lost the election and we're very pumped about it. Yes, and so we wanted to do an episode that's like straightaway. Our thoughts. Yes, Hannah's, I preferred it prepared any thought. I just drove over here and cried. I keep crying. I've been crying a lot in the car. I cried in the car four times yesterday listening to Shannon nold's lift. Someone suggested that for our democracy SNA playlist and I kept listening to and kept crying and then by the time I got to the election results last night, I was like sick of crying. Yeah, so then I got really tired from all the crying. I think the salt in the tears had he had reason. I also literally I remember. I remember thinking yesterday I've been standing in the pouring rain for eight hours and I don't think I've had a glass of water, and the first class of what I drank with it like eleven o'clock, because I was dying by the end of the day. Oh yeah, pretty very dehydrated. Anyway, enough of the tears. Then in this morning I was driving over here listening to lift with a different VIBE. So now I'm listening to Shannow. Know, like now I'm emotional because we did lift, and then I'm crying for a different reason, and then I got here. That's so, if I'm fucking I actually don't even know the song, to be honest, like I doesn't. I can't think about right now. I'm not going to sing it. That's okay, we'll keep it as a mystery. All right. So, first of all, this is the most important note that I wrote. I was watching te beause it's gonna past visual diary. Okay, onto the notes. I wrote that while I was watching Brooklyn n nine this morning. Okay, so what is the most exciting part to you? About last night. Yeah, the Greens in Queensland. Yes, I was shocked and I think that you often hear the Greens talking about seats being winnable and I often think, oh, but come on. Yeah, like I unfortunately like have this whole thing where I'm like, what's winnable? I think there's different versions of winnable for different parties and I really really wanted the Greens to take griffith because it was looking really good and they did very clearly. And then to have Brisbane and Ryan. We we don't know about Brisbane yet as were recording. Yeah, but Ryan to go to the sense looking good for a green senator in Queensland to join lot ofs of waters and watching the Greens pull home in arguably Australia's most conservative state. MMM, is really promising for I mean Tas Mania. I think that when we talk about Australia and we think about who would be pinned as the most obviously conservative, it would be Queensland. Do you think? Yes, I I just feel like it's a myth that people of pedal to the point where now everyone just believes it. But anyway, this shows that the population of Tasmania means that they don't really get considered in that way. Yeah, true, and are especially after the two thousand and nineteen election, everyone's like Oh, thankful, like, Queensland, look what you've done. I remember the next day it was like one zillion memes saying basically want to go fuck yourself, Queens Yeah, and likes Australia, the Australia's Texas and all that Shit. Yes, yes, I think the most exciting thing for me because like to I mean I think we all knew it was a pretty good chance that the libs would lose, but we just didn't know whether, like what what a win will exactly look like, whether it would be labor, whether they'd have to form a coalition, whether it be a hung parliament, blah, blah, blah. And I don't know why, but for the last like two to three days of the election campaign I just had the worst vibes. Yes, and I was like, Oh my God, and I feel like that was when everyone started to get like really confident, everyone around me, and I was like, Oh my God,...

