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ACT opinions

Posted on: 15 October 2012

Interviews that are not before time

With only five days to go until election day on Saturday, you could have knocked me down with a feather when two early morning radio talk back programs condescended to interview unfashionable candidates from the Ginninderra electorate. Better late than never I suppose.

Of course they can now claim that these too little too late interviews exculpate them from any accusation that their election coverage has been unfair.

They don’t. And if only to add to the unfairness, an academic economist – not a candidate – from Canberra University and consultant to the ACT Government Tax review had said in a Canberra Times opinion piece and repeated on ABC 666 that the Liberals saying rates would triple, misrepresented what the report said.

The fact is that saying something has been misrepresented is an opinion not a lie, even if does not suit the academic who was careful to avoid saying the Liberals were telling lies. On the other hand I wonder what he’d say to Labor and Green supporters who are house owners and small business operator that, on the evidence of their rates notices claim the increases are huge. Are they telling lies?

Sadly however, the election campaign has sunk to a level usually only experienced in less democratic political systems. In this case I am referring to the accusation made by Katy Gallagher that Liberal supporters harassed her using words that imply dangerous behaviour. For both parties such harassment is par for the course during election campaigns although in this case, such allegations seem to have a touch of desperation about them.

Returning to the interviews I learned a couple of things: 1. There seems little difference between Labor and the Greens as Chris Bourke and Meredith Hunter virtually echoed each other; 2. Liberal Candidate Vicki Dunne seemed very positive; 3. Marion Le, Leader of the Social Justice Party, seemed to understand better than the major party candidates what the community wanted; 4. Chic Henry of the Australian Motorist Party would have quelled some voters worries that the AMP was only worried about motoring issues

If these interviews had a wide hearing it’s quite possible they could affect voters’ previous voting intentions.


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