Compare the candidates for the 2020 ACT Election to see who might represent you best.

 

Links to other election information

Find which electorate you are in

We would like to be able to provide contact details for candidates but this information is not systematically easy to come by.

Peter Tait's interviews on 2XX on Friday 28th August and Friday October 1st about CAPaD, democracy, the election and candidate statements.

Visit the VoteEasy webpage which offers candidates another platform to tell you about themselves.

The Smartvote Australia site helps you to see which candidates you best align with (smartvote Australia is a project of the Australian National University).

Elections ACT also host a set of candidate statements for general details about themselves.

In the 2XX Minor Party Series, the minor parties in this election talk about what is important to them.

Extended voting from now to "election day" October 17th: details of where and when are available on ElectionsACT website

Responses by candidates to CAPaD's Candidate Statement questions are arranged here by Electorate and then by question to allow easy comparison.

Candidate Responses by Electorate by Question

Question

PartyFirst NameFamily NameSkills and experience for being an MLA
ACT GreensAndrewBraddockI am not a career politician or party hack. As a father with a young family and also as a carer, I get the daily juggle in life. I am the product of a public-school education looking to build a better future. I am also active in the community, having worked as secretary of the Gungahlin Community Council, and deputy chairman of my local primary school board. I also have the life experience and interpersonal skills to help me communicate and relate to constituents of various backgrounds, cultures, beliefs and perspectives.
Animal Justice PartyBernieBrennan
Canberra LiberalsLeanneCastley
Canberra LiberalsAlistairCoe
IndependentHelenCross
ACT LaborTomFischer
ACT LaborDeepak-RajGupta
ACT GreensMainulHaqueAn economist and public servant, I am also a father, husband and community worker. Following my education in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Canada and Australia, I settled in Canberra in 1993, becoming a local person serving local needs. For example, as President of the Canberra Muslim Community, I negotiated and managed the multi-million dollar Gungahlin Mosque project. I serve on the boards of the ACT Multicultural Advisory Council, Gold Creek Homestead Advisory Panel, Canberra Refugee Action Campaign, and Gungahlin Community Council. My skills and experiences enable me to communicate and relate to constituents from all backgrounds, irrespective of cultures, beliefs and perspectives.
Labour DLPOliviaHelmore
Animal Justice PartyFrancineHorne
Australian Federation PartyMohammad MunirHussain
Sustainable Australia (ACT)JohnKearsley
IndependentFuxinLiI have lived in Canberra for 19 years and in Yerrabi for 17 years. I understand the issues Canberrans and people living in Yerrabi have. I am here to listen to the community and stand for the community.