...just like everyone's stay calm, because I just I don't know, and I don't know if this because the weather was so bad. Maybe I think that's something to do with it, but also we would drained like, yeah, tank was empty, I would say five business days ago for me. But also like all of those murdock articles that were like everyone loves it, underdog, don't give up yet because it's not done. I just think that that was a bit and also in the polls, like the coalition had like made a little bit of ground in some polls and I thought that it would be I thought it was going to be close, like much, much closer than it was. I will I kept saying, and I stand by this, I kept saying it's going to go one of two ways, landslide victory for Labor, or we're not going to know last night on the basis that there's too many, too independence and Greens to call it. Yeah, and in a way both of those things happened. Obviously it was obvious to call, but it was close. It wasn't clear last night where the Labor could form a minority or majority government. Yes, and but it looks like they will be out of form a majority. Yes, at the time that we're recording. So we actually got a lot of questions in the last like few days of the election on our instagram that were about like this split in the left, and I do just want to say like it was tweeted, something was tweeted about a split in the left and with no context given, not by us, not another basically, yeah, I was really disappointed because I like the journalist, but the tweet was made with no context. On my first round I was just like what, we have preferential vote in that that makes no sense, because I think that there is like a bit of a myth that it's that when you vote Greens you were taking something from Labor, but generally speaking, when people vote one greens, lay vote to labor, so that's not necessarily the case. So I was a little bit disappointed by this tweet and I was like why they saying that like that we are preferential voting, and then Hannah was like, no, they mean like possibility for a for some you know, a hung parliament or some foot form of coalition to have to be formed by Labor and like Greens in the balance power kind of vibes, and I was like no, see, I actually think the intention was what you're saying, but I decided to take it my way, which you just said, because how easier. Okay, because I like the journalist. I was like, I'm just kind of fucking complete. Yeah, and I don't want to name them because I just I feel like a lot of people are said it. I don't really want to like point out one person. No, agree anyway. And so, yeah, so then Hannah said that's like the way that you took it, and I was like, well, but other care fundamentally different, because I think that what I love. How I said, Oh, I'm going to take as you of you, but I'm saying the views are kind of the same. Like we're talking about the voting versus of the outcome. So I'm saying we'll talking about the split in the left vote would mean that Labor couldn't form majority government and they would have to rely on a coalition with the Greens and Independence to form government. MMM, but it's not that different from what you're saying, which is like at the voting booth, you know, Greens could take away from Labor. It's your kind of the same thing in just to do yeah, a different aspect of the procedure. Fuck, yes, I'm boring the whole sentence. Yes, and also, like am just with the vibe of the questions that we were getting and they were just in question boxing out instagram, so no context was required. But I think it like it just seemed to spook people and people will kind of like, Oh my God, does this mean like the lips might win, which is why I was worried that people are taking it that way. I was like, well, it's not, like it doesn't work like that, like it does. I just it really bothered me that that was kind of the line of speak, of talking, and a lot of commentators did talk about this. Yes, and like at the end of the day, but I think the thing for me that I constantly was thinking last night was obviously the nats and libs form coalition and that's their power. But it's interesting because the nats aren't that powerful, not in very many seats. They are powerful, though. That's the problem. No, but what I mean is if one nation or the United Australia party were actually half decent of what they do, they would be a threat to splitting the...

...right vote. Yeah, and the same sense. Yeah, but they're not. No, they offer like maybe five percent of the vote in most seats that they do well in generally. Yeah, but they also pretty much always vote with the LMP or the coalition and I think when we talk about what excited us about last night, I think obviously the cream the creens and Queenslands, the Greens in Queensland, excited me, but I think what excited me most was seeing the percentage of the vote that the Greens took in every electorate, because what that says is how disenfranchised progressives are with the two party system and how passionate people are about climate action and the war that's been waged on women by the coalition exactly, and that that to me, says everything about our power and the way we've shifted over the last year, especially a hundred percent, and not to like again, I feel with it's like throwing sticks stones at ABC journalist. Look, I really like Annabel crab however, and she wasn't as bad as Lee sales, but the commentary last night was horrific. It was so bad. It sounds, like I said terrific, just that it was harrissimant that, with the H H Hannah, horriffic like the way that people were talking at the journalists were talking about how people like Green, people voting Greens as a protest and voting teal as a protest. Sorry, it's not a fucking protest when the candidate wins. That is that is actually why. Actually know, my bigger problem was the way they spoke to the politicians that were on the panel. Oh yeah, see the way they spoke to tell your plebisode. I know, I don't care about the fucking leap. Who Cares? Throw Shit on him for all I H obviously that's not fair. They didn't even congratulate her on winning, but it was just such an attack and obviously they cutting in and out and going to different fucking parties and blah, Blah Blah. But I understand the sentiment that voting for an independent is a protest, especially when they have no track record in politics, right, but to say that about the Greens is what bothers me, because it's like they are the third major party in this country. Yeah, and what we're actually seeing is young people and older progressive people coming up the ranks, becoming more informed through social media, and that platform has grown exponentially over the last year with platforms like the daily Os. Yeah, who have educated young people, got them more interested and said we have a voice and we can go progressive, we can demand more of these people. It's not a protest, it's a value exactly. And even Toni Green said like at the very start of the night. He said the polls have have ignored the green's vote and he said I think that we'll see a lot more green. Some was indicated in the polls and I think that this is the first time that a lot of people are going to actually take the green seriously because they are serious and like that is a reflection of young, progressive, Progressive Australians, and the Teal independence are reflective of women. Yeah, probably older we like the older professional women, other kind of demographic that has been like that we've heard about. So this is young people and older professional women who are saying that they're fucking sick of the libs, sick of the coalition and also sick of being ignored by the major parties. I remember last night something was said that now in Melbourne the safest liberals seat is fifty kilometers from the city center bay. That is incredible. It's so exciting. Fuck you, Josh Friedenberg. That's one of the things on my list. Josh Fridenberg. Goodbye. I was really scared because it looked for a second like manique cry wouldn't win it at the start, but she did. We would depressed early on about that because again, you put up on Instagram, on our instagram, the seven am the vote podcast with Dr Monique Ryan and her campaign. Yeah, and you put it up on. I then listen to it at the gym and then I cried again. Yeah, I cried about it was amazing listening to her. It was so awesome. And you know, one of the things that is said is to young is one of the safest liberal seats in the country. The average house price in that elector is two and a...

