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June 20th, 2016
05:36 pm

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pre-poll voting
So, did a pre-poll vote for the first time ever today.

I recommend this. The polling station is fully set up, so everything is available, (frex if you need to vote for a different electorate this isn't a problem) and fully staffed - the only things missing are the crowds, and that there aren't as many party members handing out flyers.

I was repeatedly asked two questions - "Are you entitled to make a pre-poll vote?" and "Have you previously voted in this election?" Other than that waved though, and was served within a minute.

The most likely reasons to need to pre-poll when you haven't in the past are becuase you'll be travelling, or working. Definitely worth arranging to be doing one or the other!

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Candidates for the 2016 Federal election ACT Senate Seats
Again, wiki has a page, but only the sitting Senators have links:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candidates_of_the_Australian_federal_election,_2016#Australian_Capital_Territory_2

Labor
Katy Gallagher
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katy_Gallagher
https://www.facebook.com/SenKatyG/?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/SenKatyG
www.katygallagher.net/

David Smith
https://www.facebook.com/David-Smith-Labor-Senate-Candidate-for-the-ACT-1608943432699292/
https://www.laborherald.com.au/author/fb-davidsmith/

Liberal
Zed Seselja
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zed_Seselja
https://www.facebook.com/zed.seselja/?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/ZedSeselja?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
http://www.zedseselja.com.au/

Jane Hiatt
https://www.liberal.org.au/member/jane-hiatt
https://www.facebook.com/jane.hiatt2

Greens
http://the-riotact.com/ex-un-adviser-takes-on-seselja/156703
Christina Hobbs
https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaHobbsACT/?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/Christina_ACT
http://greens.org.au/act/christina-hobbs

Sue Wareham
http://www.actgreens.org.au/sue_wareham
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009768073204

Animal Justice Party
Deborah Field
https://www.facebook.com/DebField.AJP/

Jessica Montagne
https://www.facebook.com/jess.montagne.5
MONTAGNE, Jessica veterinary nurse who runs Curtin Cat Care http://www.curtincatcare.com, http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jessica-montagne/6b/365/46

Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile)
David Kim
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/christian-democratic-partys-david-kim-plans-act-senate-tilt-20160320-gnmwjl.html
https://www.christiandemocraticparty.com.au/media-releases/federal-senate-candidate-for-act-endorsed-cdp-media-statement/
https://www.facebook.com/Actcdp/?fref=photo

Elizabeth Tadros ??

Liberal Democrats
http://ldp.org.au/candidates-2016
https://www.facebook.com/Liberal-Democratic-Party-ACT-Branch-883070701777000/
Matt Donnelly and Cawley Hennings
https://www.facebook.com/cawley.hennings

Rise Up Australia
Sandie O'Connor
https://www.facebook.com/sandie.oconnor
http://riseupaustraliaparty.com/11-sandie-oconnor/

Jess Wyatt ??

Secular Party
https://www.secular.org.au/candidates-for-the-2016-election/ (website does not include the ACT candidates!)
David Edwards
https://www.facebook.com/David-Edwards-for-the-senate-ACT-539435392924159/
Denis Mihaljevic ??

Sex Party
http://www.sexparty.org.au/candidates-2016/260-act-candidates-2016

BAILEY, Steven -https://www.facebook.com/steven.bailey.7902?fref=ts

was running for Katter last election:
http://www.kattersaustralianparty.com.au/our-people/steven-bailey, https://twitter.com/Stevenbaileyy http://the-riotact.com/steven-bailey-running-in-canberra-for-the-mad-katter/94241
Grilled by the RiotACT: http://the-riotact.com/election-13-candidate-questionnaire-steven-bailey-for-the-senate/112933. Composer and theatre director who was nearly booted from the party for supporting gay marriage: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/katter-spares-progay-candidate-20130208-2e33f.html

Robbie Swan co-founder of the party, ran in Tassie last election.

