[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
no real online presence.KATTER’S AUSTRALIAN PARTY http://www.kattersaustralianparty.com.au/
- 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
, 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
RIOTAct interview: http://the-riotact.com/simon-sheikh-greens-for-the-senate-candidate-questionnaire-election-%E2%80%9913/113885ESGUERRA, 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-CandidatesO'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/132945946743164GRAHAM, 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-13/113622DRUG 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
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/207759345949135SEX 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/113089MILLER, 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%9913/113848HENRIQUEZ, 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/VoluntaryEuthanasiaPartyNITSCHKE, Philip
Yes, Dr Death himself is running. If you don't know who he is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_NitschkeMACDOUGALL, 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/113097PALMER 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.asphttp://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/
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
Kate Lundy: http://www.katelundy.com.au/
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!INDEPENDENTEZEKIEL-HART, Emmanuel http://voteindependentemmanuel.com/
. 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
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.