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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

David Obendorf

Liberals score zero on honest government plan

Yesterday Tasmanians for Transparency released results of our candidate survey on our 12 Point Plan for Honest Government in Tasmania ( TT here ). 13 candidates responded to the online survey questions all of whom supported the establishment of an Independent Anti Corruption Commission and stronger whistleblower protection laws in Tasmania.

While no major party chose to complete the online survey The Palmer United Party and the Tasmanian Greens sent a letter to Tasmanians for Transparency outlining their well-considered views on our questions and what they would do to promote honesty and transparency in Government.

Tasmanians for Transparency has given the Tasmanian Liberals a zero score for their response contained in their letter outlining their total opposition to our 12-Point Plan.

The Tasmanian Liberal Party in its response has said it has:

* no plans to change the Integrity Commission

* no plans to change whistleblower legislation

* no plans to support online publication of the Tasmania Police Manual

* no plans to change Right To Information legislation or the Ombudsman’s discretionary powers on RTI

Tasmanian voters can access the results of the Tasmanians for Transparency candidate survey on our 12 Point Plan for Honest Government at:

http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/weblog/article/Honest-Government-not-on-the-election-agenda-for-the-Major-/show_comments

Download, read for yourself, letters from Will Hodgman, PUP, and Tas Greens:

Will_Hodgman_Response.pdf

Letter_PUP_TAS_Tas_for_Transaprency_28_February_2014.pdf

Tas_Greens_Response_to_12_Point_Plan_for_Honest_Government_28Feb2014.pdf

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34 Comments

34 Comments

  1. Barbara Etter (Candidate for Denison)

    March 8, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Apart from a single response from a candidate, where is Labor’s response????? How can the two major parties not care about honest and accountable government and possible injustices?

    Authorised by Barbara Etter of the Palmer United Party 145 King Street Sandy Bay

  2. Simon Warriner

    March 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    re 32, its that conflict of interest issue, so well illustrated.

  3. Russell

    March 7, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Re #31
    Typical isn’t it? Have an opinion or be honest and get punished for it.

    As if more than a handful of Tasmanians haven’t or don’t use cannabis?

    Well Craig Davey, you’re in my electorate 😉

  4. John Wade

    March 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I wish he was in the Lyons electorate.
    (Posted by Russell Langfield on 07/03/14)

    Tasmanian Nationals leader and candidate for Lyons Craig Davey said the party “condemned” the comments made by Mr Dorsey regarding the legalisation of cannabis and said it was something the party was “totally opposed” to.

    He said with regard to the other issues the party had a conscience vote policy and said any elected members of the Tasmanian Nationals would be allowed to vote on them if a bill was put forward.

    Mr Davey said he had been inundated with calls from concerned party members since the story was published and said it was likely “internal action” would be taken against Mr Dorsey.

  5. Russell

    March 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Re #28
    That’s extraordinary coming from a National Party candidate! Are they allowed to think for themselves? Obviously so. And he’s open and honest about it. That’s a new thing in Tasmanian politics. Maybe there is change in the wind?

    Legalising the Hemp Industry in Tasmania, as apart from its THC cannabis relatives, would be a positive boost to our economy on its own.

    I don’t think any reasonable person could argue with Ken Dorsey regarding his suggestion to legalise cannabis either, especially when alcohol is legal and so much more socially and physically destructive.

    It amazes me that Australians glorify heavy drinkers despite the violence and family breakdowns that follow, yet they poo-poo cannabis smokers who are more likely to sit quietly and listen to their favourite music as a result.

    Can anyone point out any anti-social or violent criminal activity linked solely with the use of cannabis only? I doubt it. The negative and costly statistics fall heavily on alcohol, and we all know and see it regularly.

    Instead of saying “we won’t change anything if we win” like the LibLabs, Mr. Dorsey at least puts forward suggestions which are new and can have a definite positive effect on our economy without hurting anyone or the environment.

    I wish he was in the Lyons electorate.

  6. Geraldine Allan

    March 6, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    #26 David.
    I have sent a message to ABC Mornings which reads: –
    “I am a regular listener to ABC Mornings.

    The election forum discussions hold my concentrated interest, as it does numerous listeners.

