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2008 WA Election Responses from Candidates Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008

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A list of candidates for the Legislative Assembly and for the Legislative Council may be found at the website of the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

As responses come in, those from the Leaders will be posted first. Then candidates' responses will be posted below alphabetically.

Generic Responses from Political Parties  

 

Christian Democratic Party: 

The CDP has always been strongly pro monarchist under the leadership of our National Founder and National President, the Rev. Fred Nile. Our view is well documented in our National Charter which is a binding document for CDP candidates and office bearers. http://www.cdp.org.au/fed/NationalCharter.asp

Consequently, if you have received the ACM Constitutional Survery, would you please respond as follows:

Question  1.  Do you support the role of the Australian Crown in the Australian Constitutional system, including the constitutions of the States? 
 

The Christian Democratic Party is a strong supporter of our Australian Constitutional system, our Westminster system of government (separation of powers) and we recognise the Crown as our legitimate Australian Head of State.

Question 2.   Do you support the retention of the Australian National Flag? Yes/No

Most definitely, the Australian National Flag is an important symbol of our nationhood, our past, our diversity and our unification. The crosses of St  Andrew, St George and St Patrick remind us that the early founders of our nation came from Scotland, England and Ireland. These people unified the flag on 1 January 1901 when they brought it to our shores. The Southern Cross is also a symbol of our unity as one people, one nation, one flag, under God. We are proud of our Australian flag.

Question  3.   Do you believe there are any significant aspects of the Australian constitutional system which should be changed ?  Yes/No

No, our system has served us well and moving towards a Republican model would pave  the way for a politization of the role of the Head of State and open the door to a constitutionally entrenched Bill of Rights which we do not support

 

Question 4.    Would you oppose any bill designed to undermine the right of the Australian people to be consulted in a referendum before any change is made to the Australian Constitution.? Yes/No

Most definitely,  the Australian people have an absolute right to be consulted on such an important matter and we would opposed any bill undermining their right in this regard.
 
 

Question 5.   Would you  oppose any change to the Australian National Flag being effected other than following a popular vote in accordance with the provisions of section 3(2) of the Flag Act, 1953.  Yes/No
 

We do  not wish to make any changes to the Australian National Flag, our forefathers have fought under it and we must retain it.

 

 

Question 6.  In the event of proposed changes to the Constitution or to the Flag being referred to a vote by the people, as you support equal and adequate public funding be made available for  both the yes and no cases?  

Although we oppose changes to our Constitution and to our flag, in a democratic society like Australia, equal public funding should be made available for both the yes and no cases.

(Supplied by WA State Director of the Christian Democratic Party Gerad Goiran.)

The following Christian Democratic Party candidates replied to our survey in agreement with the official party response (see above):

CandidatesHouseElectorate / Region
Butler, LukasLegislative AssemblyMidland
Cabrera, Rachel Legislative AssemblyDarling Range
Firth,MartyLegislative CouncilNollamarra
Mansell, RogerLegislative CouncilMining/Pastoral
Nicholls, Ruth Legislative CouncilNorth Metropolitan
Sprigg, PhilipLegislative AssemblyGeraldton
Varley, MandyLegislative AssemblyMindarie
Warden- Johnson, Stephen Legislative AssemblyAlfred Cove
Brewer, Linda Legislative CouncilSouth Metropolitan
Butler, BarbaraLegislative AssemblyWest Swan
Gifford, Gail Legislative AssemblyVasse
Heggers, Bill Legislative AssemblyJanadkot
Hollett, Julie Legislative AssemblyFremantle
Laundy, MargaretLegislative AssemblyJoondalup
Mullen, KevinLegislative AssemblyOcean Reef
Randall, Dwight Legislative CouncilEast Metropolitan 
Shave, MichelleLegislative AssemblyMandurah
Staer, Mark Legislative AssemblyCannington
Whatley, Jenny Legislative CouncilScarborough
Young, Jacky Legislative AssemblyWagin

 

Australian Labor Party (WA):

The WA State Election on 6 September will be a choice between Alan Carpenter’s stable team with a vision for the future or Colin Barnett, the Liberal’s fifth leader in three years.  Alan Carpenter is providing strong and stable leadership for Western Australia. He is working hard, building a better future for Western Australia. His government’s priorities are health, education, community safety and building better infrastructure for our future 

There’s always more to be done, but Alan Carpenter has a plan, and it is working.

 

The WA election will be fought on important state issues, not issues related to the Commonwealth constitution, our head of state or national flag.