Sustainable Australia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_Australia
http://www.votesustainable.org.au/candidates_2016
John Haydon http://www.votesustainable.org.au/john_haydon_video
Martin Tye http://www.votesustainable.org.au/martinrev21

Flux Voteflux.org https://www.facebook.com/voteflux.org/?fref=ts
A good choice when you run out of candidates you actually like; ideal if you don't like any of them.

Michael Hay https://voteflux.org/candidates/mick-hay/

Mature Australia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mature_Australia_Party
Anthony Hanson https://themap.org.au/?staff=anthony-hanson

As always, if you find something I've missed, comment and I'll add it.

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June 19th, 2016
10:55 pm

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Candidates for the 2016 Federal election Seat of Fenner (was Fraser)
This gets easier every election! Wiki has a page dedicated to all of the candidates here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candidates_of_the_Australian_federal_election,_2016
Only the sitting parliamentarians have wiki entries though.

The SMH and the Age are copying pages from the Canberra Times for each of candidates in the ACT http://www.smh.com.au/act-news/election-2016-federal-candidates-for-seats-of-canberra-and-fenner-20160526-gp4ihj.html


Frankly, just reading those pages will be more helpful than most of the stuff I have here; however they don't cover either the Bullet Train (http://bullettrainforaustralia.com.au/) or our one independent (https://andrewwoodman.com/)

More details for all candidates:
Andrew Leigh for Labor -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Leigh
His website is here: http://www.andrewleigh.com/. You can sign up there to receive regular emails from him (average is about one a day, sometimes coming in batches of 4 or more). These include links to programs (frex Sky News) where he and a Liberal politician have been invited to discuss a topic. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALeighMP and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Leigh-MP/129819533748295?ref=ts&fref=ts
As a sitting member, his speeches in Parliament are available at http://www.openaustralia.org/mp/andrew_leigh/fraser.
RIOTAct interview: http://the-riotact.com/election-13-candidate-questionnaire-andrew-leigh-australian-labor-party-for-fraser/113490

Robert Gunning for the Liberals
dull web page here: https://www.liberal.org.au/member/robert-gunning but allows sign up for news.
more interesting page by the SMH here: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/election-2016-meet-robert-gunning-liberal-candidate-for-fenner-20160526-gp4q3t.html
his resignation from the bulk carriers group here: http://www.fullyloaded.com.au/industry-news/1605/lbca-loses-gunning-to-politics-as-election-looms/
On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robert.gunning.14?fref=ts

Carly Saeedi for the Greens
dull web page here (for all Greens candidates): http://www.actgreens.org.au/federal_candidates_2016
more usefully, facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=carly%20saeedi%20for%20fenner
twitter: https://twitter.com/carlysaeedi
more interesting page at the Age here: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/election-2016-meet-carly-saeedi-greens-candidate-for-fenner-20160526-gp4nq5.html

Tim Bohm for the Bullet Train

wepage: http://bullettrainforaustralia.com.au/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BulletTrainforCanberra
twitter for the local govt branch: https://twitter.com/search?q=tim%20bohm&src=typd

Andrew Woodman, Independent
Website here: https://andrewwoodman.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.woodman.790
twitter: https://twitter.com/awoodman27

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October 10th, 2015
01:23 pm

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sorting cubic metres of comics....
Eric's comic collection is 'large'. As in, filling multiple wardrobes, bookcases and walls large. It is also mostly unsorted, making it somewhat pointless, as he can't find anything.

So: who would be interested in a 'comic reading/sorting day', coming along and reading his comics? Read them in order, and they'll self sort.

I've a so-so record for organising things, so at this point I'm just putting the idea out to see who is interested, and anyone who wants to force a date that will suit them is welcome to do so: on the understanding that they have to bully other people into turning up.

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January 27th, 2014
10:02 pm

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Racing to the East Pole
Stumbled across an interesting concept while reading up on snowball earths: Quadrupole magnets.

