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Watt’s the answer

By Advertising Feature - 28 September 2012 246

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My name is Matt Watts and I am a Liberal Candidate for Ginninderra in the October 20 Assembly election.

Regular readers would know me as the first candidate to donate Lego and participate in the RiotACT’s Candidate Lego Challenge (link). You may also have seen me at a shopping centre or at your front door, spreading the word that I’d be an effective local MLA.

I asked the RiotACT team to leave the comments functionality switched on so that we can have an open dialogue. The RiotACT team advised me that they’ll have to moderate anything that’s off-topic, yet I’m happy to answer general questions about my beliefs, background, policies, etc.

If you want the official Canberra Liberals policies, head here. Now – about me:

I was born in Sydney. My mum’s a teacher and my dad was trained as an electrical engineer, starting his career at the Sydney County Council before a couple of moves to now work for Boral. One grandfather was a plumber, and the other grandfather was a manager at Sunbeam back when they made quality products in Australia. I mention this background to enforce that, whilst I am an established public servant, and proud of the service I have performed for the community through my work, I wasn’t spawned within the APS bio-dome.
I joined the Department of Immigration as an APS 1 in 1999, straight after completing my HSC, with a view to supporting my studies via the APS. I commenced a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney Uni in 2000, with which I was mightily unimpressed (and it me, probably), so I soon got over that distraction and stayed with Immigration. I moved to Canberra in 2003.

I was involved in Immigration’s response to the Palmer and Comrie reports and, with my interest in administrative matters piqued, I resumed study and obtained my Master’s in Public Policy (specialising in social policy) from the ANU.

Work has taken me on deployments to remote areas; most recently I spent six months as a director on Christmas Island. I haven’t travelled much, but I enjoy experiencing new environments. My first overseas trip took me to Canberra’s Friendship City, Dili, and I was amazed at certain correlations between our two cities!

I am a Hash House Harrier, both locally and whenever I travel. It keeps me relatively fit and I’ve met people of really diverse backgrounds. I also enjoy reading widely including history, magazines on current affairs and comics, supporting live local music, whisky tasting, walking (which is handy because I’ve never had a driver’s license), reading and TV shows like Doctor Who.

At various levels over the years I’ve been a member of the Belconnen Community Council, the Australian Privacy Foundation, Neighbourhood Watch, the Australian Institute of Administrative Law, the Institute of Public Administration Australia, ACT Light Rail, Music ACT, Friends of the (Australian War) Memorial and Electronic Frontiers Australia. I was even involved in the CPSU at one stage. I’m also a Justice of the Peace. Being involved in my community is important to me.

I’ve been a member of the Liberal Party since I was sixteen because I’ve never liked the nanny state. I ran as a candidate for Ginninderra in 2008 and as Senator Humphries’ running mate in 2010 (I am likely to have been a Senator if I didn’t save Gaz from the path of a speeding van as we were crossing Northbourne Ave!).

I am especially interested in improved local service delivery, planning and infrastructure, liquor licensing, higher quality community consultation and strengthening the quality of public administration within the ACT Government, particularly with regards to unintended consequences. For example, the feel-good plastic bag “ban” has led to more non-biodegradable bag use in landfill and increased litter in our streets; government intervention is rarely a panacea. Government should serve the Canberra community more than it tries to socially engineer it.

If you want to meet me in person, I will be at the October Hall Markets in the afternoon, and I am at the Jamison “Trash and Treasure” every Sunday morning until the election.

Over to you…!

[authorised by stephen doyle – liberal party canberra]

What’s Your opinion?


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246 Responses to
Watt’s the answer
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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 10:35 am
02 Oct 12
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460cixy said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Golden-Alpine said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

CanberraChristina said :

LSWCHP said :

Matt_Watts said :

460cixy said :

Well Matthew what’s your opinion on weapons in Canberra. I know I don’t like the idea of red necks owning high powered guns in canberras suburbs are you or your party looking at tightening our weak gun laws?

Our gun laws are not weak. The use of the term “red necks” doesn’t help anyone.

I just spent a pleasant couple of hours at the range with my eldest son and three high powered guns. I was disheartened to read that past, and pleased by Matt’s response.

We certainly have strong gun laws in the ACT, they just need to be enforced, and I’m all in favour of that. And I’m a tertiary educated professional person with job, house, children etc. If I qualify as a red neck then the term needs to be redefined.

+1 I’m a mid 20s female lawyer who also happens to be a gun owner and occasional hunter, though its more the husband’s hobby than mine. He’s a fisher too. Our gun laws are fine, and quite sensible IMO. A home cooked meal of freshly killed and butchered wild venison or eating fish so fresh that was swimming in the Murrumbidgee hours before makes me pretty damn pleased to be a redneck. Red wine and berry jus, anyone?

