I love living in Australia... well, mostly.
It's big, it's friendly, the weather in Sydney is fabulous.
But to be an Aussie means having to vote. Since 1911, one must be enrolled on the electoral roll. From 1924 voting is compulsory for everyone on that roll. Failure to vote means having to turn up in court and cop a fine. Refuse to pay that fine and you could be thrown in jail.
To be on the electoral roll also means you can be summoned for jury duty. I've copped it sweet, criminal case expected to last 3 weeks from 30 March.
Employer has kindly begged the Sheriff's office that I be let off, otherwise there goes this quarter's financial reporting.
... or I could always turn up in jeans with joint hanging from my lips mumbling "Peace man! That pig is guilty as hell."