You may recall that last time we had federal party elections I did a Q&A for each candidate who could be bothered to send me answers for the elections to two of the federal committees - FCC & FPC
*. This is because if we are going to vote on something I feel it's important for someone to make at least a token attempt to inform the electorate.
This year, therefore, I am going to go one better and send out questions to candidates standing in ALL the federal elections except presidential** - FCC, FPC, FE, International Relations and ELDR delegation.
Each candidate will get a set of questions - or two sets if they are standing for two bodies, etc. - and I will publish a list of all the candidates, and then link to their answers in seperate posts as I did last time. I'm open to discussion on how many questions they should get. Last time they got 11 for each post, and my instinct is that was a bit too long. But OTOH more questions is more information for the electorate...The purpose of this post is to ask you to submit questions to me so I can compile question lists
. What would you want an answer to from every candidate? I suspect the questions will be different for each body because they have different purposes.
Personally, I think that two of the questions should be "Are you standing for any other committees, if so which ones; and if elected to more than one how do you plan to divide your time?" and "Are you standing for the first time or restanding? If first time what new thing do you bring that nobody else could; if restanding, what about your record are you most proud of that you think should make us vote you back in?" but I am open to suggestion on improvements for wording etc, and the other 8 questions for each election.How to submit a question
Leave a comment on this post. Tweet it at me. Email me at jennieDOTriggATgmailDOTcom.
Obviously I can't guarantee that your question will make the list, or won't be melded with someone else's question, but I think crowdsourcing is the way to go on this.
Once nominations close on the 15th of October I will then contact each candidate with a list of questions, and publish any answers I receive on here. Deadline for receipt of questions I am therefore going to make Midnight on Sunday 12th October
, which will give me a bit of time to compile lists and decide which ones to ask.If you're a candidate
(or hoping to be a candidate) it would help me ENORMOUSLY if you could ping me an email address that I can contact you on so that I can start setting up mailing lists in advance, too ;)
* I think somebody else did FE - maybe Nick Barlow? ETA: or as Nick says in the comments, maybe Andy Hinton. God my memory is poor these days.
** because every bugger is doing Q&As with the presidential candidates, so why reinvent the wheel?