At the risk of really pegging myself as a redneck – Matt, I would like to know what the liberals view on the long promised but never delivered dragway / motorsport facility for the ACT? Motorsport is a legitimate sport and, IMO having grown up with alot of young men who are into cars and mechanics, a very worthwhile hobby for young men to dedicate their energy and funds too.

Just as a bit of general feedback, I too disappointed with the liberal campaign focusing on labor “tripling rates”. I feel that the campaign is negative, misleading and insults the intelligence of voters. Stamp duty is well acknowledged to be one of the most inefficient and uneconomical taxes and phasing it out over a 20 year period is one of the soundest (and bravest) policies I have seen around for a long time. Despite having nothing to gain and everything to loose from the change as someone who has already paid stamp duty (more than once) and pays rates (on more than one property), I strongly support it because I think it makes very good economic sense.

The term motor sport is misleading. It’s not a legitimate sport, hell it’s not even a sport.

Your name says it all….

Explain.

Think what there saying mate is get a life

I don’t see what that has to do with the discussion at hand.

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poetix 10:49 am
02 Oct 12
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Thinking about it, it’s Advertising Feature who deserves the Mully, not Matt. Well done!

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johnboy 11:00 am
02 Oct 12
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The Mully has been awarded and Matt is devastated to have missed out to Philip Pocock.

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EvanJames 2:14 pm
02 Oct 12
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Darkfalz said :

CanberraChristina said :

At the risk of really pegging myself as a redneck – Matt, I would like to know what the liberals view on the long promised but never delivered dragway / motorsport facility for the ACT? Motorsport is a legitimate sport and, IMO having grown up with alot of young men who are into cars and mechanics, a very worthwhile hobby for young men to dedicate their energy and funds too.

A dragway is always going to be a NIMBY issue. Who wants to hear that horrible noise, seriously? It’s bad enough when one goon tears down a nearby street making sure that everyone for 5 blocks knows what a tosser he is, imagine that being every 60 seconds. As for being a “worthwhile” hobby, to each their own I suppose, but I can’t imagine a bigger waste of time and money.

Well said. They want Thuh Guvvermint to provide them with a dragstrip, but are strangely reluctant to have it located near where they live. They want it a long way away from them. And motor “sport” is noisy… the poor folk at the Ridgeway cop the raceway noise, and when the wind’s right, much of Qbn do too. A dragway would be ten times as loud, due to the nature of the vehicles and their engines. A bit like having the Summernats over the road, 365 days a year.

I am pleased to see, however, that a working knowledge of written English is no longer necessary for lawyers.

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EvanJames 2:23 pm
02 Oct 12
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poetix said :

EvanJames said :

Officer Lymangood?

I don’t look at this picture and think ‘Matt Watts has a doppelganger’:

http://blog.betdsi.com/bellator-74-wrap-up/

Try this one:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085255/

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NoImRight 3:22 pm
02 Oct 12
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How thrilling that political debate has now reached the point that when someone disagrees with a person eager to represent them they get a response of “rubbish”. Its great we have a whole new generation of pollie coming through that has learnt from the mistakes of the current batch and provides sensible thought out replies to the people he is reaching out to.

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Jethro 4:33 pm
02 Oct 12
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Darkfalz said :

Jethro said :

Could it be that at heart you are simply another social conservative who is only against the nanny state when it comes to red tape governing businesses, but completely in favour of it when it comes to moralising and telling people how they can or cannot live their lives?

Do you recognise there is a difference between not telling people how to live and not specifically changing constructs to allow them to feel better about their lifestyle choices?

You don’t need to outlaw behaviours, but you don’t need to cater to them either. Particularly when they are not in the best interests of greater society.

Euthanasia and drug laws are outlawed. These laws are the very definition of telling people how to live; they remove the individual’s ultimate sovereignty over their body and place that sovereignty in the hands of lawmakers. People who choose to exercise the sovereignty they should have over their own bodies face the very real risk of prosecution.

You can try and spin it how you like, but laws that remove an individual’s sovereignty over their own body are anathema to the principles of individual liberty that our society is supposed to be based upon. This is not simply ‘changing constructs” to make someone feel better about their lifestyle choices, but removing laws that criminalise those lifestyle choices.

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poetix 4:34 pm
02 Oct 12
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EvanJames said :

poetix said :

EvanJames said :

Officer Lymangood?

I don’t look at this picture and think ‘Matt Watts has a doppelganger’:

http://blog.betdsi.com/bellator-74-wrap-up/

Try this one:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085255/

I know, I just liked aspects of the photo…

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johnboy 4:42 pm
02 Oct 12
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And it was only a hundred years ago that society decided to start telling people what drugs they could take.

