Icy Poll 1 - Who should be PM?
Last week I got this idea. Why not ask people what they think in exchange for delicious treats? So on Thursday I did. (the video)
All it took was 60 icy poles and 90 minutes. I setup my eski and camera outside Swinbourne University in Hawthorn. Two friends and I began filling a ballot box with votes for PM. Soon the home-brand icy pole reserve was exhausted. Incredibly all but two or three (melted) icy poles were given away. Not to mention the brilliant students that wanted to vote irrespective of frosty prizes.
Unwittingly, I’d discovered why all real elections have sausage sizzles. It’s amazing how willing people are to take free, unbranded and melting food from strangers. To the credit of the students, many people questioned my motives. Who was I? Why was I doing this? Fair enough - I would be doing the same. My challenge was how to convey that I’m wasn’t a crazed Socialist Alternative, pesky Young Liberal or brooding Marxist. Putting that message on an A4 with a sharpie proved difficult.
Beyond hungry students with classes on a Thursday, I don’t pretend that the poll properly represented any substantial demographic. Kevin Rudd probably won because he was the first docket option. Still, it does echo opinions held by many young Australians. Few are interested in politics and less are informed. A majority do not take it seriously. And why would they bother?
When was the last political decision that effected a young person’s daily life?
Find the video here. I’ll be doing another Icy Poll soon. Only this time with everyone’s frozen retro favourite, Zooper Doopers. Location and date are yet to be decided, but it will never be near a waterfall again. To lick, vote and/or be filmed, follow me on Twitter or Tumblr for updates.