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Candidate questionaire – call for questions

By 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.

What’s Your opinion?


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62 Responses to
Candidate questionaire – call for questions
LG 12:12 pm 31 Jul 08

1) What will you do to address the pathetic car parking situation in Civic where all government carparks (for which I buy my monthly prepaid ticket) are completely full before 9am every day.

2) Will you remove Friday night & Saturday paid parking in Civic to encourage a more ‘vibrant’ city centre?

Jonathon Reynolds 12:02 pm 31 Jul 08

For each of the following geographic areas of Canberra in YOUR electorate* specify for each area, your top (ONE ONLY) priority that you will undertake if elected:

— Belconnen
— City / Central Canberra
— Gungahlin
— Hall
— Jerrabomberra
— Majura
— Molonglo
— North Canberra
— Rural Canberra
— South Canberra
— Tharwa
— Tuggeranong
— Weston Creek
— Woden Valley

* this is also a test to see if you know which areas are covered by your electorate.

Skidbladnir 11:59 am 31 Jul 08

Make them put down a collateral for each of their election promises?

G-Fresh 11:58 am 31 Jul 08

Question for the candidates:

“Would you, when in Government, mandate rain dancing as a role of the Department of Environment & Heritage. Afterall, it is you who we the people expect to solve everything”

Aurelius 11:57 am 31 Jul 08

How will you improve Canberra’s transport network?
And how do we know your previous answer isn’t just pre-election promises and will not come to fruition?

johnboy 11:36 am 31 Jul 08

QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES HERE PLEASE

Not wishlists and self-promotion.

johnboy 11:32 am 31 Jul 08

Skidbladnir said :

Do we know which candidates will actually be responding to these questions, or should we just write them blind?
(Yes, I know that all candidates get the same questions)

But some questions will get very different answers from different candidates dependant on phrasing.
IE: Mike Crowther and the ACT Cuddleprison. Richard Mulcahy and party unity. Andrew Barr on schools.

No.

Questions need to be applicable to all candidates.

Jonathon Reynolds 11:31 am 31 Jul 08

Aurelius said :

It doesn’t matter what they say now, they’ll say something different post October.
Has anyone got a list of what they promised last time around, with a scoresheet of what they achieved?

Yes, the Gungahlin Community Council undertakes a rigourous questionnaire process at each election on Gungahlin related issues. The documentation from 2004 is available at: http://www.gcc.asn.au/oldgcc/gamva/index.htm

The Gungahlin Community Council is in the process of preparing a new online community survey of local issues for the October election. The GCC Candidate/Party questionnaire and emphasis at the 8 October “GCC Meet the Candidates Event” will reflect the results of this survey.

The Meet the candidates event will be filmed and the available for viewing on the web. Responses from the GCC Candidate/Party questionnaire will be published in the October 2008 edition of GunSmoke: http://gcc.asn.au/content/view/275/270/


Jonathon Reynolds
Vice President

Gungahlin Community Council Inc
PO Box 260 Gungahlin, ACT 2912
m 0418 812 281
e vicepresident@gcc.asn.au

Skidbladnir 11:21 am 31 Jul 08

Do we know which candidates will actually be responding to these questions, or should we just write them blind?
(Yes, I know that all candidates get the same questions)

But some questions will get very different answers from different candidates dependant on phrasing.
IE: Mike Crowther and the ACT Cuddleprison. Richard Mulcahy and party unity. Andrew Barr on schools.

Loquaciousness 11:18 am 31 Jul 08

LG said :

3 – sure, they towed the party line

Which makes one wonder … towed it where? Frankly, I’d be quite glad to see the party line removed to some distant horizon. Somewhere where I don’t have to listen to it, anyway 😉

L

Aurelius 11:05 am 31 Jul 08

It doesn’t matter what they say now, they’ll say something different post October.
Has anyone got a list of what they promised last time around, with a scoresheet of what they achieved?

LG 10:59 am 31 Jul 08

Not a question but I’d like for RiotACT members to be able to rate (by poll) the responses on a bullsh!t scale on how honest the candidates werein their responses.

Eg.

5 – my god! they actually read the questions and prepared a considered response

3 – sure, they towed the party line but it looks as if they actually wrote the response themselves

1 – I don’t think they read either the questions or the answers, which were obviously prepared by a party hack / head office

soc84 10:52 am 31 Jul 08

One for the Christian voters:

“What is your stance on abortion, gay marriage, RU486, and embryonic research?”

VicePope 10:38 am 31 Jul 08

A question – if you, and/or the party you represent, are not elected, who would you prefer to see in the Assembly? Which major party? Which minor party or independent? WHo would you least like to see elected?

(For non-major party candidates) In the event of neither major oarty having a majority, who would you support on important legislation and matters of confidence?

The objects, if answered honestly, would be to flush out what candidates stand for and, perhaps, to suggest which if any of them of them are running as proxies for others.

johnboy 10:37 am 31 Jul 08

Ok I’ll go first then.

“What will be your number 1 spending priority, and what are you willing to de-fund in order to pay for it?”

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