    My question today is: does the programme intend to have a forum, related to the Justice / Corruption issues including but not limited to the lack of honesty and transparency, in government?

    Hopefully that is on the agenda as it is a substantial issue, not yet to my view, receiving noticeable attention / discussion across the candidates.

    Thus, inviting relevant candidates across all parties to participate / discuss would at least highlight the significance or lack thereof, of this matter in Tasmanian governance.

    Maybe, it is on your next week’s agenda and I am jumping the gun?

    Comment #26
    http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/weblog/comments/liberals-score-zero-on-honest-government-plan/
    — Has prompted me to make this contact.

    I’ll be listening, and I appreciate the efforts to date.

    Geraldine Allan”

    Thus, looking forward to hearing something rather than nothing next week.

  7. John Wade

    March 6, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Tasmania could grow its economy by legalising cannabis, same-sex marriage and voluntary euthanasia, according to Tasmanian Nationals Braddon candidate Ken Dorsey.

    This could bring tourism to the state and give it a point of difference to other destinations, he said.

    The state should research whether these measures would be viable, he said.

    “Tasmania has to do something different to cutting down trees and digging holes,” Mr Dorsey said.

    “We need new industry.

    “If we don’t do something different here, we’ll continue to have a decline in wages.

    “Make the Spirit [of Tasmania] the Love Boat.”

    Tasmania’s attractions were not enough to convince many tourists to pay travel fares, he said.

    Moral issues surrounding legalising cannabis, same-sex marriage and voluntary euthanasia were less important than the business this would bring, Mr Dorsey said.

    “We all have different moral compasses.”

    Police resources could be freed from detecting and preventing petty drug-related crime if cannabis was legalised, Mr Dorsey said.

    It could boost government revenue, he said.

    “Should Mexican drug lords be the only ones getting rich on [the cannabis trade]?”

    Tasmania’s government could increase hospital beds and grow police resources using cannabis-related revenue, he said.

    “Maybe we could fix some hospitals.”
    Mr Dorsey admitted legalising cannabis could lead to an increase in its related health problems.

    “We have problems everywhere. Is it [government’s] job to maintain people’s moral standards?”

    Cannabis is legalised in the Netherlands, and last May Colorado became the first US state to legalise the drug for recreational use.

    Colorado budget numbers predicted that marijuana taxes could add more than $100 million a year to state revenue.

    Mr Dorsey admitted to smoking cannabis in his 20s.

    “I’ve never been drunk or high around my children,” he said.

    He said Tasmania could allow people to buy small quantities of the drug and use it in private.

    Policy and research officer at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council David Gardiner encouraged the Tasmanian government to consider drug law reform, including decriminalising or legalising cannabis use.

    However, he said cannabis’s health and social impact were more important to consider than economic benefits from its legalisation in considering law reform.

    http://www.theadvocate.com.au/

  8. Robin Charles Halton

    March 6, 2014 at 2:15 am

    David: The Liberals did commit tidying up the State budget which is in a mess to restoring essential services. That is a good start…. from scratch of cause if they are elected to win or dominate within the next government.

    Look, I would’nt worry too much at this point David but I am pleased that you got some decent responses with your survey.

    I am impressed with the Nationals who have appeared late on the scene, Vladmir Gala for Denison is a decent sort of bloke and so is Matt Holloway in Frankin, both would be able to distinguish between of fair and reasonable from rotten and wrong.

    My brain simulator is now telling me to forget Labor altogether in my 1-5 vote score with the Greens in 5th place bugger it.

    The way I look at this election is not to let either the Labor, Liberals and the Greens think they can take the Tasmanian people for granted.
    Severe punishment must be inflicted where necessary on at least two of those three major parties, that will be my way of protesting.

  9. David Obendorf

    March 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Geraldine, it really comes down to which political Party or candidate wants to take up the ‘Honest Government’ cudgels and go public on that issue and seek an media interview on its importance to their election campaigning.

    I have seen nothing but tacit agreement that the justice system needs reform and that nepotism and patronage are rife in the bureaucracies of Tasmania.

    But which candidate or Party will go into the last week with this issue as a campaigning policy?

