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Candidate Questionaires for 8 October

By johnboy - 8 October 2008 14

Here are the responses in today to your questions in the RiotACT Election08 candidate questionaire:

Andrew Barr, Labor for Molonglo

What’s Your opinion?


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Candidate Questionaires for 8 October
jakez 10:38 am 09 Oct 08

Individual conscience and independent thought or diversity of opinions in a Parliament aren’t the same thing.

Individual conscience is a principle that in a parliamentary party (even a major party), members of parliament should be free to vote as their conscience dictates. Basically a non-binding caucus.

In Australia it went into sharp decline very quickly. The ALP have never believed in it. The ‘liberal’ parties (as in the parties that evolved from Free Trade and Protectionist) have believed in it to some extent.

However we can see that it has gone into sharp decline (don’t have the figures but it is apparent). In the Howard years, Senator Humphries was the first coalition member of parliament to cross the floor in his Government. That was in…2004?

I fail to see the relevance of the Billy Trenwith quote.

Re my dangerous naivety: No doubt there are many things of which individual conscience is just one. At least with this one though I’m not alone I suppose.

Re The Publics dislike of diversity: I have no evidence, it’s merely a feeling I’ve gotten over the last decade and a half. Any scrape of division or difference of opinion, the media pounces on it and the public laps it up. If you think I’m wrong, I honestly hope you are right about that.

Re Disunity is death: Stagnation of thought may not be a good slogan, but boy does it win elections.

Skidbladnir 10:13 am 09 Oct 08

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jakez 9:25 am 09 Oct 08

Swaggie said :

So underwhelmed by these answers, I wanted to know what the candidates “think” not read what the official party line is and the answer to Q9 is a gloss over. I’ll be glad to see the back of Barr if he does get knocked out.

Mate, individual conscience died with the rise of Fusion. Then the last remaining elements were ground into the dust during the Howard Government.

Now people like myself who think that the Liberal Party should still honour individual conscience, are look on as dangerously naive. Rightfully so really, the public do not like diversity in Parties. Disunity is death, after all.

welkin31 8:35 am 09 Oct 08

This is the Andrew Barr who on 28 Apr put out this press release floating the idea of moving Floriade.
http://www.chiefminister.act.gov.au/media.php?v=6712
At least three possible new locations were mentioned, Eastlake, the Arboretum or holding the event at multiple sites.
When he was asked for maps showing as close as possible these new locations being considered for Floriade, Andrew Barr could produce no maps.
Amaaaazing.
If I was involved in Floriade, I would be concerned at the prospect of a new Green-Labor Govt.

ns 12:56 am 09 Oct 08

Unfortunately members of the respective parties aren’t encouraged, and probably actively discouraged, from expressing anything other than what’s sectioned by HQ.

Not probably. They’re definitely not allowed to. There will be ACT Labor responses to those questions (4,5,7,8,9) from all the Labor candidates.

Swaggie 8:35 pm 08 Oct 08

Yeah I know that Cap. I think western style “Democracy” needs a radical overhaul. 🙂

captainwhorebags 6:05 pm 08 Oct 08

Swaggie: it’s a byproduct of party politics. People expect some form of cohesion from a political party, an organisation where candidates come together for common beliefs and views. If everyone had their own views then we would see a strong field of independents. Unfortunately members of the respective parties aren’t encouraged, and probably actively discouraged, from expressing anything other than what’s sectioned by HQ.

At least this isn’t the US Presidential system where there is essentially zero chance of anyone other than a Republican or Democrat winning.

Swaggie 5:28 pm 08 Oct 08

So underwhelmed by these answers, I wanted to know what the candidates “think” not read what the official party line is and the answer to Q9 is a gloss over. I’ll be glad to see the back of Barr if he does get knocked out.

poptop 5:08 pm 08 Oct 08

I just noticed his response to the Public Art question “I support the provision of taxpayer funded and privately funded public art. I believe that it enhances our city”.

What prospect of RiotACT offering a piece of privately funded artwork to be placed somewhere in Our Fair City? I’d kick in a donation for that.

Provided we get a RiotACT donation plaque thingy too.

D-Man 4:38 pm 08 Oct 08

I think it would be a genuine shame if Barr got knocked out as the Crimes reckons might happen.

bryansworld 4:12 pm 08 Oct 08

Me too. He appears to actually have a brain, which probably means he is overqualified for the Legislative Assembly.

A brain? Careful, Party Headquarters might find out!

tickboom 2:38 pm 08 Oct 08

There were of course ‘ALP’ answers but that is to be expected. For the personal answers, I didn’t agree with everything but overall I was pleased. He is my favourite ALP MLA.

Me too. He appears to actually have a brain, which probably means he is overqualified for the Legislative Assembly.

astrojax 1:03 pm 08 Oct 08

all forms of poker could not be played outside of the Casino, except in a private home with less than 9 people.

fewer than nine people. sheesh, how could anyone vote for such a grammar-deprived party?

or do they mean that if nine persons were sat about playing poker, but one of them had only one foot (was tempted to use ‘hand’, but the pun wouldn’t have worked) then they are a ‘lesser’ person and so makes the group conform to ‘less than nine’?

jakez 12:09 pm 08 Oct 08

Despite the whole ‘obscene tax hikes mean that we can pay for all of our gluttonous spending’ = responsible economic management’ mantra that the ALP have picked up on since Rudd became leader (I actually blame Howard for this rhetorical shift), not a bad set of answers.

There were of course ‘ALP’ answers but that is to be expected. For the personal answers, I didn’t agree with everything but overall I was pleased. He is my favourite ALP MLA.

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