Tuesday 20 November 2007

What our candidates say... Independent

Here's Selwyn Johnston independent candidate, response's to our questions...

1. What are your top 3 priorities for Leichhardt?

Leichhardt for me has a number of priorities but since you ask for three I will answer accordingly.

(i) I will ensure that at all times the people of Leichhardt are fully and fearlessly represented on all matters either as an electorate or individually and that at all times they are fully informed of matters that will be of benefit to, or are likely to affect the electorate either in business or quality of life issues.

(ii) The second priority is to ensure that Leichhardt gets the infrastructure it needs and the professional and technical support that is required to obtain the maximum benefit from that infrastructure be that hospitals and educational facilities, roads, or industry support.

(iii) To obtain for the residents of Leichhardt every benefit and consideration that can be achieved.

2. Are workers adequately protected under current law?

As a very broad generalisation, while I am reasonably at ease with the present employment arrangements under Work Choices in a time of very buoyant employment, I would not be at all comfortable with the system in a tighter labour market. There needs to be in place minimum wages and conditions and the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard seems to be to generalised to achieve this goal. The Fairness Test unit is already miles behind and again seems unlikely to be able to provide timely relief. I suspect that many employers would be at ease with an Award System provided of course that they maintained their present right to manage their own workforce and workplace.

3. Is the balance of environment and development issues in the electorate of concern to your party?

Not only is the balance of environment and development an issue with me, but also the balance between environment, industry and the people is also important to me. We have to protect our environment and our heritage particularly in Leichhardt as tourism and fishing are our major industries and pastimes. Where a balance has to be struck it is essential that both the benefits and detriments be quantifiable so that decision making is an open and honest process. This way the decisions are more likely to be respected and consequently accepted in spirit.

4. Would you work the relationship with Cairns City Council differently?

The Cairns City Council & Douglas Shire Council will be absorbed into the Cairns Regional Council with dealings between the Federal Government and Local Government Authorities not being as direct as is the case with State Governments, however, I would deal with the Cairns Regional Council on a fair and equitable basis exactly the same as I would deal with any other Local Authority.


Anonymous said...

I've heard this guy talk.

I think he's got a screw loose somewhere, he's definitely a few sandwiches short of a picnic.

And, I wish he'd stop with the incessant emails.

Anonymous said...

Where would you direct your preferences Selwyn?

Anonymous said...

Re: Leichhardt No Choice...

As you are NOT on my News Release distribution perhaps you should contact whoever 'forwards' my e-mails to you and ask them to desist, eh!

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Bright and Prosperous New Year.



Anonymous said...

Hi Swinger

Thank you for your most pertinent question.

As the ONLY credible Leichhardt Independent candidate contesting the 2007 Federal election, I am on the public record as stating on numerous occasions that any candidate who distributes his/her 'claimed preference votes' displays a blatant arrogance towards Leichhardt voters.

'Preference' votes belong to the voter, and as such, I am asking Leichhardt voters to allocate their primary number 1 Vote to Selwyn Johnston, then vote 2 to 11 in the order of YOUR choice.

Please remember, you MUST number every box from 1 to 11 or your vote won't count.

My 'How to Vote' slip and views of 'preferences' can be viewed via my WebSite Home Page…



May I also wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Bright and Prosperous New Year.



Anonymous said...

Selwyn, were you not the original Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars 1 before George Lucas CGI'ed over your image and replaced your voice? I'm sure this is true, wot is your response. Also what is your policy on my elbow?