    Only a week to go and the 5th seat in Denison is up for grabs!

    Labor, Greens, PUP or an Independent? You chose!

  10. Pete Godfrey

    March 5, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    #13 Mathew Holloway, I don’t know if you participated in the enquiry by the parliament into setting up the Integrity Commission. If you did you would know that parliament did not want an ICAC with teeth.
    They told me in the hearings that we did not need an ICAC here because we had no organised crime.
    Now I may have a strange way of looking at the world but Corruption to me includes a lot more than just organised crime.
    Of course they did not want an ICAC same as any calls for Royal Commissions are ignored.
    They do not want their corrupt ways of helping mates out investigated.

  11. Basil Fitch

    March 5, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    #20 David Obendorf, in reply to your question to
    me at #43 ‘Tas political leaders face off in televised debate'(4/3/14),which appears to have no recent comments on, so shall reply here.

    Which candidates would I votes 1-5? For 10 yrs I have totally opposed pulp mill in Tamar Valley. That rules out a vote for Lib/Lab.

    After 30yrs forestry conflict, I support Forestry Peace Agreement (Lib out again). I rec’d a Lib Flyer authorised by Sam McQuestion, “‘The Greens are against Everything’- it should have read Liberals, not Greens as it is them that have voted or opposed the following contentious issues
    Forestry Peace Agreement – Euthanasia – Abortion – same sex marriage – cap on election spending – no tobacco company election donations -abolishing poker machines – huge fishing trawlers – royal commission into pulp mill legislation – anti corruption commission – local govt. mergers (both Lab/Lib).

    These are just a few we’ve had in last 4 yrs of Lib. negativity. I sent a letter to 10 Lab. members for a referendum on these issues for March 15, rec’d reply, matter to be discussed in cabinet – heard nothing since. If these issues were discussed, what would they have to discuss?
    Wasting time next 4 yrs?

    For 30yrs each Premier left office, govt was broke,Robin Gray(Lib)- Michael Field (Lab) – Ray Groom (Lib) – Tony Rundle (Lib) – Paul Lennon (Lab) – David Bartlett (Lab) – Lara Giddings (Lab). Jim Bacon resigned, govt had heaps of GST money. Lennon trashed lot on forestry, Pulp
    Mill/Gunns.

    The current antics of Libs refusing to debate on ABC Leon Compton’s Talk-back programme shows their immaturity. Grow up Will! For 4 yrs Lab/Lib/Greens have discussed issues on ‘Friday Forum’, what is the difference?

    Neither current members Lab/Libs will get this State out of its current malaise. We need new members, but kick out the old first. Absolute
    insult to voters to recycle Llewellyn – Amos – Barnett – Ferguson and Peter Hodgman (in LegCo in May).

    Bob Gordon, as CEO of FT lost $500million in 6yrs.
    If any elected we will be up for resuscitators to keep them alive! ‘Brother’ Polley’s TV appearances pumping Llewellyn & Gordon, show he is suffering ‘old timers’ complaint! Rebecca White is good value in Lyons (smart girl).

    At this election I have voted 1-5 Greens, at least they are honest. I don’t trust Lib/Labs –
    too many Dumbos! Like the Senate, put in block.

    Don’t forget Thursday 13th March, anti pulp mill rally/expo, Albert Hall 6pm.

    One of the guest speakers will be Warwick Raverty (RPDC) – along with specialty organic food, fruit stalls, and wine tasting from Tamar Valley
    region. Basil

  12. Geraldine Allan

    March 5, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    #22, Duncan I agree with your stated rationale.

    My frustration / difficulty is — how to get that fundamental message to the voters, who generally are disinterested in the governance of our state?

    For copious numbers of constituents, their only concern about and participation in, elections is limited to being compelled to vote on election day, or else. Thus, certain electors vote according to the indoctrination of the pre-election advertising by the big-dollar donors. They believe what they hear and read without researching further the validity of matters as advertised. Several never form their own opinions by investigation of ‘fact or fiction’.

    And, then the entire Tasmanian community suffers the aftermath for another four years.

    Grrrrr, soooooo irksome.