...half million dollars. This woman, a doctor at a public hospital, went up against the treasurer of the country and fucking slaughtered him. Yeah, and that is incredible. It is. It's so good. I think there is a little bit of criticism from people. I've heard about the teal independence and saying like more they're not that progressive, because I think they're progressive. They're obviously progressive on climate and then and I think gender issues or in allegory issues. I cat things like that, but I think there are probably a lot of places where people would prefer them to be more progressive, which I understand obviously, but the thing for me is being the very like fact that they're running predominantly on a climate platform, means big spend on climate and that is just fundamentally not what the Liberals are about. Absolutely, and that's the thing. Majority of these independents are going into liberal seats. Yes, exactly. And you know what? We do talk a lot about how these women are largely white, upper middle or upper class women who are disenfranchise with the Liberal Party and extract and leave, and there's obviously questions around that, but at the end of the day their platform is so much significantly better the liberals are and I would much prefer to have them in their challenging the balance of power between two major parties. Yeah, and even though I think, like Zally Stegel's when last election was like excellent and and fantastic, she was actually known in the community before. Yeah, many Olympic medallist. Yes, Minis Ryan was not known. No, she popped out of nowhere. She as she applied to run like in an as she saw an ad in the paper. Yeah, from the climate two hundred that said they were looking for like independence. Who would, and they're not a party who would like sign up to this climate? Two hundred pletch so she just like popped out of nowhere and fucking beat one of the most like highest holding office. There's something like six seats that are currently looking like they're going to go independent. A Logo Spender, yeah, Zoe Daniels, yea, naughty scamps, Sophie Sigar, you got it. So be scam, so ife scam. Unfortunately, Chris and used the phrase Naughty scamps two weeks ago and now we'm and it wasn't about Sophie scamps, but it was just say someone was a naughty scamp. And then in our messages we've just started going sopis because my super cool, all wedous message about politics. Yeah, we call sophy SCAMPS, Naughty Skim. Sorry, she's not naughty. She's not naughty, she's lovely, I think right. I believe in that. I don't know how. So, if you're up there, yeah, can you please serve tell us if feels love actually really yeah, exciting. Okay, I just want to talk about our speak for a moment. Okay, so I I guess I can say it now because later's on the election, but I wasn't quite sure about our burn because what main reason was. I wanted a woman. You want to Tan you. I wanted Tanya to be the prime minister. Excuse me, and like albow is a career politician and even though, like, I know that probably someone who's new, newer to the game of politics is not going to be electable in the same way. Blah, blah, blah, whatever, I don't care, but I was just a bit like, I don't know, I don't know about him, but when I watched his speech I thought that he's a fucking great speech, like I don't know if I don't know who wrote it, but shout out to them. Really good speech and I think I'm like going to give him another chance, like blanks late were starting again, because I do. When I watched it, I was like, Oh my God, are we actually going to have some progressive policy, because the things that he talked about in his speech were quite meaningful. He opened with an accent acknowledgement of country, which Scott Morrison did not do, and he talked about the lary statement from the heart, which he's committed to, and also, I just wanted to mention that Linda Burnie is going to be the indigenous affairs minister and is the first indigenous woman to ever hold that role, which is really exciting, I think. And Oh, even some of...

