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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

What’s Your opinion?


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40 Responses to
So who the hell do I vote for?
wildturkeycanoe 6:10 am 19 Oct 12

The only candidates I will be even considering are those whose names have NOT been posted on the side of the road on a picket. What an absolute waste of money and materials. Sick of it all, let’s get it over with already.

Pirate_Biggles 1:47 am 19 Oct 12

MrSnrub said :

DaveSmith said :

It will be good to get someone with an engineering background into the Assembly when some of our biggest challenges are around the delivery and maintenance of infrastructure. .

This. I’ll be voting for Karl also. Notwithstanding the hair.

If Molonglo voters are looking for a candidate with a background in engineering, that would be me.
Graduated from UC with a software engineering degree (w/economics minor)
Have worked in IT infrastructure support and design roles for 8 years.

Shameless self plug, but if you want an infrastructure guy for Molonglo, pick me!

Stuart Biggs
Pirate Party ACT for Molonglo

Aeek 10:05 pm 18 Oct 12

Riding over Hindmarsh hill this afternoon, I was impressed by the sheer number of Guilia posters in their regimented precision. Is she channelling her inner Madonna/Beyonce/Prince in going single name?
There was also a forlorn Motorist Party placard that had been blown over in the recent gales, leading me to suspect them for the discarded stake that I hit at almost full speed coming down the other side. Irony.

I think the Liberals are “winning” the litter war.

Matt_Watts 8:22 pm 18 Oct 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Wait – Andrew Wall and Matthew Watts are different people? I thought it was just somebody taking their glasses off.

I don’t think Andrew would like that comment! 🙂

zippyzippy 7:02 pm 18 Oct 12

You guys got a pretty good turnout for Lego challenge. For all the negativity about the pollies and candidates, I reckon they’ve done a pretty good job trying to engage with the public, and there are plenty of people who’d do a decent job in the parliament (but also a few horrors).

Woody Mann-Caruso 6:39 pm 18 Oct 12

Wait – Andrew Wall and Matthew Watts are different people? I thought it was just somebody taking their glasses off.

astrojax 4:58 pm 18 Oct 12

snarek said :

… Tony Abbot. A guy who believes in immaculate conception but not global worming.

i would be totally for gobal worming – astromonkey would maybe be a little less wriggly than he too often is, as would astromonkeys the world over. rejoice and pray for global worming!

who the hell do i vote for? sadly, it will be a politician…

Gira2617 4:36 pm 18 Oct 12

Can’t stand the greens – they did nothing to support the Giralang community and the shops. If only Ginninderra had more exciting candidates – I like the idea of putting a professional in the assembly – can we have one for Ginninderra next please! Less lawyers and more candidates like Karl.

Labour at least came through for the community post Stanhope days and made the decision to approve the DA for Giralang shops and Libs have at least answered our questions. Love the idea of the very fast train from CBR to SYD if only more people with real life skills and experience.
So a bet each way? Still deciding.

MrSnrub 4:31 pm 18 Oct 12

DaveSmith said :

It will be good to get someone with an engineering background into the Assembly when some of our biggest challenges are around the delivery and maintenance of infrastructure. .

This. I’ll be voting for Karl also. Notwithstanding the hair.

I am keen to hear his views on global ‘worming’ tho. Have we stockpiled enough combantrin for this initiative, and more importantly, how will it be funded? Karl?

poetix 4:14 pm 18 Oct 12

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?

pirate_taco 4:04 pm 18 Oct 12

Gungahlin Al said :

Thanks for organising all this John – stacks of work behind the scenes.

I had fun and I know others did too from our talks around the traps (yes candidates from different parties do talk to each other). And it certainly gives people a bit more of an insight into the person behind the leaflet, and their (our) thinking.

Agreed.
Thanks John, you put a lot of hours into this to give as many candidates as were willing a shot at putting their views out there to the world.

I’d also like to point out that at the end of each build, the candidates were responsible for packing up the lego and dismantling it, and at least one candidate (or their assistant) went so far as to remove the rubber from every tyre.
Stuart Biggs and I co-ordinated the timing of our Lego builds so that we could leave as much assembled together as possible for the following pirate to remix and transform, instead of destroying everything.
Stuart did leave much of his lego intact for any following candidates from any party to build from, but he turned out to be the final build.

Everything is a remix.

Glen Takkenberg
Pirate Party ACT for Ginninderra

Matt_Watts 4:01 pm 18 Oct 12

Hi there,

It seems like only yesterday I bumped into you guys at the Duxton and you proffered this idea. I recall agreeing even before I had any idea how it would work out.

It was difficult doing it so early in the election, prior to our policies being announced, and just plain creepy that Elias was taking notes regarding a Lego Challenge.

It was heaps of fun! Can’t wait to see what the hive mind comes up with for the next election (assuming this didn’t wear you out!).

Cheers,

Matt

Gungahlin Al 3:30 pm 18 Oct 12

Thanks for organising all this John – stacks of work behind the scenes.

I had fun and I know others did too from our talks around the traps (yes candidates from different parties do talk to each other). And it certainly gives people a bit more of an insight into the person behind the leaflet, and their (our) thinking.

Was also interesting to see how people’s approaches varied over time. Tricky for those who came later to differentiate their plans?

If any Molonglo voters after a bit more last-moment background info for moi, please see here.
[Sigh. Yes – a shameless plug but I have to do it…]

snarek 3:23 pm 18 Oct 12

Well. Andrew Barr wants to put an industrial park in Macgregor. No vote for him. Yvette Berry held a meeting (well really I think daddy held the meeting) and Simon Corbell spewed forth a lot of weasel words like ‘due process’, which mean ‘vote for us now and we hope you will forget we shafted you at the next election’. No vote for him or ‘Wayne ‘speedbupms’ Berry’s little girl.

There are a stack of Liberals. But they have Tony Abbot. A guy who believes in immaculate conception but not global worming. Scary!!! No votes for any of them.

Guess that leaves Karl Maftoum. Seems pretty honest and labour could do with a shot of honesty, something about being the incumbent too long. Genuinely a guy with ideas, so he gets my vote.

BUT WAIT, I live in Macgregor. Damn, better vote Green then 🙂

DaveSmith 3:09 pm 18 Oct 12

It is critical for all the parties to get some new talent into the Assembly. I’m in Brindabella and I will be voting for Karl Maftoum. It will be good to get someone with an engineering background into the Assembly when some of our biggest challenges are around the delivery and maintenance of infrastructure. I don’t think the major political parties (and I’d probably include the Greens on this front – just) have done well enough on this front. It will not guarantee better outcomes but it is more likely that the right questions will be asked. Often we have to rely on our politicians being buffs to have a higher level of knowledge about these issues – we need more than that and Karl is someone who isn’t just enthusiastic but can bring his expertise and work ethiuc to the table.

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