Petition for Queensland state election to be made safer from Covid threat

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  1. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    I have signed this today and sent it to anyone else who I could send to.

    We went to the early voting place the morning after postal voting applications closed.

    Chose not to queue with the 40 others waiting to get in to vote, and drove home.

    I called to ask if they would extend the postal vote deadline... no.

    I explained my husband cannot fight infection and he was able to telephone vote, and that also meant they would allow me to do the same, as the obvious risk is I can bring Covid home to him (or any other illness I might pick up).

    My 91 year old mother-in-law was told she was not eligible for a telephone vote because she is not ill. I told her to call back and tell them she is not well, but she cannot get through.

    This is crazy. No way are we going to vote on Saturday. We will pay the fine, but would fight it first.

    I'll still try to telephone vote but I'm guessing won't be able to get through.

    I'm hoping enough people sign this petition to allow safe voting at a later time, or at least allow everyone to telephone vote.

    E-Petition Details - Queensland Parliament
     
  2. Elives

    Elives Well-Known Member

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    done - 100% agree with you.
     
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  3. Tyler Durden

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    My elderly parents, both with high-risk medical issues were going to do the same thing @wylie and I don't think either of them have missed an opportunity to vote in their lives.

    Signed and passed on.
     
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    We voted this morning with my wife. We had an elderly neighbour (96 year old) who was feeling unwell exempted from voting by arrangement with the manager at the polling station. I removed my wife's elderly mother who is in a nursing home from any and all voting two years ago.

    It is lunacy that the polls aren't deferred for at least six months.
     
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  5. Lizzie

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    I've been online voting for the last 4 years in NSW for both State and Local ... do you not have that yet?
     
  6. kierank

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    As part of our risk analysis, we self-isolated around three weeks ago.

    As part of that exercise, we registered for postal votes.

    Ballot papers were received yesterday and have been completed. Just need to go out and post them. That will be on our next food purchase fun (we only leave home once a week).

    From memory, we have 10 days from this Saturday to get them in. We can meet that requirement.

    We have started a daily log of our our contact with others - when/where we go out (i.e. food shopping, doctor visits, etc) and when someone comes to our home (e.g. tradies, couriers, etc).

    That will make contact tracking a lot easier for us, should we become inflected.

    Trying everything to make the situation as stress free as possible.
     
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  7. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    Not yet. Maybe this will force that situation to change.
     
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  8. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    It's Qld, they're getting dial-up ADSL soon. :rolleyes:
     
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  9. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    We're still using two jam tins and a bit of string.

    Seriously, I've put off moving to NBN for as long as I can and we have until August this year (I think) to move over. I'm wondering now if I should have jumped earlier. After the hours I spent disconnecting all utilities at two houses and then trying to reconnect, and now still trying to sort out this stuff for our build, dealing with NBN for our own house was something I just couldn't face.

    I may come to regret that.
     
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  10. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    It'll depend upon the technology which is being delivered whether it was better or worse than two cans & high tension nylon.
     
  11. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh... no fancy "high tension nylon" here...

    Just good ol' brown string. :D
     
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  12. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    So you'll be on FTTN and over 1000m from the node.
     
  13. Lizzie

    Lizzie Well-Known Member

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    weeeeeeell - after the abysmal performance of the network yesterday Telstra did say it has the option to downgrade the mobile system back to 3g to expand the bandwidth available, to cope with an extra couple of million adults and kids working from home ... and reduce bandwidth on the NBN to reduce picture quality but extend availability ...

    Now where did I put that bit of string?
     
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  14. Nodrog

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    Same here. It was obvious the virus was becoming an issue so my wife simply registered for postal voting online. Can’t get much safer than that,

    We’re doing our best to isolate ourselves. Grocery shopping is the main thing one of us still has to do. But go early morning when IGA up here is much quieter.
     
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