I did my PhD in Education at Monash University and have been researching and working in education and cultural area for more than 27 years. I value Australia's multiculturalism and multilingualism. I believe we can do better in strengthening the diversified and harmonious society and in realizing social and economic benefits with the multicultural and multilingual resources in our community.
Canberra LiberalsJamesMilligan
Canberra LiberalsKrishnaNadimpalli
ACT LaborSuzanneOrr
ACT LaborMichaelPettersson
ACT LaborGeorgiaPhillips
David Pollard IndependentDavidPollardI work in my family software development business performing a range of duties, including software development, project management, contract negotiation and management, operations management, communications, and client relationships. I have a Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering) from University of Canberra. I practice Asset Based Community Development with the Crace Community Association (President), Gungahlin Community Council (Treasurer) and my school P&C (President). I have represented Gungahlin in democratic processes such as the Better Suburbs participatory budgeting forum. I contribute to submissions on government consultations, and development applications.
Born and bred here, I have strong ties and networks in communities around Canberra.
David Pollard Independent PartyStephaniePollard
Canberra ProgressivesMikeStelzigI worked for the Commonwealth for 11 years, six as a policy and five years as an internal auditor. I've been employed with the ACT Government for two years. Prior to joining the public service, I was employed in various roles in the private industry from management to senior executive. I have an insight into what makes government tick, how decisions are made and why they are made.
Labour DLPBernieStrang
Canberra LiberalsJacobVadakkedathu
Canberra ProgressivesBethanyWilliamsMy skills and experience to be an MLA stem from my real-life experience being a member of the Canberra community. I am a Canberra mother who has worked in the Australian Public Service for years and has contributed to the community through starting the Canberra Nippers program. My strengths are my persistence, my compassion, my willingness to ask the hard questions and pursue answers. I am not a career politician. I just want to make sure the government does the right thing by the community. I want to ensure political integrity and transparency in government.
Sustainable Australia (ACT)ScottYoung
PartyFirst NameFamily NameSkills and experience for ministry
ACT GreensAndrewBraddockAs an environmental engineer, I know how to make our city more sustainable. I have a professional understanding of the municipal systems that support Canberra's households including water, waste water, and traffic design. As a public servant, I also have hands on experience in developing policy and crafting legislation.
Animal Justice PartyBernieBrennan
Canberra LiberalsLeanneCastley
Canberra LiberalsAlistairCoe
IndependentHelenCross
ACT LaborTomFischer
ACT LaborDeepak-RajGupta
ACT GreensMainulHaqueI have extensive experience in policy development and implementation and am experienced in managing large organisations. The challenges I have faced allow me to empathise with the sufferings of others, a quality that would benefit the ministry. I would also bring diversity as well as inclusiveness in the government.
Labour DLPOliviaHelmore
Animal Justice PartyFrancineHorne
Australian Federation PartyMohammad MunirHussain
Sustainable Australia (ACT)JohnKearsley
IndependentFuxinLiI have worked in various leadership roles in the past 19 years at local and national levels. This enriched my experience in working with government agencies, politicians, community organizations, non-profits and the private sector. It helped me to build up my skills in working with people from different backgrounds and to enhance abilities in considering issues from different perspectives and at different levels.
Canberra LiberalsJamesMilligan
Canberra LiberalsKrishnaNadimpalli
ACT LaborSuzanneOrr
ACT LaborMichaelPettersson
ACT LaborGeorgiaPhillips
David Pollard IndependentDavidPollardI commit to remaining Independent from the ministry. I believe an Independent should remain on the crossbench and
vote on each issue on the merits. An Independent brings scrutiny and improves both sides of politics, but they cannot do
that when compromised by a cabinet agreement.
David Pollard Independent PartyStephaniePollard
Canberra ProgressivesMikeStelzigI have proven strategic thinking, and stakeholder engagement skills, including identification of, and problem solving skills.
Labour DLPBernieStrang
Canberra LiberalsJacobVadakkedathu
Canberra ProgressivesBethanyWilliamsA role in the ministry would be an incredible honour and responsibility, however, I would prefer to be honest and say that I would not immediately possess the skills and experience to take on such a role. What would make me suitable for a role in the ministry would be to be elected to the Legislative Assembly first, and spend several years listening and learning about issues of importance, particularly in a ministry where I might be able to make the most difference.
Sustainable Australia (ACT)ScottYoung
PartyFirst NameFamily NameRepresenting my constituents
ACT GreensAndrewBraddockWith integrity, transparency and zeal. I am committed to putting the Yerrabi community first. That means putting the community and the environment we depend on ahead of big business, corporate interests and lobbyists. I will make myself readily available to all constituents, and actively seek out a diverse range of community views, even if contrarian to my own. I will attend all Community Council meetings that I possibly can.
