August 5th 2010
Let's ask them
Before each election Magnetic Times puts a list of questions to the aspiring candidates to see how they line up on issues related (mostly) to Magnetic Island and our surrounds. This year, in the interests of open democracy, we thought it would be more interesting if we broadened the field a little bit (issue wise) and invite you, our readers, to have a go and submit questions you think are important.
So we can manage the process we are going to limit the final number of questions we put to just six. Our selection will be based one what we see as most pressing specifically for Magnetic Island for the first three with the rest applicable to wider national concerns.
We would ask that the questions not be directed specifically to one candidate but all so we can get a full range of responses.
We realise some readers may disagree or be disappointed with our selection but we aim to be as representative and as interesting as possible. But, if you have a question we have not selected, remember that it will go into our comments box below and candidates are more than welcome to respond there too. At least this way wider issues of interest and concern to readers can be canvassed
We are happy to run questions from named or anonymous sources so long as they are pertinent and are not abusive or defamatory.
We are also limiting these questions to the House of Representatives candidates only as the Senate field is just too large.
We will also be calling on the candidates to respond specifically to the questions rather than making generalised campaign statements.
Our aim is to put the selection together by Friday 13 August, and have the candidates respond formally by Wednesday 18 August - comfortably in time for you to consider your vote for Election Day, Saturday August 21.
The four candidates for Herbert are:
Tony Mooney: Australian Labor Party
Ewen Jones: Liberal National Party of Australia
Michael John Punshon: family First
Mike Rubenach: The Greens
So readers, over to you, what's on your mind for Herbert?
(Please use our comments box below)
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