Explore options for CAPaD coordinated action and advocacy in the lead-up to the ACT Election on 17th October

Our aim is to help voters choose candidates who are going to represent them well.

We want to make sure that all voters have good information about the candidates they are voting for: who they are and how they intend to perform their jobs if elected.

The political parties and some at least of the independents provide voters with lots of information about their policies.

We want to make sure voters know about the candidates themselves.

A copy of the 2020 ACT Election Candidate Statement can be found here.

A Word version of the Candidate Statement can be downloaded here.

 

The text of the Candidate Statement for the 2020 ACT Election

The Candidate Statement is to give voters information to guide their selection of candidates based on the candidate’s ability to be an MLA and their commitment to strengthen the democratic fabric of the ACT.

My name is _______________________ and I am a candidate for the ACT Legislative Assembly in the electorate of

 Brindabella / Ginninderra / Kurrajong / Murrumbidgee / Yerrabi . (Cross out those not applicable)

I am endorsed to represent the ALP / Canberra Liberals / Greens / Other____________________ / Independent

These are my skills and experience for being an MLA. (No more than 100 words in 10pt Arial font)

Further, I have these skills and experiences that qualifies me for a role in the ministry. (No more than 50 words in 10pt Arial font)

If elected, this is how I plan to represent my constituents. (No more than 100 words in 10pt Arial font)

If elected, I will undertake these measures to promote good government and strengthen the responsiveness, accountability and transparency of government in the ACT. (Up to 100 words, dot points, in 10pt Arial font)

If elected, I will undertake these measures to promote and improve informed participation by my constituents in ACT policy development and decision making. (Up to 50 words, dot points, in 10pt Arial font)

Statement of Democratic Commitment

  1. I will strictly abide by the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Orders Code of Conduct for MLAs.
  2. I will fully disclose and make public the sources and value of all political funding donations, contributions, gifts public and private towards my election campaign and political activity, within one month of receipt.
  3. I will place the public interest (the welfare and wellbeing of the general population and the integrity of the planet) ahead of sectional, corporate, personal, religious or other interests.

 

Authorised by Peter Tait, Secretary, Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy.

Understanding the roles and responsibilities of MLAs and community members

This Statement outlines our understanding of what the roles and responsibilities of the MLAs and community members are. These form the basis for an effective working relationship between representatives and the community they represent. This leads to a healthier democracy.

A copy of the statement can be downloaded here.

 

The text of the Statement of MLA Citizen Expectations vJuly2020

We live in a representative democracy, where we elect our political representatives to take decisions on our behalf about the laws that govern us and the expenditure of public funds. Those in the majority also determine who forms the government. But who exactly do these elected representatives actually represent: the constituents who voted for them; their constituency as a whole; the wider polity; the political party that put them forward for election; the less well-recognised interests which backed their election; or their own best judgment? Political theorists have argued about this for centuries and there’s no simple answer.

With cynicism about the operation of liberal democracies around the world at an all-time high, the system as a whole is under threat. To protect it, we need to start spelling out what we expect of our elected representatives and playing an active role in ensuring that they live up to these expectations. To give in to cynicism is to abandon any chance of ensuring our democracy works for us. It is the responsibility of everyone within the system – representative and represented alike – to make the system work in the interests of the people as a whole, irrespective of their wealth or influence.

The Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy is calling for representatives who will, with integrity and transparency, truly represent the interests of the community they are elected to serve. We expect representatives to seek to understand and act in the interests of, and to explain and justify their decision to, their electors.

This Statement outlines our considered opinion of what the roles and responsibilities of the MLAs and constituents are. They form the basis for an effective working relationship between representatives and the community they represent.

We consider that our representatives should:

  1. Be knowledgeable about good governance, policy making and the roles conferred on them.
  2. Be transparent about the considerations on which their decisions are based and willing to state when they are giving us facts or their opinions.
  3. Support meaningful ways for community members to engage in deliberative policy making.
  4. Commit to ensuring their own party sets out its platform so that the expected outcomes and strategies are clear, and the impacts can be monitored – this is fundamental for accountability.
  5. Explain how they intend to vote on each piece of legislation, and why.
  6. Assist the community to monitor the outcomes of policy – which is also fundamental for accountability.
  7. Be open to review of their performance by their constituents.
  8. Act with integrity, aware of the influence of vested interests and commit to improving and maintaining systems of transparency and accountability.
  9. Be open and honest about their own beliefs about democracy and the role of government, and be willing to have these contested.

We consider that as active and engaged citizens, we should:

  1. Understand how policies and institutions impact on our lives, and those of others. (ie be policy and system literate).
  2. Demand that policies be set out to show the proposed outcomes, the implementation strategies, the expected impacts and measurement strategies, so those can be assessed and monitored.
  3. Work with others to set the standards for the way our representatives do their jobs.
  4. Expect candidates standing for election to provide detailed information about their background, values and policy positions, and use that information to cast an informed vote.
  5. Be informed about our democratic institutions and be prepared to promote and defend their role in protecting a healthy democracy.
  6. Be prepared to be part of a system to scrutinise government action broadly and the actions of our representatives in particular.

 

The Canberra Alliance want to work with people across the ACT to further develop the content of both sets of expectations.

 

Authorised by Peter Tait, Secretary, Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy.

Download copies of the Compare your Candidates flyer here

A5 two flyers to a page

A4 single flyer

Please download and share widely: handouts, letter box and put up.