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Posted on: 11 September 2012

Plagiarism, Politics and Polls

Plagiarism is more common than people imagine. To some extent journalists, bloggers and writers probably lead the queue although at one time or another most people have been plagiarist, albeit unintentionally. That people become plagiarist is because they use phrases they think they have just created although the reality is that had stored them in their subconscious after reading them earlier.

But plagiarism is often more than just an accidental literary theft. Often indeed it becomes a crime that needs exposing when for the purpose of financial gain or to persuade others of their intellectual and/or social status people pass off the intellectual property of others as their own.

Let me say also that writers are not the leading plagiarists; I reserve that honour for politicians especially those who put forward ideas and policies they claim as new that originally were put forward by politicians long gone. Fortunately for politicians, even at the best of times voters’ interest in the wider policy area can be summed up as minimal. Their interest is usually confined to policy that affects them personally.

This brings me to the coming ACT election Saturday, October 20th when voters in the Brindabella and Ginninderra electorates and seven in Molonglo will be asked to decide which candidates they would like to form the next ACT Legislative Assembly. It would be wise to remember when deciding on who you want to govern on your behalf that the Assembly is a Legislative body that will make decisions with the capacity to make your life better or worse regardless of the electorate you live in.

With that in mind you should be careful when making your choice. Sure it might be easier to keep the status quo than make choices from the candidates available. You will find it easier to make those choices if you take time to listen to the candidates individually rather than relying on big party candidates chosen or small party candidates and Independents.

What voters should consider also is that candidates from the small parties and Independents showed their commitment as they worked hard at creating and shaping policies while, in the main, candidates from the big parties had this work done for them.

So after weighing up the candidates, will Molonglo voters decide that Katy Gallagher – Labor, Steve Doszpot – Liberal, David Mathews- Labor, Caroline Le Couteur – Greens, Jeremy Hanson – Liberal and David Cumbers – AMP, with a final choice between Elizabeth Lee, Simon Corbell or Andrew Barr will give Molonglo a balanced and intelligent representation in the Assembly, or will they make different choices?

Whatever their choices on October 20th the final result in all three electorates could be interesting


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