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Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Lin Hatfield Dodds for the Senate

By johnboy - 20 August 2010 17

Lin Hatfield Dodds

Lin Hatfield Dodds, the Greens lead candidate for the Senate answers your questions in this election series.

[If you think it reasonable for candidates to answer questions from the public then please email the recalcitrants]

1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.

No, the Australian Greens support self-government in the ACT.


2) neanderthalsis asked: Do you support the proposed internet mandatory ISP filter and Data Recording Directive that record the browsing history of all internet connections?

The Australian Greens’ communications spokesperson Senator Scott Lundlam has been the Parliament’s most vocal opponent of the Government’s proposed mandatory ISP filter. Like the entire ICT sector, he considers that the filter will not achieve its stated objectives, but it will potentially cause problems with internet speeds and reliability, and it runs the risk of restricting freedom of information and expression beyond what is acceptable to much of our community.

The Greens’ policies on Media and Communications and Science and Technology support ‘network neutrality’ which Wikipedia defines as a principle that advocates no restrictions by either Internet Service Providers or governments on ‘content, sites, platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached and no restrictions on the modes of communication allowed’.

The Greens have proposed a more effective use for the $40.8 million the Government has budgeted for cyber safety – an approach involving PC-based filtering, further research into cyber safety risks, strengthened law enforcement, and net literacy education. You can read a recent media release on these issues here.


3) 54-11 asked: Comsuper and DFRDB pensions are indexed by the CPI rather than by a wage-based index. The former Government, with the full support of the then Labor Opposition, stopped using the CPI to index the Age Pension more than a decade ago because it was considered an unsuitable and unfair way to adjust pensions. As a politician, your super is indexed to the increase in Parliamentary salaries and allowances, which is far more generous than for anyone else. Do you support, and will you actually do something about, fair and equitable indexation of all pensions?

The Australian Greens are solidly behind the campaign by Commonwealth public servants and military personnel to have their superannuation pensions linked to wages rather than the consumer price index as is presently the case. Latest forecasts indicate wages growth in the next two years will be around 7.9%, compared with a projected consumer price index increase of 5.1%. Because the CPI measures inflation rather than the real cost of living, many retirees are now struggling as their pensions have not kept pace.

In contrast, both the age pension and veterans’ pensions are linked to the Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MTAWE). Likewise, pensions enjoyed by politicians and federal judges regularly increase in line with the wages of their professions. So it is simply a matter of fairness that pensions of public servants and military personnel are also increased in line with wages.

The Government went to the last election with a promise to address the indexation issue but after commissioning the Matthews Review, it decided against any change. Earlier this year, Greens leader Bob Brown strongly urged the Government to reconsider its stance and will continue to push this issue strongly with the next elected Government.

In July this year, ACT Greens Senate candidate Lin Hatfield Dodds issued a media release on the issue entitled Give Commonwealth and Defence Retirees a Fair Deal. Lin Hatfield Dodd’s leaflet on this issue is embedded at the end of this word document.


4) Thumper asked: What do you consider to be the maximum sustainable population for Australia and how do you intend to ensure that that this maximum is not breached whilst continuing to encourage immigrants as well as accepting genuine refugees?

Sustainability is a core concern in all areas of Greens policy, and this includes population. We do not support growth for growth’s sake; rather, we would like to see a deliberate approach to a sustainable population that takes into account our natural and built environment’s capacity to support us, the impact of population on our quality of life, and the full range of other relevant issues. This is a complex area that incorporates questions of how we live, how we are distributed across the country, our resource use, urban planning, service delivery, transport, and many other issues.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, has called for an independent national inquiry into population to consider the full range of relevant issues in consultation with the Australian public and make recommendations for a national population policy. This would provide a platform for a more considered, transparent, apolitical approach.

Unfortunately, Senator Brown’s motion in the Senate in May 2010 seeking such an inquiry was opposed by both major parties. However, we remain committed to this approach.

