Quintin Phillips-Hedges, the Secular Party of Australia’s debut candidate in Fraser is our first candidate to return answers to your questions:
1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.
No… We have a large enough population to be self regulating. Stanhope wanted to bring in Same-Sex Marriage and a Bill of Rights knocked back by the Feds. I support self determination for the ACT.
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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?
No, except to keep an eye on your Mother.
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?
What do you think? I am due to retire in the foreseeable future.
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?
The Secular Party deplores xenophobic attempts to demonise refugees and asylum seekers. We support continuation of an immigration program that is both economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable.
That said we need to spend a lot more money on infrastructure to sustain the population we already have. (PS If we tax the Churches we will have the money.)
5) Primal asked: Why were you deemed the best candidate for your party in the seat you’re contesting?
I was here.
6) Jivrashia asked: If a man says something, and the wife isn’t there to hear him, is he still wrong?
Just checking… dear?
7) colourful sydney racing identity asked: Did you prepare this response to RiotACT questions yourself or was it done by your party office?
I’m being supervised by the cat and a woman with a wooden spoon… dinner smells good.
8 ) p1 asked: Do you think that the Commonwealth Government should be able to overturn laws passed by the ACT?
That is a two sided coin. See question 1. We need more say in the governing process not just voting for tweedle tony or tweedle julia.
9) bd84 asked: What are the top priorities or projects for Canberra that you will be lobbying the new Government for?
Self determination and to reduce pollution via a light rail system.
10) Pommy bastard asked: Witches on Mt Ainslie, should their freedom of expression be protected from interference by fundy nutsacks?
See my video here including a free plug for Fiona.
The Eleventh Question
#33:housebound asked: How will electing you prompt the Commonwealth Government into paying attention to Canberra/Fraser?
The Secular party (my party) will rub a lot of people up the wrong way.
We want to ‘tax Churches’ and remove the Lords Prayer at the start of Parliamentary sessions and remove any mention of God from the constitution.