...the things that Albo said about about diversity in his speech. He did talk about his, you know, story from public housing. Blah, Blahlah. To be honest, I'm a bit like, okay, we've heard that. I think it's I think it's important, I think it's a really good I think it's a really great opportunity to raise the fact that the prime minister of this country was born and raised in public housing. Yes, with a single mother, yes, and all these things. It is a really wonderful thing. It is, but it is a story that I've heard a million times because I'm typolically engaged and interested in the left. Yes, I don't think everyone knows that, but I think we knew that. Yeah, way, yes, not. So did not to like dismiss his experience. It's just that, like I've heard it so many times, he's also not married, which I think is I mean Julie Giller I did it before him, and she's a woman. But I think it's also just like you know, after the age of Scott Morrison and like being, you know, bringing so much religion into the role. I do like the fact that he is unmarried and divorced even. And there was one other thing. Oh Albo did say also something in his speech about like a God to the Lgbtq, i. A plus community, which I thought was really and that's one of the things that I was like, wow, he said that, and then I was like, Oh my God, how fucked up that. I am like surprised by the lid of a country saying something like that, like that is the conservative Australia we've been living in for the last decade. But to open a speech by reacknowledging your commitment to implementing the aller restatement from the heart and having an inshrine voice in in Strin for first nations, voice in Parliament and, you know, referring to the mighty trade unions. Yeah, friend to the LGBT Qia plus community, like it is horrifying to me how refreshing that is. HMM, it shouldn't be, but it is. Yeah, Um, and I think it's something to be celebrated, but it's also something to be expected. That is the bar now. Yeah, and I think that's really important that we decide this is the new normal as fast as possible and stop giving him a clap every time this happens, because it's amazing and it I't you know, I'll cry. I haven't. Actually I haven't watched the speech in full. I went to bed and then I watched highlights of it, but when I do I'll cry again for the seventeen thousandth time this week. I don't know why I've been doing that, but it this is the new normal. Yes, yeah, and we should never go back. And also, another thing that I thought, and just this morning, is like, thank God we haven't liked gone all America. I was really worried about that, especially because America is likenot doing Mari about. There are meant and I also the other thing that I thought was really good about his speech, and obviously this only counts if he actually follows through, but I have been worried, and this is what's happened in America with Biden in the Democrats, that they've been too scared to do stuff, and like we really desperately need a government, a progressive, more progressive government, to who will actually do things in Australia because of everything that's been shipped away up for the last decade. Oh absolutely, and I think the concern for everyone is is that, you know, we knew that whoever won last night was going to have a hard time, hmm, and I think Labor Party more so, because it is a really hard time to pick up where this government has left off and it is really hard to make fast change when you've made a whole fucking range of commitments, and they have made a lot of commitments. They have, and also the libs have less. The economy in a really bad spot and it's not going to be fixed right now. I'll keep getting worse for a little while and that's going to be blamed on labor even though it's actually more likely to be a hangover from the liberals. Absolutely I'm really interested to see how the murderch meet. I mean by interested I mean absolutely terrified to see how the Murdoch media treats this government. But I also think that having so many Greens and independence is powerful. But having a majority Labor government is also good because the Greens in the independence will force them to the table on issues light climate action. But we also have the power to get legislation through and fast,...

...which is something that the liberals have fucking failed time and time again. I mean their bills are evil, so good that they stuffered and they couldn't get re loose discrimination through and they didn't bother with a federal like I can. Bloody, bloody blah. They have done fuck all. It is it is impossible to understate how little they have done in passing legislation. But they also had a very close call in terms of I think they had one less seat, one more seat. That was a very close balance of power. This time around, labor and the Greens and independence will be able to move through a lot quicker. Yeah, I think, the issue being that we want I want to see the independence and the Greens be able and have the capacities put a lot of pressure on labor. Yeah, agree. And Christina Knilla, I literally thought, okay, let SPA creame because the nearly chrispe cream. So last year, I think around September, couldn't this news onicle, Christina Ken nearly was they at Labor attempted to parish. Well, they didn't. Fuck what, I've done it again. Labor decide. So in my opinion, and what a lot of people are saying is that Christina Kenary was being brought out of the Senate into the lower house so that she could prepare to be like an upcoming Labor leader. Yeah, but to do that, obviously she had to leave the Senate and so the party put her. Well, arguably the right faction of the party put her in the seat of flaff Fowler. But the preselection process had already started and to Lee, who was, who is a lawyer, who had been campaigning in the community for a long time to be pre selected, was like pushed aside for her for can nearly. Anyway. So can nearly ended up winning that and I don't know if anyone remembers, but it truly is a daughter of immigrants who had and she grown up