I would also point out that the ACT Assembly’s Climate Change Committee, due to it being an item in the Labor-Greens ACT Parliamentary Agreement, are launching an inquiry into the ecological carrying capacity for the ACT and region, and I encourage you all to make submissions.

A media release from Senator Brown on the issue is available here and the Greens population policy can be found here. Note that until recently the Greens were the only political party with a comprehensive policy on population and related issues.


5) Primal asked: Why were you deemed the best candidate for your party in the seat you’re contesting?

The ACT Greens do their pre-selection process via postal-ballot.


6) Jivrashia asked: If a man says something, and the wife isn’t there to hear him, is he still wrong?

If a woman says something, and the partner isn’t there to hear her, is she still right?


7) colourful sydney racing identity asked: Did you prepare this response to RiotACT questions yourself or was it done by your party office?

A combined effort


8 ) p1 asked: Do you think that the Commonwealth Government should be able to overturn laws passed by the ACT?

No. People who live in Territories have just as much right as people who happen to live in states to self-determination on state-based issues. The ACT has the right to decide whether same-sex couples should be allowed to get married, just as people in the NT should be able to decide whether or not to accept a radioactive waste dump.

I believe the Commonwealth Government has far too many powers with respect to the ACT (and also the Northern Territory).

For example, unlike the original states which made up the Australian Federation, which must have a minimum of five members of the House of Representatives and twelve Senators each, there is no constitutionally guaranteed minimal level of representation in the Federal Parliament for the territories.

Under the Australian Constitution’s Section 122 the Commonwealth must determine the extent of representation in the territories as it sees fit (reference). I believe it is quite unjust that Tasmania, with a population of just over 500,000 has 12 senators and five lower house members, while the ACT with a population around 350,000 has only 2 lower house members and 2 senators.

In line with Australian Greens’ policies supporting proportional representation in the House of Representatives and local government, while our Senators are elected via a proportional voting system, I believe in the number of parliamentary seats allocated to the ACT should be in line our population. This would make the overturning of ACT laws by the Commonwealth much more difficult.


9) bd84 asked: What are the top priorities or projects for Canberra that you will be lobbying the new Government for?

If elected on Saturday I will take up a seat in the Senate as soon as the new government resumes, I would expect to ‘share a balance’ with fellow Greens senators and we will be strident in our efforts to addresses issues such as climate change, job security, compassionate and legal treatment for asylum seekers, indigenous equality, preventative healthcare and a better Medicare system, which includes cover for dental health, water use and protection of our remaining high value forests. Particular concerns of mine are decent welfare payments and adequate funding for mental health services and supports.


10) Pommy bastard asked: Witches on Mt Ainslie, should their freedom of expression be protected from interference by fundy nutsacks?

The Australian Greens support freedom of expression and the diversity of forms it may take, as well as supporting the right to protest.

What’s Your opinion?


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17 Responses to
Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Lin Hatfield Dodds for the Senate
I-filed 4:41 pm 20 Aug 10

chewy14 said :

I know the Greens are into recycling …

Sort of. Their policy booklet is on imported, 50% recycled paper …

Bosworth 4:41 pm 20 Aug 10

housebound said :

Is that the only reason the Greens can give for voting for them?

That is the reason that convinced me, and that reason was not given to me by the Greens.

The Greens (actually, all parties) have publicly offered many reasons to vote for them. It is up to you to decide what you find persuasive.

chewy14 3:59 pm 20 Aug 10

Bosworth said :

Lin Hatfield Dodds’ Office said: “If elected on Saturday I will take up a seat in the Senate as soon as the new government resumes, I would expect to ‘share a balance’ with fellow Greens senators and we will be strident in our efforts to addresses issues such as climate change, ….”

If Lin Hatfield Dodds is elected, the political strength of the Fundies-First Senator, Steve Fielding is reduced immediately. The Gov’t will no longer need to negotiate with Fundies First to pass legislation. This is why I am voting for the Greens in the Senate.

