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Miguel
22-11-2007, 06:23 PM
Eight weeks ago I started contacting the candidates for my electorate (Hindmarsh), in the hope of learning where the candidates themselves (rather than party policy) stood on certain issues. But I'm a bit disappointed, because only 3 of the 8 candidates have so far responded (*). Notably, neither the ALP candidate nor the Liberal candidate have responded, even though I continue to receive their personalised bulk mail. Is it unreasonable of me to expect candidates to answer my questions?

(*) One of the responses was in fact from a candidate's party secretary, since the candidate was unavailable.

pax
22-11-2007, 06:27 PM
Eight weeks ago I started contacting the candidates for my electorate (Hindmarsh), in the hope of learning where the candidates themselves (rather than party policy) stood on certain issues. But I'm a bit disappointed, because only 3 of the 8 candidates have so far responded (*). Notably, neither the ALP candidate nor the Liberal candidate have responded, even though I continue to receive their personalised bulk mail. Is it unreasonable of me to expect candidates to answer my questions?

(*) One of the responses was in fact from a candidate's party secretary, since the candidate was unavailable.

Hard to say unless you know how much correspondence they receive. I would have thought you ought to get a reply from one of their campaign staff at the very least.

Miguel
22-11-2007, 06:53 PM
Hard to say unless you know how much correspondence they receive. I would have thought you ought to get a reply from one of their campaign staff at the very least.
Even a "Thanks for your questions, but unfortunately I'm very busy at the moment" would be better than nothing.

Axiom
22-11-2007, 08:59 PM
Questioning candidates can not only get you tasered, it's advocated by the media !
http://************.com/articles/nov...ters_tased.htm

Kevin Bonham
22-11-2007, 09:41 PM
Questioning candidates can not only get you tasered, it's advocated by the media !
http://************.com/articles/nov...ters_tased.htm

Is that that Meyer individual? Got what he deserved, he was being ridiculous.

As I said elsewhere:


The guy refused to stop speaking when asked to do so - apparently more than once - and persistently used force to attempt to resist his removal from the premises even when warned he would be zapped if he did not comply.

Freedom of speech is not freedom to monopolise a microphone and ramble endlessly, unless the microphone belongs to Resistance and I am monopolising it. :lol:

However there was another tasering case recently which resulted in a death and was truly horrible.

Kevin Bonham
22-11-2007, 09:43 PM
Eight weeks ago I started contacting the candidates for my electorate (Hindmarsh), in the hope of learning where the candidates themselves (rather than party policy) stood on certain issues. But I'm a bit disappointed, because only 3 of the 8 candidates have so far responded (*). Notably, neither the ALP candidate nor the Liberal candidate have responded, even though I continue to receive their personalised bulk mail. Is it unreasonable of me to expect candidates to answer my questions?

Depends how they are worded and what they are. Often I find that it is difficult to get a useful answer from my local MP since he'll have to check with the spokesman on such and such before he can comment on whatever specialised issue I have raised.

Miguel
23-11-2007, 05:26 PM
Depends how they are worded and what they are. Often I find that it is difficult to get a useful answer from my local MP since he'll have to check with the spokesman on such and such before he can comment on whatever specialised issue I have raised.
I was hoping to avoid candidates seeking party advice by guaranteeing confidentiality (conditional on the candidate not acting contrary to their answers). I also made the questions multiple choice (with an "other" option), so that candidates wouldn't have to spend a lot of time thinking about a lengthy response. (I think most people could probably complete the questionnaire in under 3 minutes.)

CameronD
23-11-2007, 08:07 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if the big party nominees are outlawed from answering questions without authorisation. To a large degree their just robots till they get off the back bench.

Basil
10-05-2008, 12:31 AM
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Igor_Goldenberg
10-05-2008, 07:20 PM
Is it unreasonable of me to expect candidates to answer my questions?

Asking questions is reasonable.
Expecting answers is reasonable.
Expecting answers to be meaningful or expressing their own (not party) opinion is not reasonable.

On the other hand, I am biased against the politicians in general.