Voluntary Euthanasia Party’s Susan MacDougall is up next.
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1. What are your views on euthanasia?
I believe that the terminally ill suffering unrelievable pain should have voluntary euthanasia as one of their end-of-life choices. No-one should have to die slowly and painfully. Palliative care is great but there are some people whose pain they can’t control. I have a strong commitment to pushing for Federal legislative change so that the Territories can pass legislation for VE/medically assisted dying. Overseas models already exist of VE legislation with safeguards in place.
2. Do you support a High Speed Rail Link between Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne?
Yes. In particular, the Canberra/Sydney plane trip involves long waits in airports, airport check-in, baggage limits, security, inability to carry scissors, nailclippers, etc., and around 45 minutes in flight. Expensive and time-wasting.
3. Are you comfortable with the distribution of wealth in modern day Australia?
No. The gap between rich and poor has widened. People in management pay themselves obscene amounts, while the people who do the real work are often underpaid.
4. Recent polling (Auspoll) shows housing affordability to be a critical issue for a majority of Australians, with 84% of respondents saying it was important to them or their families, putting housing affordability ahead of issues such as education, border security, the NBN and NDIS.
The same poll also revealed that 84% of respondents also believe that Australia is not performing well on housing affordability.
Australian Governments are failing badly on this issue of critical importance to Australians.
What would you do to improve housing affordability?
The Voluntary Euthanasia Party is a single-issue party. I have no personal policy on this, but I agree that it is an important issue.
5. To me the NBN seems like a great idea, can you tell me why you think it’s ace/a dumb idea.
It’s a great idea. People in rural areas should have broadband connectivity and not be disadvantaged. The proposal for nodal connections would be cheaper but may be inadequate in the future. Cost is an issue here.
6. Do you think cyclists should be registered?!
I don’t see any need for it.
7. What is your position on gay marriage?
No-one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. So yes, in favour.
8. Would you be willing to cross the floor on matters of strong personal conscience or of significant concern for your electorate?
9. What are your views on the NSA collecting private information of Australian citizens and corporations, of the Australian government’s participation in similar programmes, and of the apparent silence of Australian politicians on the matter?
While I understand the need to protect countries from terrorism and other criminal activities, the extent of private information gathering seems excessive and goes against people’s right to personal privacy. Australian politicians presumably remain silent because of government participation and collaboration with other countries.
10. We hear so much negativity about the opposition when election time rolls around– what three things do you consider to be positive about any of your opponents and why?
The Labour Government’s achievements under difficult circumstances haven’t been acknowledged. A raft of good legislation has been passed.
The Greens have good policies on education, health and a more humane asylum policy.