in the community, in the electorate, and nearly had like not. Basically, she had not, and so there was a lot of outcry about this and the I know I just said good things about Albo, but he stood up and said, well, Christina Ken nearly, as a hard work immigrant to Yikes, who came from Nevada, Vega's baby. anyways, I mean it. I can I can understand and I can I can't empathize with it, but I can understand that. POLITEX is all about games and everyone stabbed each other and this has to happen and they have to win and Blah, blah, blah, Blah Blah. To Lee would have had a better shot. Yeah, she was a reflection of that community. She knew that community. Also, they are fucking idiots. They were looking for an opportunity. Yeah, and Christin Nilari fucking lost to an independent right that. That is the final point, is that Chrisina can nearly lost and a parachuted in and then she fucking lost and so she left the Senate to now be unemployed. Also, before we fucking finish on her, she and I'm going to tweet it. I'm going to I'm going to read it on the thirteen of May, just like weeks before the election, Christina Kingly tweeted Labor supports cost recovery from people in immigration detention. The vast majority of people in detention are criminals or have all have violated their visa. Mr Morrison has been in office for nearly a decade, during including as immigration minister. Why has he left it to now to announce this? So she's talking about the cost recovery from people in Immigration. So once that they've been locked up in detention for committing no crime, they would then have to pay for the privilege of being locked in fucking detention with our committing a crime that is so beyond fuck. Anyway, it's okay enjoying the win and enjoying the win people. I hope they're all sitting on seek this morning. So anyway, Christina Kinley was...

...in our naughty books. She's a naughty scamps and I know I'm just making a joke. That's really fucked up, though, what she did. Anyway, she's lost to any dependent. I also think it's important to note that she was the person that flew to see the bill of Willa family and take photos of them, and I know that's I know there there's a range of things about detention and visas and blah blah, Blahah Blah, and it's not the same thing necessarily, but I don't think that you can go and take fucking photos with them one month and then decide to each it like that the next. Exactly, fuck you, Christina, exactly. So now she's unemployed, God bless Oh. The swing in Western Australia. I just want to do a shout out. So we have a six percent about audience in path. So, sorry, doesn't break up by the whole stay and thinks just like city based. So shout out if you're in Wa, you're not in Perth. Nine around a nine percent swing to labor. Huge, huge, I mean you did have Christian polled us, so I can understand why you're angry. Yeah, pop off. Oh, I just got a something's happening. Yeah, Labor now and track for majority government. Go. So shout out to Wa. All in all, I'm just like so glad that I'm not. I I'm really happy that I haven't been in a bubble, because I thought I was like, Oh my God, am I just in a bubble, or is like the things change? But I think that's how we've all felt the last but I mean I think cheek as a whole thing is is a bubble right, and I think that especially, like I think we've all been having really hard conversations with our parents and with our family members and I think that the one of the heart of things is always conversations I was having with my friends were like my conservative family is voting Labor for the first time or voting independent or blah, Blah Blah, and it felt like this was all happening and it felt like everyone hated Scott Morrison. But my other thing was, you know, people getting into the booth and just like Lyne to me. Yeah, like I was just so terrified, like I felt like I was having all these talks and they were all positive, and then I thought, am I just have, you know, extending my echo chamber by one layer and I still have no idea what's going on up there. And I will tell you that the time that we have spent campaigning has been some of the most distressing times in terms of interacting with people that fundamentally fucking hate progressives. When I stood on the booths yesterday for eight hours in the fucking pouring rain, the amount of horrific things that were said to me. Something so concerning that I want to point out, and this really got to me and I've said it to a few people, was the amount of women who just walks directly behind their husband's and the husband would take the liberal or one nation or you AP power to vote and I would say, I would say to their partner, the woman behind them. Can I give you on these and they say, I'm just going to copy his please don't and I just think, is that we're at? Yeah, is that seriously? Wherever at? Hmm, I think to see that. You know, I think they a be serified to its like professional women, the big one of the biggest swings in the country. It's funny, like imagine underestimating fifty one percent of the country. I know it's it's just so confusing to me. Fuck you. But then when I was standing there yes say, and seeing these women do this and seeing mother's talk to their daughters about voting Libralin and seeing these conversations in front of me, it's terrifying. Yeah, but we're not here for anger or sadness, because those people would depress last night, and that makes me very happy. I met so many young lives the last couple of weeks and last night I was just like, wow, you're going to be a third sad. I walked, I approached Kristen out of booth. Can we talk about this? The Gum? Oh so christen had like I came to see Kristin at the booth and I just get some context. I went up and down in my moods on the booth. Yeah, because some days I was like don't speak to anybody, I mean like don't speak to the other volunteers like that, don't speak to the libs, I mean and some and this day I had just I had like cracked, truly well and truly cracked. Carry on. So I approach. I Know Kristen is stands...

