In the tradition of UK newspapers, this blog/podcast has decided to throw its (rather small) weight behind a political party at each Australian federal election. And this time around, the decision is easy.
The 2010 Australian federal election is the most vision-less election in which I have had the privilege of voting. Without going too much into my own political leanings, what sways me in a federal election are a party's social policies. Economists study for years to develop economic policy and so I don't have a particular viewpoint on whether free-market economics are better than highly regulated systems (although the recent financial crisis would suggest that you do need regulation). In any case, both major parties in Australia pretty much swap economic policies, each accusing the other of taxing too much at one time or spending too much at another - there isn't much difference between them.
But what does influence my vote is progressive social policy. And the only party with that in this election is The Greens. They are the only party that may actually move us forward (to coin a popular phrase...)
For the purposes of this here science blog, let's quickly compare the attitudes of the major parties tow...