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So who the hell do I vote for?

By johnboy 18 October 2012 40

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The Canberra Times may have already decided the winner of the election, but the specific makeup of the Assembly remains a mystery.

So who are all these people who will be crowding your ballot and which are worthy of your prized “1” in the box by their name?

Fortunately at the expense of staggering quantities time and money RiotACT has compiled a list of worthy candidates.

These are the candidates who back their creativity, can express a vision in both verbal and non-verbal forms, manage time, resources, priorities, and not insignificant amounts of exhaustion.

It was open to all, these are the candidates who answered the call. I personally would vote for any of them over the candidates who weren’t up to it.

And so, in alphabetical order (Electorate, then first name) we present:

Brindabella

Andrew Wall, Liberal

Johnathan Davis, Green

Karl Maftoum, Labor

Mark Gibbons, Pirate


Ginninderra

Glen Takkenberg, Pirate

James Higgins, Green

Matthew Watts, Liberal

Yvette Berry, Labor


Molonglo

Alan Kerlin, Green

Mark Kulasingham, Labor

Meegan Fitzharris, Labor

Shane Rattenbury, Green

Stuart Biggs, Pirate


Special thanks to the candidates who donated Lego but were unable to make the build. Rebecca Cody and Tom Sefton

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screaming banshee 10:17 am 20 Oct 12

I’d love to see an assembly full of independents, collectively voting for the best outcomes for act residents, rather than the political point scoring nonsense that goes on these days.

As it happens glen, you have my vote and I wish you great success, the discourse is most encouraging.

OpenYourMind 10:10 am 20 Oct 12

While it may only be a token gesture, I felt enormous satisfaction in putting Pocock last.

dixyland 9:38 am 20 Oct 12

Pirate Party FTW! Well, they may not win, but they seem to be the only sensible party and we need some independent blood in the Assembly to ensure things actually get done. All this not crossing the floor to vote a good idea with the Government or Opposition drives me crazy. Go Pirates!

P.S. I miss the Democrats.

pirate_taco 7:44 am 20 Oct 12

screaming banshee said :

Glen, would you have an issue with a commercial property operating outward facing security cameras recording footage of people walking past said property. I am aware of a rather significant crime in which one such recording proved very useful evidence to the prosecution.

There have been quite a few incidents reported recently where access to records of cars that have travelled through an area could have proved very useful.

Skip forward to a future where cars drive themselves, communicating with a traffic management system and the cars around it resulting in much more efficient and safer vehicle flow. I am certain such a system will incorporate the recording of vehicle movements, if nothing else than to maintain a record of the management systems compliance with set standards.

While I can see the potential downside, I feel the potential benefits of such data retention can outweigh the downside. Like the tech reporter that had his data wiped using find my whatever due to social engineering, there is far greater benefit to the software as seen recently locally when a citizen found his stolen iPad.

Have a read of this to get an idea why more CCTV isn’t really a good idea for fighting crime http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/cameras-eye-on-the-streets-is-little-more-than-pie-in-the-sky-20121004-2725n.html

Tracking every car movement to help solve one or two cases a year doesn’t seem like a good enough trade for me.
Even then, will it just create an increase in numberplate tampering and/or car theft in order to avoid tracking by the most serious criminals?

The difference between mass surveillance and a find my iPad app is end user control. The end user chooses to install it and enable it, and can disable it at will.

Collecting the data, whatever the safeguards, creates an opportunity for it to be misused.
You may not see the concern, because “why would anyone ever bother tracking me if I’m not doing anything wrong”?
I’ve met a number of activists now who are likely being monitored. They have haven’t done anything wrong either, yet the privacy of themselves and those around them has been compromised.

I don’t want to live in a world where everyone is tracked and monitored like a criminal.

Glen Takkenberg
Pirate Party ACT for Ginninderra

Kdowgg said :

he is always unquestionably willing to support and help any cause or personal situation .

*any* cause…

screaming banshee 8:50 pm 19 Oct 12

Glen, would you have an issue with a commercial property operating outward facing security cameras recording footage of people walking past said property. I am aware of a rather significant crime in which one such recording proved very useful evidence to the prosecution.

There have been quite a few incidents reported recently where access to records of cars that have travelled through an area could have proved very useful.

Skip forward to a future where cars drive themselves, communicating with a traffic management system and the cars around it resulting in much more efficient and safer vehicle flow. I am certain such a system will incorporate the recording of vehicle movements, if nothing else than to maintain a record of the management systems compliance with set standards.

While I can see the potential downside, I feel the potential benefits of such data retention can outweigh the downside. Like the tech reporter that had his data wiped using find my whatever due to social engineering, there is far greater benefit to the software as seen recently locally when a citizen found his stolen iPad.

pirate_taco 7:07 pm 19 Oct 12

screaming banshee said :

Dammit taco, you had me right up until you said you want to take out point to point.

Point to point could stay as long as it’s effectiveness in road safety aims is proven, and we put into place assurances that the data collected is discarded as long as you aren’t detected speeding.

I emailed Simon Corbell about the cameras shortly after they were announced, and the response from him was basically: we promise to not do anything our report[1][2] told us we could theoretically do with it in the future.

Pirate Party ACT and it’s parent, Pirate Party Australia, completely opposes unwarranted mass surveillance [3].

