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The election show – Saturday 7 September

Posted on: 1 September 2013

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 The Election Show – Saturday 7 September

Roll Up! Roll Up! Is the cry the electoral office should be using to encourage voters to turn up at polling booths a week from now because during the past three years the behaviour of some Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives seemed better fitted to the circus than parliament. So will this election improve things?

The ACT is the electorate of particular interest to me so a few brief comments on Senate Candidates. Senator Kate Lundy – Labor is a sitting member and unless she makes some catastrophic mistakes during the next week (unlikely) she can start planning her future senatorial programme.

Canberra’s home grown Zed Seselja – Liberal, will, I think claim the vacant second senate seat. He has the necessary political experience gained from a decade in the ACT Legislative Assembly and has practical knowledge of a how a Federal department works having been a lawyer with Transport and Regional services. With five children he want a government that will give them opportunity.

The only other candidate with a chance is Simon Sheik – Australian Greens. Apart from disliking Tony Abbott, the CV I’ve seen shows little by way of motivation. Says he’s passionate about climate change, social justice and closing the gap between the rich and the poor. How will he do it?

ACT candidates for the House of Representatives are more interesting. In Fraser, sitting member Andrew Leigh – Labor, is also likely to win without getting up a sweat which says more about the voters who consistently vote Labor than about Andrew Leigh’s talents. Before politics he was a Professor of Economics at the ANU and briefly a Parliamentary Secretary in the Gillard Government.

Then we have Elizabeth Lee- Liberal. Clearly talented, she is currently a lecturer in law at the Australian National University and University of Canberra and has led both the ACT and Young Lawyers committees and served as an ACT Law Society councillor. Originally from South Korea, I think of her as a model for how a Non- European migrant can succeed in Australia and given the chance, also succeed in Federal Parliament.

As the remaining candidates, Freddy Alejandro Alcazar, – Palmer United Party; Jill Elizabeth Ross – Rise Up Australia Party; and Adam Verwey – Australian Greens seem unlikely to get anywhere in this election, I shall save time by not writing about them.

The ACT’s other electorate Canberra, has more interesting candidates. Gai Brodtmann – Labor. On the basis of Canberra’s political history unless some of the following candidates show outstanding political skills and flair, Ms Brodtmann seems sure of re- election.

Of the other candidates her min challenger will be Tom Sefton – Liberal. A commando officer during two tours of Afghanistan, a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and Law from the ANU and a job as a strategic analyst in Defence Intelligence in his kit bag he clearly has knowledge and skills he can bring to the political battlefield.

Next Julie Melrose – Australian Greens. Because like other Greens her main reason for standing seems hatred of Tony Abbott and as hate is not a policy I can’t see having any chance of success.

Now for Tony Hanley – Palmer United Party. Because he says he has ideas makes him different from many other candidates who effectively iterate policies created by others. But even if you think his ideas wacky at least he has been prepared to put them to the test.

Damien Maher – Bullet Train for Australia, is a small business man who might garner some votes even although unlikely to be successful. He says he says he sees a high speed rail link between Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne as part of the future and because many people in Canberra agree with him, the number of votes he secures will be interesting.

Last but not least, Nicolle Burt – Secular Party of Australia. Nicolle is dissatisfied with both the Labor and Liberal Parties, saying Labor takes voters for granted while the Liberals distrust the ACT. I offer no opinion on her views but they scarcely amount to policy. Nevertheless, she is to be congratulated on standing up and putting them forward.

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2 Responses to "The election show – Saturday 7 September"

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