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Come out! Come out! Wherever you are… Candidate Expose Thyself

By Jonathon Reynolds - 28 September 2008 3

I have finally finished (updates, omissions and exclusions excepted) compiling my detailed list of candidates for the CanberraVotes.com documentation website.

I started building this list with the announcement of the earliest preselections this year and have slowly but surely built up a fairly comprehensive database of how a candidate can be contacted and viewed via the web.

The information captured includes the following fields:

  • Surname,
  • First Name,
  • Party,
  • Current MLA status,
  • Electorate,
  • Phone,
  • Fax,
  • Email,
  • Primary Web page,
  • Facebook Page,
  • Myspace Page,
  • YouTube Page,
  • Wikipedia or Other Web page,
  • Photograph of the candidate.

The way the data is presented you can scroll through the data and click on the relevant links to be taken to the appropriate web resource. All data was collected by extensive “Googling”, the Telstra White Pages or simply reading the information from candidate provided handouts and leaflets.

What I have found somewhat dissapointing is how some candidates feel that it is better not to post any information about themselves on the net. I’m sorry, but in my opinion, if you are standing for public office, you have an obligation to make sure you can be at least easily contacted. The net may not be accessible to everyone but it represents the only way of disseminating information on-demand 24/7.

CLICK HERE to be taken to the CanberraVotes Candidate list

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3 Responses to
Come out! Come out! Wherever you are… Candidate Expose Thyself
Aurelius 6:50 am 30 Sep 08

Any politician with a myspace site should be ignored.

Granny 11:21 pm 29 Sep 08

I think it’s a great resource.

I like to have as much information as I can when I vote, since I like to preference everyone to the very last box. I never follow a how-to-vote card, and if I am voting one way I will still often stick a rival candidate I do like above one I really dislike from the party I am voting for.

bd84 10:43 pm 29 Sep 08

I think you missed their pants size..
Or is that on wiki?

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