O ground. I'm not a confrontational person. I would break down in tears again for the Eighteenzero time. But I'm also don't love controversy. I don't love confrontation. But I was just standing behind Christ and waiting and this Lib. I don't know how it started. This also, can I just say I'm not sure if anyone else noticed this. A new pointed out to me and you're absolutely right. The Lib volunteer shirts are collared. It's just like it's cementing the class divide. Yes, it's like a Polo a every other volunteers wearing a t shirt. I'm backing Peter and they all have the same like high and tight haircut and then wearing fucking Cho's, RM's and most puff of this and the Polo and the CAP, the CAP. I'm backing Peter No stop. So I knew Christen had lost her this was like when no, Thursday. It was Thursday. Were really close and I approached you and I was standing behind you and I hadn't confronted us, spoken to any of the libs when I've been there because I'm terrified. And Chris and just turns to me and the guys obviously like a meet away from me. He can hear us. He's we're sending it a triangle. Chris and tends to me and goes. This guy just spat out his gun into the garden. Do you know how long it takes that Shit to break down? Also, like, I applaud your sentiment, but, like, I wouldn't die on the hill of a piece of Gum. Well, okay, so this is what happened. He we was standing like next to each other, unfortunately, and I started because, I mean, this is impeter Dutton the seat. Unfortunately he did. It looks like he's going to win his seat again, sadly. But I started saying because we all heard, like the all of the liberal candidates are trying to distance themselves from Scott Morrison as much as possible. Like none of their advertising and Shit had Scott on them. So I had started saying a vote for Peter Dutton is a vote for Scott Morrison every time a voter walked past. Yeah, depending on the vibe of the voter. And so he said to me, Ah, you just got to go get the little dance in, do you? And I was like, first all, that's a weird thing to say me. I don't know. I think he thought we were like sparring and I was like no, I just fucking hate you. So it isn't like an enemy still love his smart romance and it was like buck away from like sorry, and I know I took of having a shaped head all the time, but like, do I look like someone who's going to be like TV? Yeah, go fuck yourself, mate. anyways, so I said, I was like, well, it's the worst thing about him, if even though arguably it's probably not. And Anyway, so that had happened and I like just shut it down because I was like, I'm not talking to you and that's also just not really fun for me. And then after a little while longer, he crosses the road where there's a hedge and he gets the gum out of his mouth and he puts it in right in the hedge and he came back and I was watching him and I was like you did not just fucking do that. And we waited like a minute and I was like was that dumb? And he's like yeah, and I was like you can't spit dumb into the garden and he's like, Oh, what do you mean? I was like, well, it's littering. He's just look, Oh, is it? And I was like that's going to take age to break down, thousands of years. It's not actually gonna take that out of the years, but it's actually made a it's plastic. Dumb. How grosser is there? And also in something I didn't say to him is that generally what happens is gum does not break down because a wild animal usually takes it and then chokes to death anyway. So I am going to die in this cell, frankly, and I like look down his shirt and I was like, well, it makes sense, doesn't it, that you would hate the environment. And so then he didn't say anything to me and I like turned away, but we're still like standing very close to each other. And then yet so then Hannah came and I said this thing about how he hates the environment and he but even like he was so smug, like so smart. Yeah, and still just I think thought we were sparring. Anyway. It were about you know, the day kind of...