Could a Spark have "improved" the planet's magnetic field? Resulting in two extra poles, labelled 'east' and 'west' for convenience? (although they'd either both be 'south' with the normal poles 'north', or visa versa).

Does anyone have sufficient understanding of electromagnetics to be able to explain what this would do to a planet?

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September 24th, 2013
03:32 pm

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Eric abroad! Part III
Eric's adventure in the UK continue, and we have a new missive. I"ll add his dispatches to my LJ as they arrive:Collapse )

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September 11th, 2013
11:58 am

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Eric abroad! Part II
Eric's adventure in the UK continue, and we have a new missive. I"ll add his dispatches to my LJ as they arrive:Collapse )

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September 2nd, 2013
03:41 pm

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Eric abroad!
Eric has arrived safely in the UK, and sent a missive. I"ll add his dispatches to my LJ as they arrive:Collapse )

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August 25th, 2013
02:38 pm

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[politics] Candidates for the seat of Fraser
[EDIT} Election results and some candidate info here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2013/guide/fras/
ABC questioned all of our candidates: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-20/candidates-for-fraser/4896628
all bar Palmer United interviewed by Ross Solly:
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/09/02/3838798.htm?site=canberra
(those two links are probably more useful than the rest of this post! Seriously, don't bother with the rest of this post unless you check them).
2CN interviewed the candidates they could here: http://www.andrewleigh.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2CN-Breakfast-23.8.13-leigh.mp3
And Profile of Fraser:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2013/guide/fras/?pfm=ms

Quotes from their blurbs are in italics. In the order candidates will appear on the ballot sheet:

The Democrats are running in the House instead of the Senate this year (money issues?). As usual, we have Darren Churchill. He "is the party’s National President and has stood as a candidate for the ACT Legislative Assembly and for the Senate in 2010. Darren has lived most of his life in the Canberra region. He has worked as a secondary teacher, in the music industry as a casual relief teacher and occasional fitness instructor and as a consultant. Darren’s main policy interests are sustainability, drug law reform, food security, energy security and a sustainable population for the ACT and Australia, as well as policies that give ordinary people a “fair go.”" Web: http://darrenchurchill.com/, FB: http://www.facebook.com/CHURCHILL.for.Fraser twitter: https://twitter.com/DarrenChurchill
here is his RIOTAct interview http://the-riotact.com/darren-churchill-democrats-for-the-house-of-reps-fraser-candidate-questionnaire-election-%E2%80%9913/114336

The Liberals have Elizabeth Lee - and she's having fun campaigning as 'the other Lee'.
Having migrated to Australia from South Korea in 1986, Elizabeth grew up in western Sydney before moving to Canberra in 1998 to study Law and Asian Studies (Japanese) at the Australian National University. After graduating, Elizabeth practiced as a lawyer in both the government and private sectors. She is now a law lecturer at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.
Elizabeth loves Canberra and has been involved with various community and professional organisations in the ACT, including chairing the ACT Young Lawyers Committee and Australian Young Lawyers Committee, and serving as a Councillor of the ACT Law Society.
Elizabeth teaches group fitness classes at gyms and other locations across Fraser.


She is on twitter (https://twitter.com/s_elizabeth_lee) and her campaign is on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethLeeforFraser . She was a candidate for Molonglo in the 2012 local election, and the Canberra Times did a short piece on her: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/family-the-key-to-liberals-aspirations-20121007-277n6.html The Libs have finally got around to putting a bio for her on their websites: http://www.liberal.org.au/member/elizabeth-lee and http://www.canberraliberals.org.au/OUR-PEOPLE/OUR-PEOPLE/OUR-PEOPLE.asp (different websites, but identical info). An excellent source for learning about her is on zoominfo: http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=888263793&targetid=profile

