‘I just lost my will to live listening to this woman’: Voter is ridiculed for declaring that she wants a new prime minister – after voting for the Liberals
- The voter was interviewed by Qatari news channel Al-Jazeera in Corangamite
- She said she wanted change but voted blue because she was a ‘die hard Liberal’
- Her contradictions were met with frustration from voters on social media
A voter has sparked anger on on social media for saying she wanted a new prime minister but voted for the Liberals anyway.
The unnamed voter was interviewed by Qatari news channel Al-Jazeera in the hotly contested Victorian seat of Corangamite moments after casting her ballot.
She said she wanted change, especially regarding health, education and climate change – but said she did not vote for Labor because she was a ‘die hard Liberal.’
The unnamed voter (pictured) was interviewed by Qatari news channel Al-Jazeera in the hotly contested Victorian seat of Corangamite moments after casting her ballot
Journalist Andrew Thomas posted his interview with the woman in Twitter on Wednesday – and it sparked frustration from viewers.
The clip starts with the woman explaining her priorities, saying: ‘Australia needs some change, especially when there’s big policies on environment and education so hopefully today’s the day we get some action.’
Mr Thomas then asks the woman if she’s voting for Labor and she replies: ‘No. Not not at all. I’m from country New South Wales I can’t vote Labor.’
The reporter says that the issues she mentioned tend to be championed by Labor and the woman replies: ‘That doesn’t mean the Liberals don’t have policies on them.’
Referring to how the Labor and Liberal parties have changed their own leaders over the past decade, the woman says she’s sick of political infighting.
‘I want somebody to stay in and make some tough decisions,’ she said.
But then, when asked if that meant sticking with the current Prime Minister, the woman replied: ‘Bring in a new one, I don’t like anyone.’
Mr Thomas asks ‘all that lends to you voting Labor doesn’t it?’ and she replies with a laugh and a smile and gleefully says ‘but I didn’t.’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and former Corangamite Liberal MP Sarah Henderson
The woman then explains that she wants a new prime minister but wants them to be from the Liberal Party rather than changing the government.
‘I’m a die hard Liberal and I do think the Liberal Party has an option to do something for the Australian public and I just think they need a bit of a shake-up within their ranks’ she says.
Her contradictions were met with frustration from voters who watched the video.
‘I think I just lost my will to live listening to this woman,’ wrote one.
‘The last 10 seconds makes me want to stick two pencils in my nose and slam my face into a desk,’ added another.
One commenter wrote: ‘Unbelievable. Says what she wants. Votes against it.’
While another joked: ‘Does Chris Lilley have a new character?’
Mr Thomas said he posted the full video not to mock the woman but to give an insight into how voters make decisions.
He said: ‘I found it remarkable – particularly with hindsight – and thought it worth posting in entirety.
‘Not mocking her, but understanding how voters’ minds – rather than the media’s – tick.’
Labor’s Libby Coker won the seat after sitting Liberal member Sarah Henderson conceded following a tight race.