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posted by David Doe, 29 Jun 2010
A little over 9 months ago, I started Gamers4Croydon with this post on the Steam forums. I could never have imagined how far it would go, nor how well it would be received. Every now and then I look at the Steam group, the Facebook page and the election results, and the enormity of what we did as a community hits home.
No, we didn't win any seats, but we certainly exceeded our pre-election expectations by a large margin. We put political pressure on and helped unseat an Attorney-General (who was oddly absent throughout the ALP's 2010 campaign). We (along with others) helped raise public awareness of the classification debate by getting on mainstream radio and television and outlaying the facts as they are, rather than as they are perceived or often portrayed. And personally, I'd like to think that we brought something genuine to the political process and managed to engage a previously disengaged and largely overlooked segment of voters.
But all good things come to an end, and it's time to pass the torch on to people with the resources and experience necessary to bring the change to bear politically. Having successfully been a part of removing one of the largest roadblocks to classification reform in this country, we feel that Gamers4Croydon has run its course as a party. As a result, we are in the process of de-registering the party. Once again, we'd like to thank everyone who contributed to the campaign.
We've been highlighting other political parties recently because we want to continue to engage people in the political process. Our platform of progressive and pragmatic change can still be represented in parliament, but you need to research your vote. It is no secret that the Australian Sex Party endorsed us for the South Australian election, and our preference deal with The Greens was something we unashamedly advertised (even if it didn't quite work out the way we'd negotiated).
As one door closes, another opens. While we will not be contesting the upcoming federal election, the G4C team will continue to help gamers' voices be heard, and we will continue to hold our elected parliamentarians accountable. If you supported Gamers4Croydon's bid for election in South Australia, you aligned with our policies and you wanted to see us run federally, you should look very closely at both the ASP and The Greens. They're the closest aligned to us ideologically and we all share many common policies. Better, if you want to be a part of something special and something that you'll always remember, get involved with their campaigns. I know they would love any help they can get; we sure did, and it can be a lot of fun too.
2010 is the dawning of a new age of politics in Australia; the age of the informed voter. This election may not have gamers running in it, but it's certainly going to have them participating every step of the way.
Get informed, involved and talking.
Change the world.
David Doe / r1nce
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