 

The Liberals have had five leaders in three years.  They’ve been fighting each other, not planning for the future. In fact the only plan Colin Barnett has is to retire.

 

Labor has plans for more police, better public transport and will look after those doing it a bit tougher.  In just 2 ½ years Alan Carpenter’s been Premier, the Government has delivered the Perth-Mandurah railway and secured WA’s water supplies.  We’re an energetic and dynamic Government, with a long term agenda for the state. 

 

The Liberal’s have no-one blame but themselves for their lack of policy and plans for the future.  They’ve been too busy fighting each. 

 

They aren’t ready to govern.  Now is not the time to risk Colin Barnett and Troy Buswell.

 

The following ALP candidates replied to our survey in agreement with the generic ALP party response (see above.)

 

CandidateHouseElectorate/Region
Carpenter, AlanLegislative AssemblyWillagee
Durack, LouiseLegislative AssemblyOcean Reef
Freeman, JanineLegislative AssemblyNollamarra
Tallertine, ChrisLegislative AssemblyGosnells

 

WA Greens Party Generic Response:

 

Thank you for the opportunity to promote the Greens policy on Constitutional reform.

The link to our relevant policy statement is  http://greens.org.au/node/766

 

I will address your questions in turn -

1. Do you support the role of the Australian Crown in the Australian Constitutional system, including the constitutions of the States?

"No, the Greens support a Republic with an Australian head-of-State."

2. Do you support the retention of the Australian National Flag?

"The Greens do not have a policy on the Australian flag - however the presence of the Union Jack on our flag would be outmoded in a future republic."

3. Do you believe there are any significant aspects of the Australian constitutional system which should be changed?

"Yes, the Greens would:

* support an amendment to the preamble of the Constitution to recognise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original and ongoing residents of Australia and their rights as such.

* amend the preamble to the Australian constitution to recognise the prior occupation and sovereignty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the traditional owners of the land.

* enact a Bill of Rights.

* initiate a three-stage process to establish a republic with an Australian head of state, consisting of:

* a non-binding plebiscite to determine whether Australians support a republic;

* a consultative process to determine a model for the selection of a head of state; and

* a referendum to endorse such a model.

* support the following electoral reforms:

(i) all Australian citizens over the age of 16 to be eligible to vote;

(ii) proportional representation in the House of Representatives and local  government;

(iii) fixed terms of Parliament;

(iv) constitutional recognition of the powers and responsibilities of local government;

(v) reduced numbers of by-elections by allowing casual vacancies to be filled by a member of the retiring representative's party;

(vi) amendment of section 44 of the Constitution to allow any public servant who has no conflict of interest to stand for election to Federal Parliament;

(vii) amendment of section 44 of the Constitution to allow Australian citizens with dual nationality to stand for election to Federal Parliament; and

(viii) public funding of elections to eliminate private funding."

4. Would you oppose any bill designed to undermine the right of the Australian people to be consulted in a referendum before any change is made to the Australian Constitution?

"Yes, the Greens strongly support participatory democracy."

 5. Would you oppose any change to the Australian National Flag being effected other than following a popular vote in accordance with the provisions of section 3(2)of the Flag Act, 1953?

"The Greens do not have a policy on the Australian flag."

 6. In the event of proposed changes to the Constitution or to the Flag being referred to a vote by the people, would you support equal and adequate public funding being made available for both the yes and no cases? 

"Yes."

Yours sincerely,

  Giz Watson MLC

Member for North Metropolitan Region

Personal Responses from Candidates:

Paul Mewhor, Christian Democratic Party Candidate for Bassendean (Legislative Assembly)

Dear Mr Church,

Thank you for your letter; I would like to assure you I am a supporter of the system and I believe in retaining our constitutional Monarchy. The answer to every question in the survey is yes though with the last one I would prefer if no money was given to the supporters of a republic. I love our flag and would consider it treason to replace it; my uncle died on the Kokoda fighting for Queen, country and our flag.

 

Yours faithfully,

Paul Mewhor

 

Daniel Storey, Family First Party candidate for Mindarie (Legislative Assembly)

1. Do you support the role of the Australian Crown in the Australian Constitutional system, including the constitutions of the States? 

“Yes”

2. Do you support the retention of the Australian National Flag?

“Yes”

3. Do you believe there are any significant aspects of the Australian constitutional system which should be changed ? 

“No (but I would like to consider it further)”

4.   Would you oppose any bill designed to undermine the right of the Australian people to be consulted in a referendum before any change is made to the Australian Constitution.?

