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Parton a standout at Brindabella forum

By Charlotte Harper - 15 September 2016 4

Brindabella candidates forum

Mark Parton smashed last night’s Brindabella candidates forum at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Smashed it.

Each of the 15 candidates who had turned up sat quietly in their seats until moderator Genevieve Jacobs directed an audience question about community engagement their way. Then, remaining seated, they spoke into a microphone about their achievements for others.

When it was the turn of ex-2CC presenter now Liberal candidate Mr Parton, the high profile candidate leapt up, strode across the room until he was standing directly in front of the questioner, and launched into an impromptu speech about how his father’s small-town supermarket success had inspired his work ethic.

Mr Parton will come up a winner whenever public speaking is required during this campaign.

Among the other candidates who impressed the RiotACT was Labor’s Angie Drake, who has a knack like her former boss Katy Gallagher for explaining policies past and present in a way that is easy for the rest of us to understand and accept. Come to think of it, Ms Drake’s voice even sounds a bit like Ms Gallagher’s. She’s likeable, approachable and seems genuine. Having grown up in Tuggeranong, Ms Drake still lives there, unlike Greens candidate Michael Mazengarb, the Liberals’ Nicole Lawder was quick to point out.

Mr Mazengarb is a thoughtful and intellectual candidate who did grow up in the electorate but lives across town these days. If the reaction of the audience last night to his environmental policies and defence of the light rail project are any indication, he will struggle to win the one seat the Greens are hoping for in Brindabella.

More positively received was national director of Sensis Annette Fazey. A Liberal candidate like Mr Parton, Ms Fazey had the audience gripped by the story of how her 9-year-old’s Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis and treatment issues had inspired her to get involved in politics. She is a strong public speaker with career experience that positions her well for local politics. She is also a Tuggeranong local.

Brindabella candidates forum

Former Labor minister Joy Burch was the only candidate from the major parties not participating last night (she was interstate). Ms Burch has worked hard this year at a grass roots level in Tuggeranong after losing the ministry.

Minor party candidates like Steven Bailey of the Sex Party and the Like Canberra candidates Richard Tuffin and Tim Friel were joined by enthusiastic independent Joel McKay on the stage, but with such strong candidates for the major parties, it seems unlikely they present a real threat.

So, if you’re a Brindabella resident and want to vote on the basis of an individual candidate’s ability to perform in the public sphere rather than along party lines, I’d suggest you take a serious look at Mark Parton, Annette Fazey and Angie Drake.

I’d say that of the three, Mr Parton is the most likely to succeed come election day. It will be interesting to see whether Labor incumbents Joy Burch and Mick Gentleman and Liberal MLAs Andrew Wall and Nicole Lawder are returned or replaced by newcomers.

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4 Responses to
Parton a standout at Brindabella forum
torana68 6:49 pm 07 Oct 16

don’t think Labor is serious about being elected , questions to one MLA on their facebook page have gone unanswered , others deleted…..I suppose that makes the decision easier but its dissapointing they cant find the time to reply to questions based on their promises.

Garfield 3:13 pm 16 Sep 16

bj_ACT said :

Did any of the candidates focus on the worsening Socio Economic issues for Tuggeranong, the reduction of government services in the area and the increasing government charges on Tuggeranong residents to cover increased services and infrastructure into other areas?

It should shock Canberra residents that Digital Finance Analytics found that Kambah, Wanniassa & Greenway were the three most Mortgaged Stressed suburbs in all of Canberra. (no other Canberra suburbs made the next worst 300). This means that it is now harder for residents in these suburbs to get loans from a Bank or that they often have to pay higher mortgage rates when establishing a loan. Just because of a postcode not due to their individual situation.

Tuggeranong Public schools now fill out the bottom rung of schools in NAPLAN testing. The multiple School closures of Tuggeranong were meant to improve performances, but have had the exact opposite effect (as argued by the Save our Schools people).

