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Matthew Watts, Liberal for Ginninderra, completes the Lego Challenge

By johnboy 8 August 2012 18

Last night the Liberals’ Matthew Watts kicked off our candidate challenge for the 2012 election.

As a contributor in the donor phase Matt was able to choose his venue and Belconnen’s The Basement gave us a heavy metal soundtrack as Matt beavered away for 2 3/4 hours of the three available to him before declaring his vision complete.

Somewhat to everyone’s surprise ACT Light Rail’s Damian Haas turned up as Matt’s second and the Secretary of the ACT Labor Party was in attendance.

Matt’s priorities appear to be power boats on Lake Ginninderra, buses to Hall, and reducing the liquor licensing costs to small venues, particularly the Wood Duck Hotel at Hall.

But don’t take my word for it, he explains all in the video.

Candidates are still nailing down their performance times and we’ll advise when we’re closer to doing the next one as the public are encouraged to come along and share their thoughts with the candidates.

(Candidates are advised that there will be no candidate challenges after 28 September so they better get in quick, email john@the-riotact.com )

Pictured is the magisterial Hand Of Watts making short work of Stanhopian Public Art.

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mcleodwealth 9:02 am 10 Aug 12

Respect to Matt… He’s a good guy, met him a few times..

Re: social venues – I’d like to see more live music. Apparently licensing or insurance costs go up if you have live music. Personally, I’d prefer a guy with a guitar to the sound of pokies any day.

But I guess live music is less attractive from a fund raising point of view 😉

damien haas 3:15 pm 09 Aug 12

As Johnboy mentions in the main post, I assisted Matt in the Lego Challenge at the Basement on Tuesday night, and my back is still killing me from hunching over lego bins searching for that one piece, for three hours!  I did this as friend of Matts and it had nothing to do with ACT Light Rail, or the Belconnen Community Council. I am not a member of the liberal party, and I came to know Matt through our work on the Belconnen Community Council and his attendance at ACT Light Rail meetings. 

I am happy to describe him as a personal friend, and when he asked for assistance I was happy to provide it. I believe we need good people in the Assembly and Matt is a good person. Several of the people Matt has helping him in his run at the Assembly are in fact life long labor supporters. They told me they had always voted labor, but Matt is a friend and they wanted to help. I think that speaks volumes.

My friendship with Matt didn’t stop me from asking him to publicly commit to building light rail in the next term at last night’s Gungahlin Community Council ‘Ginninderra Candidates’ meeting (Al Kerlin liveblogged this on facebook) , where he towed the party line about their proposed Infrastructure Canberra prioritising those types of decisions. 
 
I can’t comment on what the Canberra Liberals’ official policy announcement on Liquor Laws will be.  Matt once told me there is a timetable for policy announcements, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what they all are.  I’m presuming his participation in the Lego Challenge won’t impact the Libs’ policy announcement timetable.
 
For those who doubt Matt’s personal commitment to the issue of Liquor Law Reform, let me say this:  he perhaps did more to fight the current legal framework than any other non-liquor license owning private individual (I don’t have visibility of what MLAs or CEOs of various industry bodies did). 

In 2010 or so, he invited most if not all ACT publicans to a meeting in Belconnen to discuss the proposed laws, and what the faults were.  Quite a few pubs were represented.  I attended representing the Belconnen Community Council, and one of Matt’s other contacts from Neighbourhood Watch attended to listen to the publicans’ concerns.  Vicki Dunne was also there.
 
As a result of that meeting, Matt and a delegation of publicans met with Shane Rattenbury to inform him of the problems.  Matt also tried to meet with Corbell, to no avail.  I guess the Minister was too busy to listen to the industry. Not being able to meet with the Minister is a problem that ACT Light Rail have also had. I find this ACT Government only really consult with people who hold the same views as they do – a process which brings about great outcomes for the community.
 
Matt made a number of submissions to the ACT Government.  I found this one particularly entertaining, but equally intelligent:  http://www.justice.act.gov.au/resources/attachments/Review_of_Liquor_Fees_-_Watts.pdf

Thumper 1:08 pm 09 Aug 12

I’d also like to know the policies in regards to animal welfare from all parties.

Diggety 11:26 am 09 Aug 12

Fingers crossed…

Thumper said :

Diggety said :

Thumper said :

reducing the liquor licensing costs to small venues

Like.

+1 and looong overdue.

* Expansion of small (responsible) business
* Contraction of Canberra’s quasi casino culture (SuperClubs)
* Wider distribution of licenced premises (a local pub on your corner – remember that?)
* More social drinking culture
* More venues for bands, etc.

In every other city where small businesses have been liberated by less licensing, the above changes are observed.

Whoever gets in, get onto it.