Glen Takkenberg
Pirate Party ACT for Ginninderra

1. http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/204505/ACT_Forward_Design_Study.pdf
2. http://the-riotact.com/here-come-the-point-to-point-cameras/28233
3. http://pirateparty.org.au/wiki/Platform#Privacy_Rights

poetix 6:18 pm 19 Oct 12

Masquara said :

poetix said :

DrKoresh said :

No burgers in O’Connor these days, not good ones at least :'(

I’m sure I have witnessed the consumption of burgers at Duxton. I can’t vouch for their quality though, being a feeble muncher of soy-bean products. Their beetroot salad is nice.

Perhaps the post was referring to a dearth of good burghers in the People’s Republic of O’Connor?

Mmm, strangely, I think I prefer Masquara political to funny… (-:

Though there is still a slight political tinge to that line, a little like a smear of sauce on a very stale bun. I think it’s a variation of the sauce used in the traditional Japanese chicken dish called yakitori. Let’s call it yuckytory…

Now *that* was satisfyingly obscure.

screaming banshee 6:13 pm 19 Oct 12

Dammit taco, you had me right up until you said you want to take out point to point.

Matt_Watts 5:46 pm 19 Oct 12

thebadtouch said :

Kdowgg said :

Hopefully this isn’t an inappropriate place for singing praises, but I really want to give a brief, but sincere and hearty supporting shout out to Matt Watts for tomorrow…
At the risk of sounding trite or irrelevant I am putting political policies aside, there is an abundance of such commentary and discussion availble.
On a personal level I have found Matt to be a member of the community with such personal integrity and I have found it a pleasure to know him and will find it an even greater honour to vote for him.
In a very human capacity he is always unquestionably willing to support and help any cause or personal situation so I can only imagine the lengths he would strive to in achieving community oriented political goals.
Good luck tomorrow Matty.

Nice post Matt’s mum.

I’m not sure what my Sydney-based mum would think of having been outed as a promoter of Canberra bands…

http://the-riotact.com/benefit-a-music-spectacular-held-jointly-at-the-pot-belly-and-the-basement/82752

Masquara 5:30 pm 19 Oct 12

poetix said :

DrKoresh said :

No burgers in O’Connor these days, not good ones at least :'(

I’m sure I have witnessed the consumption of burgers at Duxton. I can’t vouch for their quality though, being a feeble muncher of soy-bean products. Their beetroot salad is nice.

Perhaps the post was referring to a dearth of good burghers in the People’s Republic of O’Connor?

switch 5:14 pm 19 Oct 12

astrojax said :

or maybe no votes – he might stuff up his paper and it be counted as illegitimate – wouldn’t that be funny! 🙂

He’s not as funny as Kevin Philips BONG.

astrojax 4:29 pm 19 Oct 12

johnboy said :

Anyone voting for Pocock is robbing me of the satisfaction of seeing him get one solitary vote.

Do you really want to rob me of that satisfaction?

or maybe no votes – he might stuff up his paper and it be counted as illegitimate – wouldn’t that be funny! 🙂

bundah 4:17 pm 19 Oct 12

johnboy said :

Anyone voting for Pocock is robbing me of the satisfaction of seeing him get one solitary vote.

Do you really want to rob me of that satisfaction?

Well he’s already got one guaranteed vote ….Mr.G!

poetix 4:17 pm 19 Oct 12

DrKoresh said :

No burgers in O’Connor these days, not good ones at least :'(

I’m sure I have witnessed the consumption of burgers at Duxton. I can’t vouch for their quality though, being a feeble muncher of soy-bean products. Their beetroot salad is nice.

bundah 4:06 pm 19 Oct 12

PBO said :

Bugger it, I will vote for Pocock just to see what happens.

Yep all rioters should vote for Poocock,even if he’s in another electorate!

    johnboy 4:09 pm 19 Oct 12

    Anyone voting for Pocock is robbing me of the satisfaction of seeing him get one solitary vote.

    Do you really want to rob me of that satisfaction?

PBO 3:41 pm 19 Oct 12

Bugger it, I will vote for Pocock just to see what happens.

DrKoresh 2:26 pm 19 Oct 12

poetix said :

Yes, thanks for this RiotACT. It was quite revealing I think.

Lego challenge

Worlds built in plastic bricks
strange innocence of blocks;
Braque exiled to O’Connor
amongst burgers and blokes and beer.
Play programmatic, but whimsy
still peeps out, from behind
hard thick walls of promise.
Dragons and Princesses frolic
with Pirates and aliens and owls.
Sharp edges and colours
cannot contain all dreams.
So the choreography of wish
dances;
glimpsed on the village green.

Karl and Meegan appearing twice in your Lego/Brady Bunch mosaic above might speak of favourites! You should have two of yourself looking exhausted instead?

No burgers in O’Connor these days, not good ones at least :'(

thebadtouch 2:15 pm 19 Oct 12

Kdowgg said :

Hopefully this isn’t an inappropriate place for singing praises, but I really want to give a brief, but sincere and hearty supporting shout out to Matt Watts for tomorrow…
At the risk of sounding trite or irrelevant I am putting political policies aside, there is an abundance of such commentary and discussion availble.
On a personal level I have found Matt to be a member of the community with such personal integrity and I have found it a pleasure to know him and will find it an even greater honour to vote for him.
In a very human capacity he is always unquestionably willing to support and help any cause or personal situation so I can only imagine the lengths he would strive to in achieving community oriented political goals.
Good luck tomorrow Matty.

Nice post Matt’s mum.

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