Animal Justice PartyBernieBrennan
Canberra LiberalsLeanneCastley
Canberra LiberalsAlistairCoe
IndependentHelenCross
ACT LaborTomFischer
ACT LaborDeepak-RajGupta
ACT GreensMainulHaqueI will support “policies based on the needs of our community, not the greed of a few.” In Yerrabi this means we will:
• plant many more trees
• build a multipurpose community centre and revitalise Yerrabi Pond. These two initiatives will create jobs, support our local small businesses and will bring families and communities together
• expand Gunghalin CIT campus to provide opportunities for all ages.
• improve cycle paths and road infrastructures to reduce traffic congestion and better connect our suburbs
• support sustainable development for Gungahlin
• support female only swimming sessions in all public pools in Canberra
• enhance efforts to address domestic violence, social isolation and mental health challenges, including in multicultural communities
• establish a community garden in Gungahlin. These are policies based on need rather than greed.
Labour DLPOliviaHelmore
Animal Justice PartyFrancineHorne
Australian Federation PartyMohammad MunirHussain
Sustainable Australia (ACT)JohnKearsley
IndependentFuxinLiAs an independent candidate, I will be not tied up by any party ideologies and restrictions. I will be able to represent and advocate first and foremost for my constituents and community. In particular, I will:
• make myself accessible to all the constituents and listen to their concerns and views through all available channels such as telephone, email, social media and meetings, so to understand their issues and concerns.
• consider issues from the perspectives of my constituents and community, supporting with research and analysis of the issues and consultation with the stakeholders.
• present an independent voice to ACT Legislative Assembly with proposals and solutions that meet the needs of the constituents and community.
Canberra LiberalsJamesMilligan
Canberra LiberalsKrishnaNadimpalli
ACT LaborSuzanneOrr
ACT LaborMichaelPettersson
ACT LaborGeorgiaPhillips
David Pollard IndependentDavidPollardA thriving Canberra is good for everyone, but my priority above all else is the people of Yerrabi. I intend to focus on local issues, people, business, entertainment, environment, education, sport, health, and safety. I will set the gold standard for what an Independent Crossbench can achieve for their electorate so that in 2024, every electorate wants to elect their own Independent. I will have a local presence like an electoral office, where I will be available to all constituents. I will continue to work with and promote the Community Councils as a conduit for community voice.
David Pollard Independent PartyStephaniePollard
Canberra ProgressivesMikeStelzigBy genuinely listening to my constituents and communicating with them in an open and transparent way and by making true democracy available to them. I work for the electorate; they don't work for me.
Labour DLPBernieStrang
Canberra LiberalsJacobVadakkedathu
Canberra ProgressivesBethanyWilliamsYerrabi is one of the fastest growing electorates in the ACT. But the infrastructure is not keeping pace with the growth, and the Yerrabi community are getting frustrated. Planning for roads lags suburb growth, causing gridlock and a massive time cost. We need to address school numbers and ensure that kids are getting the best education possible. We need a hospital in Gungahlin. The police station needs an upgrade. We need to make sure our emergency services are properly resourced. And Giralang needs shops! So, if elected, I will be pushing and prodding the government to make these things happen.
Sustainable Australia (ACT)ScottYoung
PartyFirst NameFamily NamePromote good government
ACT GreensAndrewBraddockThe ACT Greens are proud to have led the way in increasing transparency of the political donations in the Territory, reducing the threshold and increasing the frequency of reporting and we already go beyond what the law requires. However, the ACT Greens do not believe that, on balance, real time disclosure of every single donation of any sum serves to improve democracy. In particular, the administrative imposition of such reporting would pose a barrier to entry to small political parties and independents who do not have the capacity to do such reporting. Additionally, in a city like Canberra, with many public servants and academics, we have a large number of citizens who legitimately fear reprisal for publicly supporting a political party or cause. We of course will continue to work to improve the donations system.
Animal Justice PartyBernieBrennan
Canberra LiberalsLeanneCastley
Canberra LiberalsAlistairCoe
IndependentHelenCross
ACT LaborTomFischer
ACT LaborDeepak-RajGupta
ACT GreensMainulHaqueThe ACT Greens have a proud history of promoting good government and increasing accountability and transparency. On that vein I will advocate for stronger participatory budget processes, inviting interested organisations and individuals to provide their input. I would also work to ensure policy development is underpinned by appropriate and relevant consultation and decision-making processes as well as the decisions are transparent.
Labour DLPOliviaHelmore
Animal Justice PartyFrancineHorne
Australian Federation PartyMohammad MunirHussain
Sustainable Australia (ACT)JohnKearsley
IndependentFuxinLiI am aware of the legislations and frameworks at territory and national levels that are in place to ensure good governance, performance, accountability and transparency of government, as well as the ACT government’s practice of Open Government. If elected, I will