...went on a bit and I don't know how it came up again the next time and he was just like, he's like we we all make all these assumptions about me and you don't even know me and you hadn't said anything. He had started, I didn't say anything. It was confusing because often like if I'm happy for either of us to antagonize someone. Yeah, but you actually didn't know. I didn't do anything. I was just saying that. Also, there were lots of voters as well, because you called him a litterer. So he said, that's right, I don't even know me, and I was like, well, I don't think that. Like littering is one of those things that's like a personality trait, like yeah, yeah, yeah, also, when it's someone litters, it says a lot about them in my opinions. And also, like I don't have, I have no intention of knowing you. Why would I ever want to? And so he goes on and he's like he's too like a lot. He's losing it at this point. He's like go cun't trying to get in my face and he was like. He was like you just saw that one thing. You made all these assumptions about me, and I was like, what are you talking about? And he's so, he goes, did I start? And I was like that was so weird, it was so embarrassing. It was embarrassing because it was like do you think you're in pitch perfect too? But it was so I think he thought he was intimidated. He's full on my fucking UK. Excuse me. Yeah, literally, like, did I start up? And I was like, what are you talking about? Did I start up? And I was like I mate, I have no idea what you're talking about. Like it was he made no sense, no fucking idea. And, you know, the most powerful thing, and this might be an assumption on my behalf, but I'm pretty sure that the volunteers made him stay away from me for the rest of the time because of what he did. But yeah, because he got into a finally aggressive. Yeah, he was. He like arched up and it's because he was. was He tall than you? In my mind, I was saw than him. I actually think that I could have crushed him with two of my toes had it come to it. He was he was a fairly like he would have been a bit taller, I imagine. Yeah, but like quite a small steed at allways, think you clean and like, no offense to small people, but like he had the attitude of like a chill hour. You know, I want to in our final moments. I want to talk about some of the funding of fucking things that we dealt with in the last probably seventy two hours for the election, when we truly lost it, because we were pretty much doing like when you calculate what we did for cheek plus campaigning, plus our normal work, probably doing six to nowadays. Yeah, and also counting the time that I spent stress before going to sleep each night. I know that you started commentating on voters. Yeah, out loud, out loud to yourself, to myself. When the WAN was around, I started shadow boxing in the shower, like I would get up in the shower and obviously I was sorry. I would get up and then I want to get in the shower, put on my music and the music was really angry, like I'm that angry. Wasn't lived by shot at all. And I would start like and I would make the noise of my mouth like rocky, like supers sho and then I would stop practice a conversation with one my conservative relatives because I was really scared someone was going to ark up at me. Yeah, at the family funeral. Yeah. So I would be like thirtyzero follow that. I need your opinion. Practice gave me the whole Herhole. spilishly. was sitting in this camp chest. One Morning I was like so christened in my mind. They say this and then I say, why did you fuck it? So, yes, there was a lot of things. I started commentating on voters out loud, like muttering yeah, but some of them will pass me and be like no, thank you, and I'd be like okay, then, like then I got worse. So it got like Sofer. For example, so in the first because I was at two different foods in the morning in the afternoon, the first one, five outs on my own, basically because we were all there were three of us, and we're all spread out, setting in the Middle Car Park in the rain, like it was fucking pissing down at some point and it was raining the whole time did not let up for one minute. So that's what's happening. And I have this long raincoat on and really great raincoat, but unfortunately the like the rain was running off...

...into my jeans, so my crotch to my knee were completely wed. My my socks were wet. I had my hood on and I I couldn't see out the side, like a horse with blinders on, so I didn't see where people were coming up behind me anyway, just to set the scene, and people would come up and I would like get the how to vote out of this like folder where they were staying dry, but my hands all wet. So I'd get them out of the folder wet and I'd flop them around. I'll be like would you like the how to vote and they're like Oh, no, thank you, and then I had put the wet one back inside with the dry ones. And so sometimes and then a one nation woman came like a few, maybe fifteen meters away from me, and so I would offer someone a how to vote and then they'd be like no, thanks, and then they would walk off and they would take the one nation, when I was like, Oh, of course you would, you fucking racist I can. That makes sense then and then laud them that, by the way. And then the other thing I did is when people pretend like they can't see you. Oh it's so bad. This woman gets out of the car because the parking was a nightmar won go intol. This is very boring, but there were no parks could explode. The configurate this slide. This like car comes up, a couple, man and a woman, and the woman gets out of the car and I give her the I like gesture for her to take the hot a vote and I say like which I how to vote, and she just looks ahead and I know she can hear me, but she's pretending she hasn't