It’s one day before the Federal Election here in Australia. I’d forgotten what that means until I saw a tweet just a second ago.
Whilst most politicians have been spending the last five weeks worrying about hitting a snag throughout the campaign, it’s Saturday when the focus is really on the snags. And the onions and tomato sauce. Don’t forget the lamingtons, other baked treats and even perhaps some jams or drinks. Polling day is a big money spinner for school Parents and Citizens (P&C) Associations across this big land of ours.
Whilst the nation is worrying about which party to vote for, a team of parents, grandparents and other helpers are preparing to make cakes, biscuits and other treats to sell at the traditional polling booth fundraiser. I’ve seen some great things over the elections that I’ve voted in, including crochet tea cosies and doilies, dolls, handmade clothes, jams, pickles, cakes, drinks and don’t forget the sanga and sauce.
I’m a big sausage man. I love a sausage on a bit of bread, some BBQ sauce and some nice fried onions to go on top. It’s cheap as, hits the spot and seems to have been a part of my voting tradition ever since my first election. So I agree that it is totally un-Australian for schools around this great land to not be organising a sausage sizzle.
Perhaps I need to organise a crack squad of BBQ aficionados to set up sausage sizzles in schools right around Australia where the P&C Association has failed in their responsibility to the voting public of Australia. I have no idea how someone can be expected to turn up to a polling booth and vote, all the while knowing that there is no sausage and bread waiting for them at the finish line.
So with just one day to go, I make this plea to all schools across Australia. Generations before us fought for this country. The very rights and freedoms that they fought for are being trampled on if your school cannot organise a sausage sizzle on polling day. Think about the hundreds of people who are going to come and vote and expect to be able to get a cheap feed. What sort of society are we creating where access to a sausage on a piece of bread is hard to get?