  13. Duncan Mills

    March 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Dear Editor,

    We must ask. Who vulnerable are we to bribery? In our homes and in schools, we need to talk and learn about character: personal responsibility , honesty, vision, enterprise and the development of the full range of human capacities.

    We have been too vulnerable to the glib promises, innuendo, half truths, lies and bribery disguised as patronage. Example: do we remember the lavish sponsorship of our sporting clubs?

    Election promises mean nothing without integrity: Public administration is useless without our trust in its integrity; Justice is just a fantasy without it; How can political parties have integrity when beholden to campaign donors, the more they spend on their campaign the more they will pressured to betray the interests of electors. As French sociologist claimed ” The Gift” is the ulimate social artifact.

    Without sound long term values society quickly descends to the rule of greed, crony capitalism, the brutish and the bullies. Greed, that wants for now what we should leave for our children. If we elect people who practice or condone these things, social and economic decay is inevitable. Considering recent Gunns and forest industry bankruptcies, were not these the underlying causes?

    Voting in this election.: Are our candidates, willing and capable of acting for integrity in this Tasmanian election? Choose carefully!

    Yours faithfully . Duncan Mills , Social Ecologist, Cygnet.

  14. Geraldine Allan

    March 5, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Further to my #19 post, I felt reassured to hear Anthony McLellan (http://www.amcmedia.com.au/page4.htm) opine similarly on ABC Morning program today. He used the words “stupid”, and “short-sighted”. He is far more media-savvy than me.

    Unsurprisingly, the Liberal Party approach of ‘we will only participate if …’ has now become a topical issue. As Anthony McL. pointed out, it is detracting from the real and what voters consider more important, issues.

    Yep, there is no other appraisal for it — a stupid decision! That’s confidence in ‘we will be elected anyway’ attitude, exemplified.

  15. David Obendorf

    March 4, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    The Greens Party believe they can pick up the fifth seat in [b]Denison[/b] that Labor is likely to lose.

    With 2 Liberal, 1 Green and 1 Labor seats inevitable – the fifth seat could be up for grabs and go to a progressive Labor, Independent or PUP candidate.

    I’d like to see the Denison candidates take up the Honest Government Plan in the media.

    Three Independents – Marti Zucco, Michael Swanton and Lucas Noyes; one Green – Penelope Ann; one Tas Nationals – Vlad Gala and one Labor – Madeleine Oglivie responded to the T4T candidate survey.

    Please take this issue seriously, the fifth seat in Denison hasn’t got a pollie-bum on that seat yet.

  16. Geraldine Allan

    March 4, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    #15: The Subversive Voter,
    I agree that the Liberal Party response reveals an apparent stupid, ignorant, and /or arrogant, attitude. Witnessing the contemptuous Will Hodgman / Tasmanian Liberal Party arrogance doesn’t end with this TfT survey re ‘honesty and transparency’ in government.

    Additionally and worse still in my view, the blatant display of overconfidence and disdain in refusing to participate in Leon Compton’s most informative ABC Mornings’ forum-style radio programs this week — with several thousands of daily listeners, unless … it is on Liberal Party terms (produce the show on our terms or no-show), exemplifies what you aptly term, “a ‘Hodgman’ sense of entitlement”.

    Is this action “authorised by Sam McQuestin for the Liberal Party, Hobart”, too? If so, what on earth are they thinking? Truly, I am gob-smacked, as are numerous sections of the community. Out-and-out haughtiness!

    It is stupidity personified that further highlights the significance of what you say appears as an urgent need for Will Hodgman to remove “his head out of his arse” (using your most fitting colloquialism). Unquestionably, this attitude is weighty encouragement to any Liberal Party supporters to quickly change tack and become subversive voters swaying from any persuasion to support attitudes as exemplified in these instances.

  17. Russell

    March 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Re #17
    Yes, and that’s what the idiots Lara Giddings and Will Hodgman claim too.

  18. TGC

    March 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    #11 Not a Robinson Crusoe– I speak from some experience.

  19. TGC

    March 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    #13 Because there is a view- clearly erxpressed on TT- that pretty well everything in Tasmania is ‘corrupt’- see the car stickers- politics and its constituents, the judiciary, business, it’s going to be difficult setting up a “truly Independent Commission Against Corruption” which includes a Tasmanian- doubts would always remain.
    So it will be necessary to go interstate/overseas to find the numbers.
    You can’t make it in Tasmania.