Yeah,
Let’s swap the balance of power from one lunatic group to another. Great.

housebound 3:42 pm 20 Aug 10

Is that the only reason the Greens can give for voting for them?

Steven Fielding’s own electorate will almost certainly remove him themselves, albeit in June next year. Directing your vote to remove the influence of someone representing another state, who won’t be here for long anyway, is ridiculous. It’s really short-changing the ACT – as if the system didn’t do that enough already.

colourful sydney rac 2:40 pm 20 Aug 10

Bosworth said :

Lin Hatfield Dodds’ Office said: “If elected on Saturday I will take up a seat in the Senate as soon as the new government resumes, I would expect to ‘share a balance’ with fellow Greens senators and we will be strident in our efforts to addresses issues such as climate change, ….”

If Lin Hatfield Dodds is elected, the political strength of the Fundies-First Senator, Steve Fielding is reduced immediately. The Gov’t will no longer need to negotiate with Fundies First to pass legislation. This is why I am voting for the Greens in the Senate.

ditto.

54-11 2:40 pm 20 Aug 10

Although the risk of cutting and pasting means that errors are perpetuated – the name is Senator Scott LUDLAM, guys.

Grail 1:26 pm 20 Aug 10

chewy14 said :

I know the Greens are into recycling but isn’t half of this just a cut and paste job from the other Green candidate’s answers?

I expect Q6 is where the candidates get to express themselves, the other questions are mainly addressed by stating Greens policy. There is no Greens policy on women always being right.

If they all answer the questions the same way, it’s “copy and pasted”. If they all answer the questions differently it’s “division in the ranks” – classic damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation 😛 So while the four of them (three candidates, at least one copywriter) collaborated to answer the questions so that Greens policy is stated clearly, at least the responses are different.

Grail 1:18 pm 20 Aug 10

bitzermaloney said :

How I wish Steve Fielding was running here. …

The guy is more dangerous than he is entertaining. I wouldn’t wish him (or the Family First party, nor the Australian Christian Lobby) on anyone.

Bosworth 1:16 pm 20 Aug 10

Lin Hatfield Dodds’ Office said: “If elected on Saturday I will take up a seat in the Senate as soon as the new government resumes, I would expect to ‘share a balance’ with fellow Greens senators and we will be strident in our efforts to addresses issues such as climate change, ….”

If Lin Hatfield Dodds is elected, the political strength of the Fundies-First Senator, Steve Fielding is reduced immediately. The Gov’t will no longer need to negotiate with Fundies First to pass legislation. This is why I am voting for the Greens in the Senate.

bitzermaloney 11:59 am 20 Aug 10

Let’s call a spade a spade… I don’t want to Labor senators for the ACT.

How I wish Steve Fielding was running here. Maybe John Glynn will be able to pick up the “I only open my mouth to change feet” award?

astrojax 11:29 am 20 Aug 10

i saw mr leigh giving away red balloons to the kiddies at dickson shops last weekend – is he so stupid he thinks the kids can vote..? 🙂

grunge_hippy 11:25 am 20 Aug 10

Buzz2600 said :

I note that all three Green candidates have now responded to the RiotACT questionaire …. thats worth 1000+ points in my opinion.

yes, but the same regurgitated answers…

just when I was thinking about voting green…

54-11 11:22 am 20 Aug 10

Be fair, chewy. These are candidates from the same party in the same city, a day or two out from an election. Did you think they would disagree with each other?

At least they (eventually) responded.

Buzz2600 10:45 am 20 Aug 10

I note that all three Green candidates have now responded to the RiotACT questionaire …. thats worth 1000+ points in my opinion.

Still no response from Gary Humphries or Andrew Leigh. The only evidence I’ve seen that Andrew Leigh actually exists is a picture on a sign board on Northbourne Ave near the bus interchange!

chewy14 10:02 am 20 Aug 10

I know the Greens are into recycling but isn’t half of this just a cut and paste job from the other Green candidate’s answers?

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