Labor has sitting member Andrew Leigh. (http://www.actlabor.org.au/people/andrew-leigh-mp)
His website is here: http://www.andrewleigh.com/. You can sign up there to receive regular emails from him (average is about one a day, sometimes coming in batches of 4 or more). These include links to programs (frex Sky News) where he and a Liberal politician have been invited to discuss a topic. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALeighMP and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Leigh-MP/129819533748295?ref=ts&fref=ts
As a sitting member, his speeches in Parliament are available at http://www.openaustralia.org/mp/andrew_leigh/fraser.
RIOTAct interview: http://the-riotact.com/election-13-candidate-questionnaire-andrew-leigh-australian-labor-party-for-fraser/113490
Prior to being elected in 2010 as the federal member for Fraser, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University.

Andrew has written extensively on a range of subjects, including education, taxation and social policy. He also writes fortnightly for the Australian Financial Review.

Andrew holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. He has previously worked as a lawyer (including a stint as associate to former High Court Justice Michael Kirby), and as a principal adviser to the Australian Treasury.


Elizabeth and Andrew were questioned by the Canberra Times: http://m.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/its-lee-versus-leigh-in-fraser-20130823-2shj9.html

Palmer United Party are running Freddy Alcazar Rodriguez http://palmerunited.com/staff/freddy-alcazar/
with over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, Freddy enjoys volunteering his time in his community and is a founding member of a church group that helps fundraise for people in need, both in Australia and in Chile.
“I have a hereditary sense of equality principals and that will be my inspiration and ongoing motto while representing the party, whether campaigning for my own seat or supporting other members and our Federal leader.


Rise Up Australia Party have Jill Ross, wife of their primary Senate candidate. "I've lived in the electorate of Fraser for 35 years. I have a deep interest in what goes on in this area and I think it is time to stand up and say some politically incorrect things that need to be said about what's going on in the region of Canberra." and "Over the last 34 years Jill, alongside her husband, has been involved in many community activities both in Australia and abroad. These have included working as a volunteer in Boys’ Brigade; charity fund-raising activities for overseas countries; at a men’s refuge; and mission/building work in Russia for the last 17 years and in the Philippines, as well as some missionary work in China.

Bullet Train For Australia have electrician Sam Huggins "A vote for me in the seat of Fraser is a vote for a train and all the other benefits that come with the construction process. It's going to be the biggest infrastructure project in Australia."
RIOTACt interview: http://the-riotact.com/sam-huggins-bullet-train-for-fraser-candidate-questionnaire-election-%E2%80%9913/113629


The Greens (http://act.greens.org.au/people/adam-verwey) are running Adam Verwey. He's on Twitter https://twitter.com/AdamVerwey and has a campaign on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/AdamVerweyForFraser Can learn more on LinkedIn: http://au.linkedin.com/pub/adam-verwey/13/689/776 or zoominfo: http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=996491496&targetid=profile
Current RIOTAct intreview: http://the-riotact.com/chris-bucknell-bullet-train-for-senate-candidate-questionnaire-election-%E2%80%9913/114258
He ran as an independent for Ginninderra in the 2008 local election; here is his RIOTAct interview (http://the-riotact.com/election08-candidate-questionaire-adam-verwey-independent-for-ginninderra) and Sims challenge (http://the-riotact.com/adam-verwey-in-the-riotact-sim-challenge/8635)
Adam has lived in Canberra since arriving to study at the University of Canberra in 2001. While studying at the University of Canberra Adam became involved in student advocacy and was elected as the President of the UC Students’ Association. For the last 8 years Adam has worked for Australian Ethical Investment where he is the Business Relationships Manager. Adam volunteers for a group called Co-operation in Development.

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August 24th, 2013
05:32 pm

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[politics] Senate Candidates for the Federal Election in the ACT
[EDIT] Results here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2013/results/senate/act/


Once again, time to provide info on all of the different candidates! I'd like to spruik "Virgin Voters" on facebook as a great place to get info on parties - they made my life much easier this election. Wiki also has http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_Australia.
If you have more info, please add!


ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY http://www.animaljusticeparty.org/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Animal-Justice-Party/200822766626332?fref=ts

Priorities for 2013 are: Ending the live trade in animals; Ending factory farming; Ending culls of native animals, including in particular the kangaroo; and Closing puppy mills.
Have raised eyebrows due to opposing culls and preferencing the Libs ahead of the Greens. Apparently this is because of Shane Rattenbury supporting the kangaroo cull.
Candidates are:
FILLINGER, Marcus ex-army marksman/photographer. Director of animal rescue organisation Alphadog AnimalArmy (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alphadog/133822506120) http://au.linkedin.com/pub/marcus-fillinger/6b/58a/b27
MONTAGNE, Jessica veterinary nurse who runs Curtin Cat Care http://www.curtincatcare.com, http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jessica-montagne/6b/365/46 no real online presence.

KATTER’S AUSTRALIAN PARTY http://www.kattersaustralianparty.com.au/ & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katter%27s_Australian_Party#Policies - opposed to privitization, pro Buy Australian, and force govt to buy Australian products. Policies on Aborigines interesting - wants them to have full title over native land so they can develop if desired.

BAILEY, Steven - http://www.kattersaustralianparty.com.au/our-people/steven-bailey, https://twitter.com/Stevenbaileyy http://the-riotact.com/steven-bailey-running-in-canberra-for-the-mad-katter/94241
Grilled by the RiotACT: http://the-riotact.com/election-13-candidate-questionnaire-steven-bailey-for-the-senate/112933. Composer and theatre director who was nearly booted from the party for supporting gay marriage: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/katter-spares-progay-candidate-20130208-2e33f.html Mr Bailey says he will be focusing on public service jobs and saving the ANU School of Music.

ARNOLD, Joe Cipher. The KAP website thinks he's running in the House, and his name redirects to Steven Bailey. Gives his occupation as Student/Sessional Tutor, but no contact details (even on the aec!)

AUSTRALIAN GREENS http://candidates.greens.org.au/act
Have to point out that to take the 2nd senate seat, the Greens will need to poach at least 100 long term Liberal voters. How many Green policies are designed to attract Liberal voters? Until they come to terms with that, they aren't going to get in.
SHEIKH, Simon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Sheikh National Director of GetUp! from 2008 to 2012, ex-Labor member who always seems to be in a controversy (frex http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/wife-faces-conflict-inquiry-as-simon-sheikh-takes-greens-pitch-to-heart-of-anu/story-e6frgcjx-1226634243996). https://twitter.com/SimonSheikh, http://www.facebook.com/simonsheikhcanberra
RIOTAct interview: http://the-riotact.com/simon-sheikh-greens-for-the-senate-candidate-questionnaire-election-%E2%80%9913/113885
ESGUERRA, Indra my personal favourite Green, was their candidate for seat of Fraser in 2010 and for Ginninderra last year. Co-owner of the Mooble retail store in Bailey's Corner, and a political advisor for the Greens in the ACT Legislative Assembly. Has previously worked with The Wilderness Society, the ACT Conservation Council and Community Radio 2XX. http://www.facebook.com/indra.esguerra Apparently, Indra turns up to events on bike, which is a nice touch for a Green.

STABLE POPULATION PARTY http: wiki is better than their site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Stable_Population_Party
Want to limit child benefits to the 1st two children of each mother, and have immigration reduced to equal emigration.
On their candidate page, ACT is near the bottom: http://www.populationparty.org.au/Population-Party-Election-Candidates

O'CONNOR, Mark Poet and author of "This Tired Brown Land"(Introduced by Tim Flannery), and "Overloading Australia" (launched by Bob Carr), http://www.australianpoet.com/index.html. The only reviews I've found have been on sites that already espouse the cause, so can't comment on the books. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-OConnor-poet/132945946743164

GRAHAM, Greg Computer Technician born and raised in PNG(so, immigrant). Strangely, no internet presence that I can find.


