Election ’13 – A call for questions

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Questions

Every election RiotACT takes your suggestions for questions, finds the best 10, and then sends those questions to everyone running in the upcoming election.

Quite a few of them answer too!

It’s fun and informative and we want your questions!

Let us know what you want to know in the comments below.

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watto23 watto23 8:44 am 26 Aug 13

LSWCHP said :

EvanJames said :

I know it’s RiotACT, but a lot of us live in that weird NSW suburb of Canberra, Quangers. Are you going to cover the Eden-Monaro candidates too? Because no one else bloody is, you’d swear it was Hendy Vs Kelly, and in fact we have quite a rich pool of candidates.

Sorry EJ, looks like tuff shit for you mate. Maybe you’ll find what you want on RiotNSW. 🙂

Or someone could start a sister site Riot-Q or something like that 🙂
666 radio has covered the Hume electorate a few fridays ago, noting the liberal candidate refused to come on due to bias, but probably also due to the fact there is a long running argument about having a national in that seat rather than a liberal. They did Fraser last week, guessing Canberra and Eden-Monaro the next two fridays.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 10:24 pm 25 Aug 13

EvanJames said :

I know it’s RiotACT, but a lot of us live in that weird NSW suburb of Canberra, Quangers. Are you going to cover the Eden-Monaro candidates too? Because no one else bloody is, you’d swear it was Hendy Vs Kelly, and in fact we have quite a rich pool of candidates.

Sorry EJ, looks like tuff shit for you mate. Maybe you’ll find what you want on RiotNSW. 🙂

Darkfalz Darkfalz 9:30 pm 25 Aug 13

Jerry Atric said :

Why does the Coalition want to build 6000 extra illegal immigrant places on Nauru if they are turning back the boats?

Need somewhere to put all the unprocessed illegals so they don’t go around groping blind women and uni students.

EvanJames EvanJames 8:09 pm 25 Aug 13

I know it’s RiotACT, but a lot of us live in that weird NSW suburb of Canberra, Quangers. Are you going to cover the Eden-Monaro candidates too? Because no one else bloody is, you’d swear it was Hendy Vs Kelly, and in fact we have quite a rich pool of candidates.

switch switch 10:12 am 09 Aug 13

housebound said :

There is no upfront charge to refugees, but almost all costs (if not all) of migration are the responsibility of the proposing organisation.

A bit like 457 visas.

housebound housebound 9:46 am 09 Aug 13

OK. I really want to ask these candidates what interest they will take in local issues, or whether they will fob off anything ‘local’ unless it gets their pic in the paper next to a bike path? But there is no way to ask this without getting a totally inane answer devoid of real content.

housebound housebound 9:41 am 09 Aug 13

farout said :

Would you support an “self-sponsored refugee” visa class, to be applicable to persons claiming refugee status but who are sufficiently cashed up to pay people smugglers to bring them to Australian waters.

Key features of this visa class would be:
1. They pay for their own immigration processing costs – visa, health checks, background checks, accommodation during processing. Needless to say they will need to provide sufficient identification.
2. They are not eligible for Newstart Allowance for the first 2 years after arrival (same as applies to Skilled migrants). They need to bring enough funds or work to support themselves and their dependents.
3. At the end of 2 years, if they have gainfully employed, not come to the attention of law enforcement, and continue to be self-supported, they can apply for Permanent Residency. If not, their visa will expire and they will be repatriated to their country of origin in the same way as tourist visa overstayers.

This has to be a dorothy dixer. Something very close was put in place only a few months ago. See: Community Proposal Pilot on the DIAC website.

There is no upfront charge to refugees, but almost all costs (if not all) of migration are the responsibility of the proposing organisation. (Scroll down to ‘What are the costs?’)

The end result is likely to be that well-resourced community organisations will be able to bring in as many as they can afford (assuming the pilot becomes a fixture after the election). It’s not quite the same as your idea, but the sense of the first point is there.

Nursey Nursey 7:22 am 09 Aug 13

Mental health nursing in Canberra will soon hit crisis point.

Canberra already has a low number of mental health nurses per capita.
30% of nurses are either at, over, or will reach retirement age in the next 5 years.
Mental health teams are increasingly frequently being staffed with non nursing staff, such as social workers, OTs, and intern psychologists.
Specialist services (children’s/psychosis/elderly) are having their hours cut back from extended hours 365 days a year, to Monday-Friday 9-5, throwing extra burden on the crisis team and the mental health assessment unit.
The mental health assessment unit is increasingly being used as a ward extension, leading to severely unwell people being held there for days. (see recent fights reported there.)

What will you do to address this?

LSWCHP LSWCHP 10:12 pm 08 Aug 13

Please describe the life experience you have that qualifies you to be a representative of, and a leader of the people of this country. All experience working for a political party, a union, or state, territory or federal public service does not count and should not be mentioned.

Note that by “leader” I’m not referring to leadership of a political party, but rather any candidate who sees him or herself as both a representative and leader within the community in any sense ie as a local member or whatever

magiccar9 magiccar9 7:12 pm 08 Aug 13

jett18 said :

We hear so much negativity about the opposition when election time rolls around– what three things do you consider to be positive about your opponent and why?

This! Finally a common sense comment.

A question of my own… “What are the figures relating to under-employment in the region and what are your plans to help combat this issue?
*Note, under-employment is completely different to unemployment, is just as bad, and yet we never see the stats and figures on this issue.

dungfungus dungfungus 5:57 pm 08 Aug 13

Masquara said :

How will your government go about improving Asian language skills in Australia?

What a stupid question. Why would Australians want to improve Asian language skills?

Masquara Masquara 5:21 pm 08 Aug 13

How will your government go about improving Asian language skills in Australia?

jett18 jett18 4:29 pm 08 Aug 13

We hear so much negativity about the opposition when election time rolls around– what three things do you consider to be positive about your opponent and why?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 10:40 am 08 Aug 13

What will you do to stop The Chronicle from being thrown on my front lawn every week?

Kevin Cock, Gunghalin.

p1 p1 10:26 am 08 Aug 13

ToastFliesRED said :

Would you vote for a ban on “conscience votes”? The idea that an individual can hold a parliamentary vote based on their own personal beliefs which their electorate have not voted them in on seems an obscure perversion of parliament. Sure we might not agree on every one of a party’s policies that we vote for but at least they are out in the open. The idea that a bunch of politicians will vote on their own beliefs rather than the will of the electorate seems totally against democracy. If the issue is that important why not hold a referendum?

Plus, if this is the case we would have no need to ask candidates questions, we could get everything we need from MrRabbots pamphlets.

Sandman Sandman 8:15 am 08 Aug 13

When will the Australian political system return to a form of selection whereby candidates are elected based on their strengths, rather than protest voting based upon their opponents weaknesses?

Aeek Aeek 10:04 pm 07 Aug 13

Primal said :

What does the phrase ‘efficiency dividend’ mean to you?

It’s as productive as getting rid of tea ladies.

poetix poetix 9:22 pm 07 Aug 13

Are you a poem or a story?

Primal Primal 9:15 pm 07 Aug 13

What does the phrase ‘efficiency dividend’ mean to you?

Jerry Atric Jerry Atric 8:46 pm 07 Aug 13

Having read these 10 questions, what is your opinion of Canberra voters?

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