Last Tuesday April 24th, in partnership with the Ethnic Communities Council for Queensland (ECCQ), Radio 4EB hosted ‘Vote to Influence’, an evening providing the opportunity for local culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women to learn more about the power of their vote. Both in general and as pertains to the upcoming federal election
The event was attended by the candidates from all major political parties competing for the federal seat of Griffith (sans the Hon Terri Butler MP who was caught in Darwin and sent a representative). Griffith, the seat of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd includes Radio 4EB’s home of Kangaroo Point as well as the inner-southern suburbs of Brisbane including Murrarie, Bulimba, Hawthorne, South Brisbane, Highgate Hill, Carina, Cannon Hill, Stones Corner, Greenslopes, Holland Park and Dutton Park.
‘Vote to Influence’ was held to assist CALD women in understanding:
- the power of informed involvement in our democracy
- the process around registering to vote
- how to become actively involved in influencing policy decisions
- how to make informed choices in and around using votes in elections
A safe and inclusive event the underlying principle of ‘Vote to Influence’ was ‘active citizenship’. ‘Active citizenship’ is by definition, being actively involved in making our society a better place by paying attention to issues that affect us, our families, and communities; and working for change.