“Yes”

5. Would you oppose any change to the Australian National Flag being effected other than following a popular vote in accordance with the provisions of section 3(2) of the Flag Act, 1953?

“Yes”

6.  In the event of proposed changes to the Constitution or to the Flag being referred to a vote by the people, as you support equal and adequate public funding be made available for both the yes and no cases? 

“Yes”

Stephen Carson, Family First Party candidate for Blackwood Stirling (Legislative Assembly)

1.  Do you support the role of the Australian Crown in the Australian Constitutional system, including the constitutions of the States? 

“Yes”

2.  Do you support the retention of the Australian National Flag?

“Yes”

3.  Do you believe there are any significant aspects of the Australian constitutional system which should be changed ? 

"Yes. I believe we should restore the constitution giving back the freedoms that we have lost through external affairs and treaties, also the tax powers should go back to the states."

4.  Would you oppose any bill designed to undermine the right of the Australian people to be consulted in a referendum before any change is made to the Australian Constitution.?

“Yes”

5. Would you oppose any change to the Australian National Flag being effected other than following a popular vote in accordance with the provisions of section 3(2) of the Flag Act, 1953?

“Yes”

6.  In the event of proposed changes to the Constitution or to the Flag being referred to a vote by the people, as you support equal and adequate public funding be made available for both the yes and no cases? 

“Yes”

 

Keith Hopper, Family First Party candidate for Collie Preston (Legislative Assembly)

1. Do you support the role of the Australian Crown in the Australian Constitutional system, including the constitutions of the States? 

“Yes”

2. Do you support the retention of the Australian National Flag?

“No”

3. Do you believe there are any significant aspects of the Australian constitutional system which should be changed? 

“The role of the position of Local Government should be enshrined in our Constitution”

4. Would you oppose any bill designed to undermine the right of the Australian people to be consulted in a referendum before any change is made to the Australian Constitution?

“Yes”

5. Would you oppose any change to the Australian National Flag being effected other than following a popular vote in accordance with the provisions of section 3(2) of the Flag Act, 1953?

“Yes”

6.  In the event of proposed changes to the Constitution or to the Flag being referred to a vote by the people, as you support equal and adequate public funding be made available for both the yes and no cases? 

“Yes”

Dan Sullivan MLA, Liberal Party member for Mitchell (Legislative Assembly)

1. Do you support the role of the Australian Crown in the Australian Constitutional system, including the constitutions of the States? 

“Yes”

2. Do you support the retention of the Australian National Flag?

“Yes”

3. Do you believe there are any significant aspects of the Australian constitutional system which should be changed? 

Yes.  For example, the role of the Commonwealth and the States needs to be better defined so that the Federal Government is prevented from further destroying Federalism by encroaching on areas of State responsibility. This would also reduce unproductive and costly duplication between the two layers of government”

4. Would you oppose any bill designed to undermine the right of the Australian people to be consulted in a referendum before any change is made to the Australian Constitution?

“Yes. WA Family First is strong supporter of direct democracy on all matters, especially Constitutional change.”

 5. Would you oppose any change to the Australian National Flag being effected other than following a popular vote in accordance with the provisions of section 3(2) of the Flag Act, 1953?

“Yes, absolutely”

6.  In the event of proposed changes to the Constitution or to the Flag being referred to a vote by the people, as you support equal and adequate public funding be made available for both the yes and no cases? 

“Yes”

[During the 2008 WA election Dan Sullivan MLA was a Family First Party candidate for the legislative Council "South-West region."]

Renise Judge, Family First Party candidate for Southern River (Legislative Assembly)

Question  1Do you support the role of the Australian Crown in the Australian Constitutional system, including the constitutions of the States?

"Yes"
 
 
Question 2. Do you support the retention of the Australian National Flag?

"Yes"

Question  3.   Do you believe there are any significant aspects of the Australian constitutional system which should be changed ? 

"No"

 Question 4.  Would you oppose any bill designed to undermine the right of the Australian people to be consulted in a referendum before any change is made to the Australian Constitution.?

"Yes"
 
Question 5. Would you  oppose any change to the Australian National Flag being effected other than following a popular vote in accordance with the provisions of section 3(2) of the Flag Act, 1953?

 "Yes"
 
Question 6. In the event of proposed changes to the Constitution or to the Flag being referred to a vote by the people, as you support equal and adequate public funding be made available for  both the yes and no cases?  

"Yes  (I would support equal funding to be made available for the "for and against.")"

 

 

 

   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   
   
   
   
 
 
  
 
 
   

 
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