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What should we do to the candidates in 2012?

By johnboy 29 June 2012 33

In 2008 we had some fun with the sim challenge where we made prospective candidates play Sim City for an hour to get a feeling for their priorities.

It worked quite well, but things change a lot in the course of four years.

So with the election being the responsibility of Editorial Resource Number 2 (to be determined) (as I sun myself in Indonesian resorts with the filthy internet lucre) I figured we’d throw it out to the RiotACT hive mind as to what would be a good activity to get prospective candidates engaged with.

Over to you Rioters.

(Above is Speaker Shane Rattenbury’s shot at the title)

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poetix 8:22 pm 03 Jul 12

pierce said :

Voight-Kampff tests all round

Excellent!

Do politicians dream of virtual worms?

Walker 6:48 pm 03 Jul 12

pierce said :

Voight-Kampff tests all round

Took me a few seconds but I remembered what that is! Awesome.

+1

whitelaughter 4:41 pm 03 Jul 12

Bosworth said :

Have each candidate do a guest post on the riotact titled “why should you vote for me”.

Have each candidate personally respond to all comments over a 24 hr period.

Ask the commenters to vote on the best performance. RiotACT will endorse the people’s choice.

I like – this and/or the twitter feed have serious potential.

Besides, I want to see how they handle wingnuts.

cranky 6:37 pm 02 Jul 12

Bosworth said :

Have each candidate do a guest post on the riotact titled “why should you vote for me”.

Have each candidate personally respond to all comments over a 24 hr period.

Ask the commenters to vote on the best performance. RiotACT will endorse the people’s choice.

Excellent idea.

And we don’t have to be too polite about the questions we ask 🙂

PantsMan 6:20 pm 02 Jul 12

Bosworth said :

Have each candidate do a guest post on the riotact titled “why should you vote for me”.

Have each candidate personally respond to all comments over a 24 hr period.

Ask the commenters to vote on the best performance. RiotACT will endorse the people’s choice.

Get them on Twitter with some stupid #hashtag (suggestion: #HASHTAGforACTelection) and get them to answer any and all questions for an hour; some may be about what they actually think about policy and stuff, but most will just be general things about that ACT that people have never thought about Googling before.

It will make them look like they are engaged with the community.

Bosworth 4:43 pm 02 Jul 12

Have each candidate do a guest post on the riotact titled “why should you vote for me”.

Have each candidate personally respond to all comments over a 24 hr period.

Ask the commenters to vote on the best performance. RiotACT will endorse the people’s choice.

Holden Caulfield 3:56 pm 02 Jul 12

poetix said :

p1 said :

I like option three, but can we drop them in the Simpson Dessert instead?

The Simpson Dessert is one big doughnut…

Hopefully not bought from 7-Eleven, that would blow a bigger hole in the budget.

Mysteryman 3:56 pm 02 Jul 12

fnaah said :

Okay, so public execution may not actually be allowed (spoilsports….), so how about a public scrutiny of their capacity to think rationally?

Get them in front of an internets machine, and point them at these quick (but highly entertaining and thought provoking) questionnaires:

Battleground God: (determines whether your beliefs about god [or lack thereof] are logically consistent)

http://www.philosophersnet.com/games/god.php

That was fun, but there are some serious problems with the way the questions are phrased. Their undefined use of the word “justified”, for instance. Justified to who? Or by who? And on what basis?

Interesting, anyway.

whitelaughter 3:42 pm 02 Jul 12

Hmm, debate, railroads, yr 9 debate and questionaires all good options (the questionaires aren’t perfect, but on the flip side *knowing* what, if anything, they believed would be great).

How about a race around Canberra – by ACTION? Provide a list of sites they need to drop in on, and then they can what it’s like to rely on public transport. John James needs to be on the list, maybe the Down Syndrome association – a few of the hard to get to locations that exist to help people who aren’t mobile :/

poetix 3:41 pm 02 Jul 12

p1 said :

I like option three, but can we drop them in the Simpson Dessert instead?

The Simpson Dessert is one big doughnut…

p1 2:22 pm 02 Jul 12

I like option three, but can we drop them in the Simpson Dessert instead?

joingler 1:59 pm 02 Jul 12

Here are some ideas:

Option 1: The Goose Chase (can someone come up with a better name?)
Start them off in civic and give them a set of things they need to do (visit the gift shop at TCH, buy a meat pie at a bakery in Hawker, visit Telstra Tower etc). They are only allowed to travel via ACTION buses. To make it extra interesting, make it on a Sunday when there are stuff all services.

Option 2: Trivia Night
Each party (Libs, Labor and Greens) gets 6 on each team (two from each electorate). All questions are based on Canberra (geography, history, sport, etc). I can’t wait to see Labor lose on the final question when they tell everyone that Oaks Estate is located in Queanbeyan.

Option 3: Find your way home
Have a team of 3-4 from each party. Blindfold them all and then drive them up to an obscure point in the Brindabellas. Give them 3L of water each, a bit of fruit and a compass and have them find their way back home. Make sure you confiscate their phones so they don’t cheat.

This one may actually work as an election. First team back to the Legislative Assembly gets to govern.

Option 4: Work for a day
Each party sends a few people out to do various jobs for the day. I’d like to see Zed try to manage 50 kids at a childcare centre or see Katy drive an ACTION bus through the streets of Ngunnawal. Andrew Barr could be a bouncer at Mooseheads and Gary Humphries can deal with cranky people at Canberra Connect.

Thumper 1:25 pm 02 Jul 12

Thunderdome.

Nothing more needs to be said.

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