Tuggeranong residents are paying higher annual housing rates as a proportion of their assets and income, than other parts of Canberra pay. In short the rate rises have hit these residents proportionally harder than the rises in central Canberra etc.

Unemployment and NEWSTART payments have risen in Tuggeranong well above the increases in other parts of Canberra. And the list goes on.

ACT Labor seem to have to have forgotten their roots in supporting the working class people of Canberra. It seems a joke to me that the Liberals won more votes in economically struggling areas at the last ACT election. This is the opposite of traditional voting Labor & Liberal areas at the Federal level and should be a sign that something’s amiss.

I think everyone there except Labor spoke about the neglect of Tuggeranong in terms of basic council services and there was also mention of a lack of medical and education infrastructure from some candidates. The Libs obviously promoted their hospital plan for Tuggeranong and I think it might have been the Independent Joel McKay who said that while Belco has a university and full CIT campus, Tuggeranong’s newly opened CIT occupies just 2 floors of 1 building and Tuggers was missing out. The Sex Party candidate also talked about if he held the balance of power he’d make sure that Tuggeranong was prioritised over everywhere else. The Libs also talked about the rates increases and cost of living pressures they warned about 4 years ago, and the increases that would be needed in future to fund Labor’s tram. Tuggeranong sitting at the bottom of the ACT in terms of NAPLAN results was not mentioned.

bj_ACT 2:28 pm 16 Sep 16

Did any of the candidates focus on the worsening Socio Economic issues for Tuggeranong, the reduction of government services in the area and the increasing government charges on Tuggeranong residents to cover increased services and infrastructure into other areas?

It should shock Canberra residents that Digital Finance Analytics found that Kambah, Wanniassa & Greenway were the three most Mortgaged Stressed suburbs in all of Canberra. (no other Canberra suburbs made the next worst 300). This means that it is now harder for residents in these suburbs to get loans from a Bank or that they often have to pay higher mortgage rates when establishing a loan. Just because of a postcode not due to their individual situation.

Tuggeranong Public schools now fill out the bottom rung of schools in NAPLAN testing. The multiple School closures of Tuggeranong were meant to improve performances, but have had the exact opposite effect (as argued by the Save our Schools people).

Tuggeranong residents are paying higher annual housing rates as a proportion of their assets and income, than other parts of Canberra pay. In short the rate rises have hit these residents proportionally harder than the rises in central Canberra etc.

Unemployment and NEWSTART payments have risen in Tuggeranong well above the increases in other parts of Canberra. And the list goes on.

ACT Labor seem to have to have forgotten their roots in supporting the working class people of Canberra. It seems a joke to me that the Liberals won more votes in economically struggling areas at the last ACT election. This is the opposite of traditional voting Labor & Liberal areas at the Federal level and should be a sign that something’s amiss.

Garfield 7:15 am 16 Sep 16

Angie Drake was only impressive in her ability to mislead regarding the cost of light rail with a straight face. She shamelessly promoted Labor’s claim that light rail will come at a cost of less than 1% of the budget, ignoring the fact that figure was only in relation to stage 1, her party had already committed to start construction of stage 2 before the 2020 election and they have adds airing telling voters that they’re committed to a full light rail network for Canberra, which will consist of 5 major stages plus other smaller routes. To me, the figures suggest the only way stage 1 could come to less than 1% of the budget is if they’re only counting the ongoing annual payments and excluding the $375m lump sum payment due once construction is complete. We should also add in interest on that lump sum as it will need to be borrowed. Once fully constructed and all costs are factored in, the light rail network is likely to cost 7-9% of the budget. Contrast that to Action buses that currently provide public transport for the entire city at a cost of about 2.3% of the budget. Remembering that even after the light rail network is built, we’ll still need buses to move people from the suburbs to the nearest tram stop, Labor is effectively talking about quadrupling the cost of public transport for the ACT.

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