Who wins the trophy for being our laziest MLA?

Jonathon Reynolds 7 August 2008 44

WIN News had this little gem buried in one of its news stories on Tuesday, 5th August 2008.

These two charts indicate the total number of representations made by each MLA on behalf of the community / constituents during the current Assembly term (i.e. since the 2004 election). According to WIN news the figures for cabinet members (ministers) were not made available.

Respresnetation from ALP and crossbench Members

Liberal Represetnations

Whilst it can be argued that each member does undertake multiple roles in the Assembly (including such tasks as committee work), it becomes abundantly clear from these figures that some members of the current Assembly appear to be harder working and actually had a real interest in representing their constituents. Others appear to have been far more content to sit back and simply suck on the teat for the last four years.

Perhaps the upcoming October election is an opportunity for a “changing of the guard” and a real chance to flush those that are not prepared to work hard in representing their constituents from the Assembly.

Comments from MLAs, their staffers and party hacks in defence of these figures are particularly welcomed.

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jakez jakez 2:18 pm 08 Aug 08

Roland GRNS said :

And I think the figures are only for letters written by the Member to a Minister. they may not include questions on notice, phone calls or emails.

Questions on notice with follow up media etc can often have a bigger impact on policy than a simple constituent representation.

Similarly, but oppositely, an email or phone call can often get an immediate result for an individual.

In terms of work load, there are other measures as well including how much and how well members contribute to assembly debates, amend legislation, and work on committee inquiries.

I agree. Forgive my still naive idealism but politicians should be more than well paid customer service reps/receptionists.

Roland GRNS Roland GRNS 1:58 pm 08 Aug 08

And I think the figures are only for letters written by the Member to a Minister. they may not include questions on notice, phone calls or emails.

Questions on notice with follow up media etc can often have a bigger impact on policy than a simple constituent representation.

Similarly, but oppositely, an email or phone call can often get an immediate result for an individual.

In terms of work load, there are other measures as well including how much and how well members contribute to assembly debates, amend legislation, and work on committee inquiries.

peterh peterh 9:47 am 08 Aug 08

LG said :

Crikey – what’s the junket / fact finding tour about? Will she be able to report her findings before her term ends?

and who else is on the junket?

LG LG 9:42 am 08 Aug 08

Crikey – what’s the junket / fact finding tour about? Will she be able to report her findings before her term ends?

johnboy johnboy 8:54 am 08 Aug 08

I think, Pandy, we’re going to have to take a look at your contributions in future before they go on the site.

Crikey Crikey 8:33 am 08 Aug 08

True Karin isn’t recontesting the election and with only a couple more weeks of her time left in the Assembly she is on an overseas junket.

johnboy johnboy 1:19 am 08 Aug 08

Frankly the whole argument is a stunning repudiation of the multi-member electorate model which dilutes responsibility.

bd84 bd84 10:06 pm 07 Aug 08

Pandy said :

Karin should get off her back or resign.

Karin MacDonald isn’t recontesting the coming election.

Ditto for the uselessness of the figures, selective information from the Government yet again. The number of representations made by each member is in no way going to effect my vote, there are that many variables in the figures that they mean nothing.

Members can flick the representations onto another member for a start, and having seen and heard some of the types of representations people send, the vast majority are from people who have too much time on their hands and need something to do or whinge about to occupy their time. One could interprate the figurs as Mary Porter wastes a large percentage of the assembly’s time with rubbish representations and Karin Macdonald only makes representations on behalf of constituents when they are decent enough and have enough relevance to do so. NEXT!

ant ant 9:08 pm 07 Aug 08

Seekay said

seekay said :

The vast majority of people who go to their local MP are either mad or think the world owes them a living – or both.

Mostly true. When the CES copped a call from an MP, it was usually on behalf of some expert welfare-user who knew exactly how the system worked. Or some loony who wrote long rambling letters in capitals to anyone who was famous.

cranky cranky 8:49 pm 07 Aug 08

Pandy,

‘back’ and ‘backside’ have very diferent conotations.

Pandy Pandy 8:12 pm 07 Aug 08

What are you saying teepee that she should not exercise some of that lard from her behind? Don’t let Krudd hear that.

BigDave BigDave 7:50 pm 07 Aug 08

Why did you not include figures for Jon Stanhope, Katy Gallagher and John Hargreaves?

According to WIN news the figures for cabinet members (ministers) were not made available.

I wouldn’t want it officially made public knowledge that I do eff all either.

Perhaps someone should do one on how many schooners were drunk by which MLAs in the City Labor Club. Hargreaves would clean up on that one.

VicePope VicePope 7:30 pm 07 Aug 08

I’d agree with those who say that the raw count of representations doesn’t mean a lot. In common with anyone who’s ever looked at representations by legislators (ACT, Federal, State), I can say there is a big difference between sticking a cover letter on something, asking for a reply direct to a constituent and actually presenting and arguing an issue on behalf of someone. (A long time ago, I worked in an agency which received consistent and well-argued representations on a particular legislative scheme – it led ultimately to useful amendments for which the member, from the then-opposition, was credited by the Minister in the second reading. Almost as long ago, an opposition Senator took up cudgels on behalf of a minority group of officials who were victims of an anomaly – it started from one case, but led to a remedy for the whole group).

teepee teepee 7:22 pm 07 Aug 08

I guess Karin is eithr lazy or ineffective – since that is the conclusion reached by Labor Branch members when they killed her political career at a very early age. But really that comment by Pandy is uncalled for.

mirage3 mirage3 7:04 pm 07 Aug 08

Pandy said :

Karin should get off her back or resign.

What are you implying????

Pandy Pandy 6:33 pm 07 Aug 08

Karin should get off her back or resign.

iCanberran iCanberran 5:40 pm 07 Aug 08

Government didn’t want to release their figures? Understandable when much time is spent on planning statues and street art instead of debating the future of the territory and how not to screw out schools.

deezagood deezagood 5:10 pm 07 Aug 08

Steve Pratt usually cops a hard time in RA land, and whilst he might lack some of the ‘polish’ of his more media-savvy peers, in my humble opinion, you won’t find a more genuine, caring and community-minded bloke anywhere. Steve’s downfall might be that he isn’t a politician’s politician – he does what he believes is right for the community – not what is right for political gain. I am always wary of lies and statistics, but I really wasn’t surprised to see Steve’s numbers here.

Thumper Thumper 4:39 pm 07 Aug 08

Yep, Tom Tom is correct. Doesn’t really mean a thing.

Granny Granny 4:15 pm 07 Aug 08

tom-tom said :

pointless statistic; proves aboslutely nothing

Exactly! What he said.

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