BULLET TRAIN FOR AUSTRALIA http://bullettrainforaustralia.com.au/ however FB is more up to date: http://www.facebook.com/BulletTrainforCanberra

"The Bullet Train for Australia Party has no official position on any other policy areas apart from High-Speed-Rail (HSR), Bullet Trains, Very Fast Trains, Fast-rail and related topics." You want something else? Bribe them with a train. Stage 1 of the plan is the Melbourne-Canberra-Sydney link. They're basically fed up with report after report recommending the high speed rail link and governments dragging their feet due to the cost.


BUCKNELL, Chris Works as a Receptionist at 2B Advertising: this firm is the driving force behind the party. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Bucknell-Bullet-for-Train-Australia/536040146445910 Highyl amusing RIOTAct questionnaire: http://the-riotact.com/chris-bucknell-bullet-train-for-senate-candidate-questionnaire-election-%E2%80%9913/114258

LEMMEY, Michael James has answered (sort of) the RIOTAct questionnaire: http://the-riotact.com/michael-lemmy-bullet-train-for-senate-candidate-questionnaire-election-13/113622

DRUG LAW REFORM http://www.druglawreform.com.au/act_senate_candidates
Legalise drugs. Founded by Greg Chipp, a former heroin addict who is the son of Australian Democrats founder the late Don Chipp. No indication which drugs, probably all. Have a petition here (http://www.druglawreform.com.au/petition) for a Royal Commission enquiry into: The health, social and economic costs associated with the criminalisation of recreational drug use including costs associated with organized crime, terrorism and corruption.

CUBITT, Paul is a correctional officer, which made my prejudices take a hit! Answered the RIOTact questions: http://the-riotact.com/election-13-candidate-questionnaire-paul-cubitt-drug-law-reform-party-for-the-senate/113219 Snurched from wiki: As of February 2013, Paul Cubitt, a former correctional officer who was originally based at Long Bay prison in New South Wales, Australia, is the President of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Australia. Cubitt has revealed that successive employment positions within the Australian correctional and justice system, including a period at the Alexander Maconochie correctional centre in Canberra, Australia, and a vocational course led him to an understanding of "the harm that society is doing to people who are afflicted by drug abuse". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illicit_drug_use_in_Australia#Law_Enforcement_Against_Prohibition_.28LEAP.29_Australia) http://www.facebook.com/paul.cubitt.

DOWSON, Stacey Sydney Lawyer who specializes in defending people charged with drug possession. Believes that current drug laws disproportionately impact on the gay and lesbian community. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/stacey-dowson/9/ba3/285 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dowson-Turco-Lawyers/207759345949135

SEX PARTY http://www.sexparty.org.au/policies.html https://www.facebook.com/pages/ACT-Senate-Candidates-Australian-Sex-Party/1408761762668999
Policies: Regulate and tax marijuana/decriminalise personal drug use, Legalise voluntary euthanasia, End religious exemptions from tax, Oppose the mandatory retention of all Australian users’ internet browsing history and emails, National uniform censorship abortion & anti-discrimination laws.

AVERY, Deborah Owner of The Pleasure Box (http://pleasurebox.com.au/about-us.html, supplier of sex toys. [EDIT] Feedback is: poor quality service). http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=19987670 http://www.facebook.com/debnwill RIOTAct: http://the-riotact.com/election-%E2%80%9913-candidate-questionnaire-%E2%80%93-deborah-avery-for-the-senate/113089

MILLER, Jamie or possibly Jaimie Miller. No info available.

