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Federal Election ’07 – Call for email interview questions!

By Administrator 20 October 2007 105

OK, so yesterday Howard called the long expected election date for the Federal Election being November 24.

With a date now set Riot is reinstituting a long neglected feature being the email interview. We are going to send a set of 10 questions to each Senate and House of Reps candidate in Canberra’s electorates with questions coming from the best that are submitted from our readership. So submit your questions below and remember these are questions that will be sent to all candidates so don’t make them party specific and we wont be selecting any that are rude or childish – controversial and inflammatory is fine though 😉

For those interested the ABC’s Election coverage can be found here.

This post will be bumped to the top of the page each morning this week and the final 10 questions will be chosen over the weekend and emailed to all the candidates next Monday, October 22.


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Nemo 12:05 pm 21 Oct 07

I went to the recent Lodge open day and I was stunned that a house of that standard was the official residence of the PM.
I was embarrased to think the PM would entertain heads of state etc in such a pokey dark house which looks like it is stuck in the 1920’s. It needs to be maintained as a musuem and more appropriate accomodation built. No wonder no one wants to live there! I wouldn’t live there either.

Government house on the other hand was just spectacular.

I-filed 11:31 am 21 Oct 07

How about:

You gave the excuse of growing children when you chose to live in Sydney rather than The Lodge. Costello announced this morning that he will not occupy the Lodge – what is his excuse? Senator Humphries, what do you have to say about this?

KaneO 8:11 pm 20 Oct 07

When are you going to give these environment wrecking, do-gooder, ban-it type greenies a good kicking?

Maelinar 1:14 pm 19 Oct 07

P1, that statement is inaccurate. Where there is water, regardless of the level of the water, a high percentage of that water conatins DHMO.

While your attempt to be pedantic is quite inventive, I thought of it before I hit the send button, and concluded that regardless of the drought, DHMO is still found in high levels wherever water is found.

You would be correct if I had said ~present in High Levels in creek beds, stream beds, dried up ponds, empty billabongs, etc etc… but I didn’t so it’s not.

p1 12:32 pm 19 Oct 07

…and is present in High Levels in every creek, stream, pond, billabong, river, lake and reservoir in Australia ?

This is incorrect, due to the drought there are actually very low levels in most creeks etc.

Maelinar 12:17 pm 19 Oct 07

So why are they getting sailors then ?

Sorry, bad pun.

fhakk 12:14 pm 19 Oct 07

Why do these questions have to revolve around the election? I’ve always wondered whether the PM has ever shaved his genitalia. Naturally Rudd would have to agree with him.

caf 10:59 am 19 Oct 07

I guess it depends on what you call unskilled. The skills we target in the migration program should be those areas where the economy faces a significant and ongoing capacity problem. So we should be looking for builders and miners, at least.

Maelinar 10:01 am 19 Oct 07

R4lph = Sil3nt B0b

Ralph 9:43 am 19 Oct 07

Lots of emotive arguments, but no credible economic reasons for letting in hordes of unskilled migrants.

Australia has one of the biggest skilled migration programmes in the world. We let in plenty of new citizens each year.

“Boat people are an entirely different matter. They are fleeing from wars and military dictatorships where, more often than not, their lives are at risk. “

Nice sentiments, but largely bullsh*t. The majority of ‘refugees’ that arrive do not pass the UN test for political refugees. Most of these people arrive looking for better economic opportunity. Of course, locking them away isn’t a good thing to do, either. But to say they are all fleeing wars and persecution is simply untrue.

Ralph 8:55 am 19 Oct 07

What a comedian.

Maelinar 8:47 am 19 Oct 07

R4lph = D1ckh3ad. Of c0urs3 w3 a11 kn0w it is w4ter, it’s a Quest10n f0r the p0llies.

Ralph 8:44 am 19 Oct 07

Water

Maelinar 8:41 am 19 Oct 07

hmm – missing link to http://www.dhmo.org – Dihydrogen Monoxide

Maelinar 8:40 am 19 Oct 07

What is your parties policy on which one of the Greenhouse gases, an enabling component of Acid Rain, the causative agent in most cases of soil erosion, and is present in High Levels in every creek, stream, pond, billabong, river, lake and reservoir in Australia ?

Significant levels of DHMO were also found in the devestating Indian Ocean tsunami which killed 230,000 Indonesians, Thais and Malays.

captainwhorebags 8:25 am 19 Oct 07

What will you and your party do to raise the profile of Canberra and restore (or instill) pride in our city as the National Capital? How do you see this being affected by the ALP’s plan to reduce funding to the National Capital Authority? What roles and responsibilities do you see as lying with the local A.C.T. “government”?

fnaah 2:30 pm 18 Oct 07

My questions: By how much will your party be increasing funding for education, research and development, and communications infrastructure? What added assistance will you be giving to private sector research and technology companies? What measures will you take to ensure the best possible education is available to all Australians? What will you be doing to promote and encourage an educated, intelligent, tolerant and vibrant Australian community?

Oh and Ralph, at least have the maturity to respond to DMD’s arguments, instead of jumping straight to ad-hom nonsense. Nobody is impressed with how well (or not well, as the case may be) you can construct an insult.

Snahons_scv6_berlina 11:23 am 18 Oct 07

Thumper, give Mike Kelly another decade of luck, shady back door deals, some political nuance and perhaps a few favours from the SAS along the way…

(Only chose him because I am in the eden-monaro electorate and know nothing of other political wannabees)

Thumper 11:08 am 18 Oct 07

No, not true.

During WW2 he served overseas as a navigator in the RAAF and reached the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

I believe he was the last PM to have served in Australia’s armed forces.

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