  20. The Subversive Voter

    March 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    With less than two weeks to go to the election, we expect some hard core politicking, and the PUP and the Greens have delivered suitably positive responses to the Tasmanians for Transparency 12-Point Plan – when a seat in parliament is up for grabs, who doesn’t want to look like they support ‘honesty and transparency’ in government?

    Will Hodgman, that’s who. Alarmingly, the Liberal leader is making NO concessions to calls for change in Tasmanian politics – he sees no need to challenge the status quo.

    I’m not sure whether it’s stupidity, or ignorance, or arrogance, or a ‘Hodgman’ sense of entitlement, but young Will needs to get his head out of his arse sooner rather than later, or that sand his head is buried in will be setting up an almighty itch in his rectum!

  21. Barbara Etter (Candidate for Denison)

    March 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

    PUP is strongly promoting honest and accountable government in Tasmania. Essential to this is a fiercely independent and effective Anti-Corruption Authority with appropriate powers, balanced with clear checks and safeguards. Any model clearly must afford natural justice/procedural fairness and protect informants, whistleblowers and witnesses. The community must have confidence in the integrity of its politicians, public servants and other public authority personnel. Investors will also be deterred by perceptions of cronyism, nepotism and patronage. We sorely need a transparent, open and accountable Tasmania.

    Comment authorized by Barbara Etter of PUP 145 King Street Sandy Bay

  22. Matthew Holloway (Candidate for Franklin)

    March 4, 2014 at 3:12 am

    In response to #4 TV Resident, It would be more correct to say that all of the ‘current’ parties are not offering a change to the current ‘corrupt’ system.

    There are new parties registered to stand in this state election. Given that the publication of the results of the TfT survey stated that 3 Nationals candidates backed the TfT plan 100%, I would hope that voters would be looking to Independents and other political parties to offer a change to the Graborials and the cronyism and nepotism which has strangled this state and destroyed public confidence.

    The question of why the status quo parties want to maintain the status quo and refuse to back a genuine change to the hopeless integrity commission is a worthy question to ask and also makes one question what they have to hide?

    Given that Barbara Etter criticised the integrity commissions investigative and enforcement powers and now the current CEO of the TIC, Diane Merryful has stated that the current powers prevent the commission from assessing the extent of public sector corruption, the question must be asked what do the current parties have to hide in refusing to back change?

    I am standing in this election for the seat of Franklin and I have long been an advocate of replacing the TIC with a truly Independent Commission Against Corruption.

  23. Karl Stevens

    March 4, 2014 at 12:15 am

    TGC 8. Your right Trevor, TfT must be some tiny group of malcontents who think that voting is different to playing lotto. You and I know they are wrong don’t we? I’m all for giving a couple of voters a million dollar cash bonanza if they pick the winning ticket. Then it would not just be the elected candidates that hear the cash registers ringing. What do you think Trev?

  24. Simon Warriner

    March 3, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    for the likes of the idiot that wrote #8, my partner just came back from visiting a neighbour who has been through hell over the last few years and told my partner today that she just wants to die. She is barely 50 years old.

    This woman, who would once have outworked any Hodgeperson with one hand tied behind her back, is now a shattered shell, unable to walk unsupported, living between her chair and her bed, waiting to die, and all because some doctor prescribed the wrong sort of insulin, caused several diabetic comas, including one that saw the poor woman nearly die, and suffer the effects of oxygen deprivation.

    This is but one of the many, many tumors running rampant in this state that Master Hodgman and his tribe of mendacious morons have just very pointedly dismissed in their quest for power.

  25. Russell

    March 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Hodgman does himself absolutely no favours by answering the way he did. He’s probably being honest, but where does that leave voters who were looking for some leadership for a change?

    Basically Hodgman says “nothing’s going to change if we get in, except the faces.”

    He hasn’t got a clue what to do if he does win.

    This really gives the Greens, new Parties and Independents a chance to increase their vote substantially. I mean, who wants things to stay exactly the same as they are, and keep travelling in the same downward (or backward) direction we’re heading?