RISE UP AUSTRALIA PARTY Founded by Daniel Nalliah: Tamil refugee, young earth creationist, president of Catch the Fire Ministries, booted from Family First after Barnaby Joyce condemned doing deals with a party with Nalliah in it. Has though done OZ the signal favour of getting the Supreme Court to strike down the religious vilification laws in Victoria, and is running on a platform of ending political correctness.
[EDIT]: Now have info: http://riseupaustraliaparty.com/?page_id=2208

ROSS, Irwin Irwin has been involved in many community activities; has volunteered in a men’s shelter; was a leader of a Christian boys’ club and has undertaken voluntary mission/building work in Russia and the Philippines. Cabinet Maker by trade. His wife is their candidate for the seat of Fraser.
RIOTAct interview: http://the-riotact.com/irwin-ross-rise-up-party-for-the-senate-candidate-questionnaire-election-%E2%80%9913/113848

HENRIQUEZ, Jose His parents left Nicaragua to escape from communism so that the family could have a better way of life... Jose has been heavily involved in the work of Compassion Australia, a national organisation that focuses on releasing children from poverty all around the world. He personally sponsors nine children overseas and would love to sponsor many more...Jose came to the ACT in 2001 to work for the Australian Capital Territory Planning & Land Authority (ACTPLA) as a Development Assessment Officer. In 2004, he started his own architectural and town planning business, helping the development industry and Canberra residents to obtain approval for their development proposals. While running his own business, Jose was part of a consortium of planners and architects who put forward a proposal for a sustainable transport system – a monorail – for the ACT. In 2009, he was offered a higher position back in government to work for the Territory & Municipal Services (TAMS) as the Development Application Coordinator.

VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA PARTY http://vep.org.au/ https://www.facebook.com/VoluntaryEuthanasiaParty

NITSCHKE, Philip Yes, Dr Death himself is running. If you don't know who he is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Nitschke

MACDOUGALL, Susan Retired UC academic/ ANU librarian. Joined Exit International in 2003 after acquiring an autoimmune disease. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/susan-macdougall/38/9b8/80a RIOTAct questions: http://the-riotact.com/election-%E2%80%9913-candidate-questionnaire-%E2%80%93-susan-macdougall/113097


PALMER UNITED PARTY http://palmerunited.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmer_United_Party
anti-Mining Tax, pro-Refugee, anti-Lobbyist, want taxes spent in the regions where raised.

SLATTERY, Wayne Kenneth currently the CEO of The Good Samaritans, but also owns a horse breeding and agistment centre which he runs with his wife. http://palmerunited.com/staff/wayne-slattery/

TEERMAN, Paul Gerard holds a Bachelor of Arts (Security Terrorism and Counter Terrorism) degree and is in his final year of a Juris Doctor at the University of Technology in Sydney. He is also engaged in work with an Aboriginal organisation as an Aboriginal ranger.
http://palmerunited.com/staff/paul-teerman/

LIBERAL PARTY http://www.virginvoters.com.au/parties/liberal-party-of-australia/
http://www.canberraliberals.org.au/ABOUT-US/ABOUT-US/ABOUT-US.asp
http://www.canberraliberals.org.au/OUR-PEOPLE/OUR-PEOPLE/OUR-PEOPLE.asp
I'm a little annoyed at the Libs for not simply running both Zed and Gary Humphries; it would have been nice to choose which Lib we had representing the ACT.

SESELJA, Zed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zed_Seselja
Studied Arts and Law at the Australian National University and then moved into the Commonwealth Public Service, where he rose to become a Senior Lawyer. Zed is a KeepWatch Ambassador with the Royal Lifesaving Society, an Ambassador for Focus ACT and a strong supporter of local charities such as Karinya House and St Vincent de Paul. Given he was leader at the local elections, shouldn't require an intro! Will be interesting to see if the struggle with Gary hurts him or not. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/zed-seselja/1/9a4/753 http://www.facebook.com/zed.seselja https://twitter.com/ZedMLA

Merinda Nash: "Ran" for local govt last year - without doing any campaigning. I've finally worked out that her florist is in Woden, but have no idea which one it is. There is now some information available online: http://citynews.com.au/2013/nash-takes-a-run-with-zed-for-the-senate/, http://physics.anu.edu.au/people/profile.php?ID=1272&tab=publications, http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Merinda-Nash/1265323412.



AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Kate Lundy: http://www.katelundy.com.au/, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kate-Lundy/101978497999, https://twitter.com/KateLundy
This year 11 dropout became Senator in 1996 when Bob McMullan entered the Lower House. During opposition she had been Shadow Minister for: Information Technology, Manufacturing, Consumer Affairs, Local Government, Sport and Health Promotion; but was dropped from the front bench when Labor won government.
Kate was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship as well as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Cabinet as part of the original Second Gillard Ministry. In a subsequent reshuffle in March 2012, she made the Minister for Sport, Multicultural Affairs, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Innovation. On 1 July 2013, as part of the Second Rudd Ministry, Kate retained the portfolio of Multicultural Affairs and gained the portfolio of Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy. She has been highly active on the issue of internet regulation, arguing against both the Howard government's and her own party's policy in that area.
Her speeches etc in the Senate are available here: http://www.openaustralia.org/search/?pid=10398&pop=1
RIOTAct interview: http://the-riotact.com/kate-lundy-labor-party-for-the-senate-candidate-questionnaire-election-%E2%80%9913/113772

Kate Lundy is guaranteed to get in; excess votes will flow through to:

SANT, Chris http://www.actlabor.org.au/people/act-labor-people/584-chris-sant-candidate-for-the-senate-https://www.facebook.com/SantfortheSenate http://www.alp.org.au/chris_sant
Chris was born in the UK and grew up in Sydney, studying at UNSW. He currently works as a public servant for the Office of Parliamentary Counsel. (Has resigned to stand for election).


AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENTS http://www.virginvoters.com.au/parties/australian-independents/ http://www.australianindependents.org.au/ [snurched from wiki] "Founded by Dr Patricia Petersen, the Australian Independents is a political party which promotes democracy and true parliamentary representation. Australian Independents candidates are free to set their own political agendas outside of the traditional model of standing as the candidate of a particular party free of party allegiance. Australian Independents employ a novel selection process for its independent candidates, allowing any member of the public to apply for candidacy, provided they commit to genuinely representing their electorates."
Constitution forbids personal attacks on other politicians, which was a nice touch.
http://www.australianindependents.org.au/your_candidates.html (ACT near bottom).

FERNIE, Anthony Watson "served in the Royal Australian Air Force for twenty years, joined because of the party's antibullying policy which he feels will set a good example for children. Mr Fernie will advocate for job opportunities, training and education and support for servicemen and servicewomen". Lives in Jervis Bay (which is part of the ACT). No online presence.

PETERSEN, Valma Not even on her own party website!



INDEPENDENT
EZEKIEL-HART, Emmanuel http://voteindependentemmanuel.com/, https://www.facebook.com/emmanueltam.ezekielhart. Ran in Ginninderra at the 2012 local elections (pic.twitter.com/SkNiOWY2). Lawyer, marine engineer, lecturer at the PNG maritime college. Has been in a fight with the Law Society http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/former-political-hopefuls-case-thrown-out-of-court-20130327-2gts3.html
Wants:
Fair-go for all Canberran’s for a united and dignified Canberra
Business growth and welfare
Effective Economic security and viability for our farmers and the environment’s protection
Secure Education, training and sport for each Canberran youth
Program to reduce incentive for crime
Best remuneration for teachers
Special attention to the plight of the hard working nurses and doctors
Reduced Hospital waiting times in Emergency
Assisting the clergy in their contact and education of today’s youth, our leaders of tomorrow
Introduction of Neighbourhood Violence Attention Warning Program
Equitable protection and provision for our retired and serving Military, Police and Customs personnel in a spirit of freedom without war.

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