heard me, and I'm was like a meter away from her, and she pretends she can't see me as well, and then she walks around the front of the car and she walking around the front of the car. The her boyfriend is like edging forward, so it's getting really close. Like the car came Amam like probably tooth and I meat away from her leg and I was just like so I was commentating out loud and I was just like, Oh, well, I know you can see me and I know you can make me. What now you're gonna get run over by your boyfriend? That was so be ripe or ignoring me, like it just got really very, very unhinged. Well, I feel like I had a few men making like sexual, harassy comments to me yesterday and then I got to a point where, like one of them said something, and then he said or anyway, I would never vote Greens or Labor and then, as he was walking out, it was walking away, I heard myself say under my breath, I bet you wish I couldn't read. I know that we had it your way and that that happens so many times. Like, Oh my God, can I just say how many men would not have take a out of vote from me? Tout, only take it from a man. Happened to me so many times. Yeah, even some women. Yeah, rude, rude. Anyway, I think we can laugh about this shit now. Yeah, I said on a story that the day one of the final things is I stood next to a candidate who's a woman, on a on a booth during prepol and. One of the worst things I heard was a man come up to her and say, if I knew you were that good looking, I would have voted for you last time and his wife was with him and his kids. Oh my God. Yeah, and so many people make comments about whether she did or didn't look like her photo on the poster. If you have old or younger like it is disgusting and the worst part about those scenarios is that you have no power to fight back because you're trying to be an elected representative for the community and you ate just smile and take it. Yeah, there's a lot of drumatizing things that happened in a lot of I think it's really good too. It's hard because we felt were in an fo chain, but then we've been going out and doing that, yes, seeing the worst, so we did know. Yeah, I think it felt very blue though. Yes, it did, and also like the the wall, Palmer and one nation. Votes are down last time we saw in Australia, thank God, but there were so many two people taking their how to vote. Some pretty poel yeah, concerning amount and this one fon volunteers. The last any Jaidi'll share was like started talking about pauline and she was like, Oh, makes like this is Pauline's party, like, make sure you vote for Pauling. She's up in the Senate and she was like, Oh, yeah, pauline has covid at the moment, but don't worry too days she'll be back to normal. Should be good as new. And he's like, I hope she's got either Acton at home or fuck yeah, like these people are actually I mean, I know I see commentary about them,...

...but I'm like fuck, they're real, real real life. I saw a UAP volunteer talking to a voter about the quote was the Batim. If you get all five strains of COVID, nineteen you get HIV. That is fucked up. That shouldn't be legal. You should not be allowed to go out in public and say that to people. Yeah, that's the worst thing. And okay, so I have a I said. Finally, but this is an extra long episode for fun. I was really, really mad at the Palmer candidate that I saw a few times because she was spreading disinformation. Like her. That was like that was her fucking job. Yeah, and I said that to someone and I was and I was just so mad because I was like this is so predatory, the stuff that they're saying, and the person I said it too was like well, you know the like they're kind of caught up in it as well, and I was like, yes, like the person to be held the most accountable should be Clive Palmer because he is n'tabled list and he has so much fucking power and money. But I also hold the candidates personally responsible as well because, like, I get it, they've been like, you know, tricked by all this missinformation and disinformation, but they are now going and repeating it and they have some semblant, like I mean they got a couple percent of the vote, but some semblance of power, and I just think that they should still like if there's a pyramid of responsibility, Clive Palmer's at the top because he has the most power, but those people still have power and they still should be held accountable for spreading downright lies. Yeah, it was all about vaccine, because that's their only platform. Freedom, freedom, freedom, yeah, freedom from a coalition government. Congratulations everyone. Yes, so excited for us all, Queens, but kings and non binary world. Don't you fucking Darren, follow us, because we're just getting going. I actually was like, Oh my God, you know, I think a few people's message just like what, well, you do now that you've done it, and it's like you think that's it? Yeah, exactly. We're done now. Goodbye, way, goodbye. This is how goodbye. But we weren't running a weird camp exactly. So we've done a lot of feminist content, especially on the podcast. So don't worry, plenty still to come. Holding the new government to account, first of all. That's one of the things it will be doing. Maybe now that's got shot the prime minister, he'll have time to come on the pod. If what's the point now, or I'd be so funny you lost. I want him to know me enough to hate me. That's like a bucket list item. You want to be hated by. I want him to like have a night to like know enough about me to like blind hatred. If you didn't find us a completely insufferable come back next Wednesday for a new episode. Could also find us on instagram at cheek media co or online cheek Mediacom. To date, you yes, that flat. That's the one.

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