Frankly, these are things that needs to be done in this town.

The obsession with glitzy but souless clubs full of pokies is killing the community. Clubs are like the Bunnings of boozers, cheap, clean, but really, just another supermarket stealing your dollar.

And the ALP is addicted to them, so much it would seem that they really don’t care about small pubs.

A question to Mr Watts: Can you do this?Will you pursue these policies? Is this liberal party policy? If not will you simply end up toeing the party line rather than following these policies?

I refuse to vote for anyone who is simply going to toe a party line.

And therein lies the real question – is it a thought bubble or is it party policy?

Diggety 2:28 am 09 Aug 12

Thumper said :

Diggety said :

Thumper said :

reducing the liquor licensing costs to small venues

Like.

+1 and looong overdue.

* Expansion of small (responsible) business
* Contraction of Canberra’s quasi casino culture (SuperClubs)
* Wider distribution of licenced premises (a local pub on your corner – remember that?)
* More social drinking culture
* More venues for bands, etc.

In every other city where small businesses have been liberated by less licensing, the above changes are observed.

Whoever gets in, get onto it.

Frankly, these are things that needs to be done in this town.

The obsession with glitzy but souless clubs full of pokies is killing the community. Clubs are like the Bunnings of boozers, cheap, clean, but really, just another supermarket stealing your dollar.

And the ALP is addicted to them, so much it would seem that they really don’t care about small pubs.

A question to Mr Watts: Can you do this?Will you pursue these policies? Is this liberal party policy? If not will you simply end up toeing the party line rather than following these policies?

I refuse to vote for anyone who is simply going to toe a party line.

Dam good questions… I’d like to hear solid and promising answers.

gooterz 8:42 pm 08 Aug 12

Multi level carpark..

Libs win

Thumper 6:34 pm 08 Aug 12

Diggety said :

Thumper said :

reducing the liquor licensing costs to small venues

Like.

+1 and looong overdue.

* Expansion of small (responsible) business
* Contraction of Canberra’s quasi casino culture (SuperClubs)
* Wider distribution of licenced premises (a local pub on your corner – remember that?)
* More social drinking culture
* More venues for bands, etc.

In every other city where small businesses have been liberated by less licensing, the above changes are observed.

Whoever gets in, get onto it.

Frankly, these are things that needs to be done in this town.

The obsession with glitzy but souless clubs full of pokies is killing the community. Clubs are like the Bunnings of boozers, cheap, clean, but really, just another supermarket stealing your dollar.

And the ALP is addicted to them, so much it would seem that they really don’t care about small pubs.

A question to Mr Watts: Can you do this?Will you pursue these policies? Is this liberal party policy? If not will you simply end up toeing the party line rather than following these policies?

I refuse to vote for anyone who is simply going to toe a party line.

shirty_bear 4:01 pm 08 Aug 12

Heavy metal soundtrack may be the only meaningful way to differentiate local pollies … I might cast a valid vote in this election yet …

whoodzzz 2:58 pm 08 Aug 12

I worked with matt a few years ago, seriously one of the most stand up guys I’ve met in a long long time.

Henry82 2:16 pm 08 Aug 12

i think that’s quite clever and well designed

mutley 1:49 pm 08 Aug 12

johnboy said :

Who needs a bicycle when you’ve got a ton ton?

Please! It’s a Tauntaun!

Mysteryman 1:42 pm 08 Aug 12

I give him huge points for doing away with the owl and with Stanhope! That got me laughing.

Diggety 1:13 pm 08 Aug 12

Thumper said :

reducing the liquor licensing costs to small venues

Like.

+1 and looong overdue.

* Expansion of small (responsible) business
* Contraction of Canberra’s quasi casino culture (SuperClubs)
* Wider distribution of licenced premises (a local pub on your corner – remember that?)
* More social drinking culture
* More venues for bands, etc.

In every other city where small businesses have been liberated by less licensing, the above changes are observed.

Whoever gets in, get onto it.

thy_dungeonman 1:00 pm 08 Aug 12

I like his passive aggressive swipe at the Labor club, also the fact that he used my old pirate ship to make the arts center, will the real one look that ? that would be cool. The destruction of the stanhope owl was funny, but would it really be cost effective and popular to destroy the owl now that it’s already been built? I real like how there is a sneaky rail in the background he simply refers to as “transport” before trying to focus back on the buses and “other forms of transport” no Lego bicycles?

Kdowgg 12:56 pm 08 Aug 12

In the absence of the abiltity to provide any meangingful commentary or insight into the event, I must take a moment to say that it was personally inspiring to watch such a inspiring man inspire the crowds with his inspirational civic planning prowess.

Thumper 10:59 am 08 Aug 12

reducing the liquor licensing costs to small venues

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