Candidate questionaire – call for questions

johnboy 18 August 2008 62

[First filed: July 31, 2008 @ 09:42]

Every election we get you, the readers, to nominate questions they’d like to ask candidates in the upcoming poll.

We pick the best 10 and send them to everyone who’s running and a surprising number of them knuckle down and fill them in. The better ones even deviate from the party line from time to time.

So here’s you chance, put down your questions in the comments and we’ll let you know which ones we’ve picked in a week or so.

UPDATE: Last chance to get your questions in.

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62 Responses to Candidate questionaire – call for questions
Passy Passy 8:41 am 25 Aug 08

I sent this list of questions (slightly edited) to a Tuggeranong Labor Candidate recently, after receiving their flyer making vague commetns about quality health care. Some of them apply to all candidates, some not.


Dear candidate

Which faction, if any, are you in? Which union?

I understand the ACT ALP Conference voted unanimously to support the immediate abolition of the ABCC. What’s your position?

Katy Gallagher has not prevented Primary health from moving 7 doctors from Wanniassa to Philip. I find it almost unbelieveable that the ACT Government could not have pressured Primary health to stay at Wanniassa, eg by threatening punitive action such as increased taxes, taking over their assets, closing down their Phillip lease. What concrete proposals do you have for better access to doctors in Tuggeranong, to stop Primary health at this late stage and to prevent re-occurrences?

Do you support the Liberals in their promise not to close down any more schools and to reduce primamry class sizes to 21. What is your own view about the previous school closures? My kids went to Mt Neighbour and then Kambah High. (They used to be schools in the area.)

Do you support a curfew at Canberra Airport if night flights are spread over Tuggeranong?

What is your position on the data centre and attached energy plant? Do you support the Stanhope Government’s decision to close down the independent review of the health impacts? As an asthmatic I’d be very interested in your answers.

Does Labor have a territory wide transport policy geared towards public transport and what is it? I favour free buses as part of an integrated strategy to reduce car use.

deezagood deezagood 8:40 pm 18 Aug 08

How do you plan to address the chronic GP shortage across Canberra?

jenny green jenny green 6:53 pm 18 Aug 08

Will you legalise Poker-playing in the ACT?

54-11 54-11 3:40 pm 18 Aug 08

What are your views on the proposal by the Victorian Government which, if enacted, would spread to all other jurisdictions including the ACT, for front number plates on motorcycles. Only two other countries have this requirement (India and Singapore) and no manufacturer incorporates this into their motorbike designs. Victoria is seriously considering the proposal because they have front-facing speed cameras (most states/territories have rear-facing) cameras, and the only rationale for implementation is because of a perception that speeding revenue is compromised. The problems with the scheme include (among other things) danger to pedestrians/riders in the event of an accident, stability problems with changed aerodynamics, problems with fitment that can result in sharp fixing objects millimetres from the tyres, and potential cooling issues for the motor. There is no evidence whatsoever for improved safety; in fact, it is likely to decrease safety.

A Concerned Ulyssian

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 2:22 pm 18 Aug 08

What is your party’s stance on the issue of contestability of funding in Vocational education and training as considered in the Boston Consulting report delivered to COAG in March 2008?

What is your party’s stance on the issue on the reporting of school performance and rankings against set performance benchmarks?

Are you considering targeted interventions to combat youth disengagement from the education and labour market (especially given the disengagement rate for 18 – 22 year olds is close to 50%)?

What is your party’s stance on the reporting of employability skills and language, literacy and numeracy skills against pre-determined benchmarks upon exiting from school?

What is your party’s stance on performance pay for teachers?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 1:29 pm 18 Aug 08

How do other people view your management style?

What experience do you have in economic and budgetary management?

In 15 words or less, why should anyone vote for you?

How do you view the status quo of the ACT-Queanbeyan relationship, and would you be open to formalising any part of it beyond current arrangements?

S4anta S4anta 1:19 pm 18 Aug 08

How do you plan to balance Canberra’s much needed urban infill projects and enuring that the National Capitals areas of historical significance are not prostituted to corporate development, without handballing major policy decisions to the NCA?

Can you outline any plans for attracting major events to the National Capital, including ensuring that there is sufficient funding for such an event to continue at least well into the mid to short term (please try not to include any current events)?

Thumper Thumper 1:14 pm 18 Aug 08

I like Kerces question.

Seems to me Stanhope is moving to a republic by stealth.

S4anta S4anta 1:11 pm 18 Aug 08

What particular industries do you see as vital to the continued growth and success of the ACT economy and how are you planning on diversifying the Government’s investment and ensuring dividends are maxmimised in these key areas of your economic plan?

bigfeet bigfeet 8:47 pm 07 Aug 08

A YES answer to this will win my vote:

Will you immediately dismiss Justice Higgins?

Kerces Kerces 2:16 pm 03 Aug 08

Will you restore the ACT coat of arms to the welcome to Canberra signs? If not, why, and would you instead change the signage to remove the ridiculous blank white space where the coat of arms should be?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 8:06 pm 02 Aug 08

Do you think it is appropriate for the Chief Minister (or any other ACT MLA, for that matter) to be concerning themselves with wider political issues outside their role as a member of the ACT Govt?

Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 7:44 pm 02 Aug 08

Who do you think should carry the Australian Flag at Beijing ?

johnboy johnboy 3:09 pm 02 Aug 08

Would you legislate to insure that all Canberran’s have access to companion animals regardless of body corporate by-laws or lease agreements?

sepi sepi 2:43 pm 01 Aug 08

ps – Residential drug rehabilitation

sepi sepi 2:34 pm 01 Aug 08

Please rate the following in order of importance for future funding:

Mental health services
The birth centre
Waiting times in Casualty
Elective surgery

Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 2:34 pm 01 Aug 08

What is your position on the continued avaliability of Public Housing being linked to the earning power of the occupant ?

S4anta S4anta 1:52 pm 01 Aug 08

Sorry, buggered up the link, but it still works somehow. Sorry JB.

jakez jakez 1:37 pm 01 Aug 08

johnboy said :

In the past we’ve had quite a lot of major party candidates responding.

But if they choose to sit out the game then that’s there loss.

No I mean an honest answer. I can answer these questions tricky dicky style quite easily. It wouldn’t tell you anything though.

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