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No Danby on election day – Yom Kippur

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Michael Danby MP
Federal Member for Melbourne Ports

 MEDIA RELEASE

Today the Prime Minister announced that the election will be held on September 14. This coincides with the Jewish Day of Atonement Yom Kippur. As a matter of personal conscience I will be unable to participate on Election Day. It is my practice, with my wife Amanda, to observe Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement).


Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Michael Danby discuss pre-election

I hope my constituents will respect my consistency in this matter just as I try to be consistent in others.

After hearing from the Prime Minister, following her National Press Club address, I am negotiating with the Special Minister of State Gary Gray to ensure arrangements for the fullest participation of the (120,000) Australian Jewish Community in our Australian democratic process.

This will mean extra attention to postal voting and particularly pre-polling in Melbourne Ports and other Victorian seats like Goldstein, Higgins and Kooyong as well as Wentworth and Kingsford Smith in New South Wales and Perth in Western Australia. Many of these electorates already have high levels of postal voting and pre-polling due to shift and emergency workers, travellers and Orthodox Jews being unable to vote during the day on Saturday.

Voting history

Melbourne Ports

2001

2004

2007

2010

Enrolment

88,498

92,740

95,930

97,766

Formal

79,039/89.3%

84,511/ 91.1%

87,984/91.7%

87,669/89.7%

Ordinary

63,134/79.9%

62,392/73.8%

61,058/69.4%

65,860/75.1%

Postal

5,577/07.1%

7,623/09.0%

8,749/09.9%

9,627/11.0%

Pre-poll

5,798/07.3%

6,953/08.2%

10,433/11.9%

4,913/05.6%

Absent

6,464/08.2%

6,905/08.2%

7,555/08.6 %

6,945/07.9%

Provisional

728/00.9%

638/00.8%

189/00.2%

324/00.4%

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0 #3 Karl 2013-02-01 06:28
I think the participation in a boycott by all our federal politicians on this day should be mandatory. Enough that I have to vote at the local school to avoid getting this fine, but the possibility that I might trip over one of our representatives in the queue? This is not a small thing, the price we pay for living in our tolerant nation of good people like Michael and Gary and Julia and our other MHRs. Keep up the good work.
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0 #2 BobL 2013-01-30 11:51
Given that all elections are usually on Saturdays, most of my Jewish friends vote early, anyway. The real problem will be those footy fans whose teams are in the finals. I suspect the journo's will be the only ones to create a fuss
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0 #1 Jodie 2013-01-30 08:38
Very unimpressed by Gillards lack of cultural sensitivity. Michael Danby you deserve far more for your hard work and loyalty. Puts all Jewish leaders in a pickle. If we complain about the date, we are the evil Jewish Lobby. If we don't object, we allow Australia to lose one of its cherished values and become a country led by culturally insensitive leaders. In one foul blow, Gillard has lost my vote. Danby, I know you must stand behind her, but it is just not right what she has done.
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