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Thumper 8:12 pm
02 Oct 12
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johnboy said :

And it was only a hundred years ago that society decided to start telling people what drugs they could take.

Exactly.

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Mr Evil 8:53 pm
02 Oct 12
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Good luck, Matt – although I do have to say that I believe your party has no chance of running the ACT while they continue to be such a ineffective, lazy, stupid and inept opposition.

I reckon ACT Labor could have a blowfly as Chief Minister, and most the current bunch of ACT Liberals would still have trouble landing any decent political blows against them!

(Actually, now that I think of it, ACT Labor do have a blowfly as leader!)

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CanberraChristina 10:48 pm
02 Oct 12
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EvanJames said :

Darkfalz said :

CanberraChristina said :

At the risk of really pegging myself as a redneck – Matt, I would like to know what the liberals view on the long promised but never delivered dragway / motorsport facility for the ACT? Motorsport is a legitimate sport and, IMO having grown up with alot of young men who are into cars and mechanics, a very worthwhile hobby for young men to dedicate their energy and funds too.

A dragway is always going to be a NIMBY issue. Who wants to hear that horrible noise, seriously? It’s bad enough when one goon tears down a nearby street making sure that everyone for 5 blocks knows what a tosser he is, imagine that being every 60 seconds. As for being a “worthwhile” hobby, to each their own I suppose, but I can’t imagine a bigger waste of time and money.

Well said. They want Thuh Guvvermint to provide them with a dragstrip, but are strangely reluctant to have it located near where they live. They want it a long way away from them. And motor “sport” is noisy… the poor folk at the Ridgeway cop the raceway noise, and when the wind’s right, much of Qbn do too. A dragway would be ten times as loud, due to the nature of the vehicles and their engines. A bit like having the Summernats over the road, 365 days a year.

I am pleased to see, however, that a working knowledge of written English is no longer necessary for lawyers.

Yup, you got me there. Brace yourself for another late night, unproofed post full of s***ty grammar and spelling.

A motorsport facility would be loud, and I certainly wouldn’t want one within hearing distance of my house. Believe it or not, there is land outside of Canberra / suburbs that still falls within the ACT.

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kakosi 12:36 am
03 Oct 12
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rosscoact said :

kakosi said :

If I was feeling sarcastic I’d ask if it was the Liberals or Labor who blew up the Royal Canberra Hospital leaving the city in a perpetual state of not having enough hospital beds to meet the needs of its citizens?

Just yesterday I was told by a woman that she had to wait to get into hospital for urgent dialysis because she was informed that 60 people were ahead of her waiting for beds at the hospital. This isn’t the fault of any system in the hospital, it’s simply the fault of not having enough beds for the ever growing population. The hospitals we have are stretched to the limit.

I’m not sure that bed shortage is an infrastructure problem. My understanding that the there is physical space for beds but there are not enough healthcare professionals employed to look after people.

So therefore, hire more nurses and doctors and more beds come online.

Happy to be proved wrong but that’s my understanding.

The wards are overflowing in Canberra Hospital at the moment. I think you may have been correct about the situation a few years ago but now it’s and infrastructure problem as well.

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wildturkeycanoe 7:39 am
03 Oct 12
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Matt, can I ask you for an explanation as to why the Liberal party is promising to spend tens of millions of dollars on private schools in the ACT? I have read the official line about keeping pace with our neighboring state’s funding, but I ask you this – if private schools are supported by the fees paid by the students’ parents, why should the government sponsor any money towards these self-funding facilities? If that money were spent on public infrastructure [which is declining so miserably], then the parents who cannot afford tens of thousands per year, per child, would see a fairer education for their offspring. Instead, typically for Liberals, the wealthy are catered for with extra money to make things easier whilst the hard working and lower paid of society get dragged back closer to poverty without assistance from the government. Give our kids a chance and if parent’s want their own to achieve more in life, let them spend their own money to achieve that, DO NOT waste my taxes paying to have a rich kid get an ergonomic chair, or new laptop, or the best Spanish teacher in the world.
I have always seen the policies of the Liberal party pander to business, the APS and wealthy Australians, whilst making life more difficult for the working class. This kind of expenditure just drives the point home even more.

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Matt_Watts 10:16 am
03 Oct 12
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urchin said :

I second the request for an elucidation of how you would vote on gay marriage and *why* you would vote that way. No meaningless “I believe a marriage is a union between a man and a woman” – that’s an opinion not a reason. If you are against it, please state why it is in society’s best interests to prohibit gay marriage in concrete terms based in fact.

Note – I consider this to be a federal issue. Nonetheless, you are asking me to support marriage between a man and a woman, when I believe in the separation of church and state.

I believe government should recognise civil unions between man and woman, and woman and woman, and man and man…. It would then be up to any religion whether they allow “marriage” of any type within their church.

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