    Tassie is stuffed without a Royal Commission.

    Re #8
    Can you read TGC, or is the comprehension a tad difficult? TfT isn’t a political Party.

  26. john hayward

    March 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    #8 is on the money. The electorate should be neither seen nor heard while the public cake is being carved up.

    John Hayward

  27. TGC

    March 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Is this an error on the part of the Electoral Commission? I can’t find Tasmanians for Transparency in the Party/Candidates lists for the State Election.
    Was this corporation unable to get itself sufficiently well organised in order to run candidates? Was that never intended just in case “no-one turns up’? Does Tasmanians for Transparency prefer to see itself under some nouveau democracy?

  28. max

    March 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Honestly what do you people expect. Would you have an independent anti corruption commission that you couldn’t control the investigation of. If it was a murder inquiry they would all have blood on their hands or at least be people of interest. If it was a revolution they would all be in a cart heading to the guillotine or shaking in their boots waiting for the cart. Be fair,they are not elected by the people, they are elected by their sponsors, the ones who supply the money to brain wash the gullible electorate. They can lie and cheat the public but without their sponsors they are nothing and they know it.

  29. john hayward

    March 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    So now that Will has found the Tas Govt to be impeccable on all matters of integrity and transparency, could the reform money saved be expended on the delivering of restoring essential grammar?

    John Hayward

  30. Karl Stevens

    March 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks to David Obendorf and TfT for putting-in the hard yards on this survey. Looks like they shouldn’t expect change anytime soon. Have they considered embracing ‘chaos theory’ or ‘legal anarchy’ as alternatives? Hodgmans reply was too smug to be taken seriously. Has anyone else noticed Peter Gutein has real ‘dictator’ qualities?
    I’m backing Peter Gutwein for a ‘bloodless’ Liberal Party coup after the election. Hodgman … got flogged in his chosen sport last week. Gutwein would have floored that radio announcer with one hand tied behind his back.

  31. TV Resident

    March 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    So in other words there will be no change to the current ‘corrupt’ system here in Tassie under any of the parties. Are they all running scared if there is a change in the powers for the currently useless Integrity Commission??? We have to wonder why no one appears to want changes in the powers of this ‘waste of money Commission’, which can’t and won’t follow through with investigations into complaints.

  32. John Hawkins

    March 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Hodgman and his replies epitomise the man and his party:

    “No plans” Three times
    “No case” twice
    “No faith” once
    “Not applicable” twice
    “No” twice.

    Not bad answering 12 Questions with ten negatives.

    Conclusion:

    Hodgman is a, no plans, no faith, no case, not applicable leader in Tasmania who will probably take us absolutely no where.

  33. John Biggs

    March 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Well done David and T4T. The Liberals’ response is damning if surprising for its honesty. How can this be publicised to reach general public?

  34. David Obendorf

    March 3, 2014 at 10:39 am

    For the record: our 12-Point Honest Government plan was launched earlier this year before the State election was called. It was always a template model to engage decision-makers in a debate about the systemic problems with Tasmania’s goverance and the consequent cost of allowing the current inertia to go unchallenged.

    [i]Tasmanians for Transparency[/i] ran a community forum on 15 February which was advertised in an article on Tasmanian Times.

    We subsequently developed a candidate survey and sent it out to nearly 100s candidate for which we had direct email addresses; 13 candidates replied by 28 Feburary. The on-line survey style allowed [i]each[/i] candidate to have their own say – unfettered by party loyality before an election. Those who wished to offer alternatives to each of our 12 points could detail them, as several responder-candidates did.

    Apart from Madeleine Oglivie, none of Labors’ 25 candidates responded. No Liberal candidates responded. One Greens candidate Penelope Ann responded as a candidate to our survey.

    Two Palmer United Party candidates responded – Michael Figg and Chris Dobson.

    Letters on behalf of the Tasmanian Greens [Nick McKim], the Liberals [Will Hodgman] and the Palmer United Party [Barbara Etter] were received as consensus positions for their party candidates [see above].

    Honest Government should be front & centre of this 2014 State election but it appears [i]’Corruption'[/i] is a word that our politicians dare not speak its name.

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