• examine the measures currently in place to ensure they are adequately safeguarding our democratic system and strengthening the responsiveness, accountability and transparency of government, for instance, reporting of donations, public access to governance resources and information.
• communicate and consult with the constituents and community regarding issues and policies.
• be responsive to stakeholders and community views of issues and solutions.
Canberra LiberalsJamesMilligan
Canberra LiberalsKrishnaNadimpalli
ACT LaborSuzanneOrr
ACT LaborMichaelPettersson
ACT LaborGeorgiaPhillips
David Pollard IndependentDavidPollard- Prevent politicians from censoring reasonable debate on official channels, especially social media.
- Strengthen the Integrity Commission with resourcing and legislation.
- In my campaign I have implemented a “service desk” style ticketing system, which tracks correspondence and
highlights responsiveness. I intend to use the same system as an MLA and will lobby to implement it at the
Legislative Assembly for all MLAs.
- Improve and support constructive legislation from both the government and opposition of the day, to motivate
the opposition to contribute to good government
David Pollard Independent PartyStephaniePollard
Canberra ProgressivesMikeStelzigI will push for implementation of a full transparency law where commercial-in-confidence (except for national security matters) no longer exists. Canberrans have a right to know about all activities politicians undertake in the name of the people.
Labour DLPBernieStrang
Canberra LiberalsJacobVadakkedathu
Canberra ProgressivesBethanyWilliamsI plan to be a representative of not just the people in my own electorate, but of all the people of Canberra. While I will make sure that I fight for the things that matter to my electorate, I also want to be a representative that holds the government of the day to account across the board. I want to know where the money is being spent. I want transparency about the deals that the government makes with large developers. I want to understand why the government is so reliant on rates and land tax and push for a decrease in both.
Sustainable Australia (ACT)ScottYoung
PartyFirst NameFamily NameImprove constituents participation
ACT GreensAndrewBraddockI would advocate for the increasing the use of participatory budget setting and citizens juries in the ACT. Community consultation must be also meaningful and help prior to a decision been make by government; therefore I would hold the government to account for any decision made contrary to the community’s views.
Animal Justice PartyBernieBrennan
Canberra LiberalsLeanneCastley
Canberra LiberalsAlistairCoe
IndependentHelenCross
ACT LaborTomFischer
ACT LaborDeepak-RajGupta
ACT GreensMainulHaqueIf elected, I will listen actively, consulting with the community through ongoing, open, honest and transparent dialogue to help me understand and advocate for the ‘burning issues’ or ‘concerns’ of my constituents. I will represent the average Canberran who wants this city and its communities to thrive and prosper.
Labour DLPOliviaHelmore
Animal Justice PartyFrancineHorne
Australian Federation PartyMohammad MunirHussain
Sustainable Australia (ACT)JohnKearsley
IndependentFuxinLi• facilitate dissemination of information about government services and policies in the electorate, so to enhance understanding of the government services policies, and improve their involvement in policy development and decision making.
Canberra LiberalsJamesMilligan
Canberra LiberalsKrishnaNadimpalli
ACT LaborSuzanneOrr
ACT LaborMichaelPettersson
ACT LaborGeorgiaPhillips
David Pollard IndependentDavidPollard- I will establish public working groups. Interested constituents will have an opportunity to directly develop policy
to be presented as private members bills.
- I will vote against issues that have had inadequate, insincere, or deceptive community consultation.
- I will attend and offer an Assembly update at Community Council meetings.
David Pollard Independent PartyStephaniePollard
Canberra ProgressivesMikeStelzigI will push to legislate for a citizen’s assembly so that Canberrans can have an active role in making decisions that affect them. If the government is not open to a citizen’s assembly, I will make myself available publicly to hear feedback from my constituents which I will pass onto the government for actioning.
Labour DLPBernieStrang
Canberra LiberalsJacobVadakkedathu
Canberra ProgressivesBethanyWilliamsI want to make sure all constituents have a say, not just the ones with the loudest voices. I want to be accessible to my constituents and give them more opportunities to make their voices heard. I want to engage with them though social media, through my office and through hosting participatory events and by getting our more in my community. I want to staff my office with spokespeople from diverse sectors of the community (CALD, people with disability, First Nations People) so that people from these diverse groups feel like they are being represented, and to help inform policy ad decision making.
Sustainable Australia (ACT)ScottYoung
PartyFirst NameFamily NameDemocratic Commitment
ACT GreensAndrewBraddockY + "note: Under the rules of the ACT Greens, individual candidates and MLAs are not permitted to receive donations or gifts in their capacity as a party representative, so this will be a nil disclosure for all Greens candidates. All donations received and disclosed by the ACT Greens as a party will be done in accordance with both party rules and the intent of the ACT's laws despite their non- enforceability.
Animal Justice PartyBernieBrennan
Canberra LiberalsLeanneCastley
Canberra LiberalsAlistairCoe
IndependentHelenCross
ACT LaborTomFischer
ACT LaborDeepak-RajGupta
ACT GreensMainulHaqueY + "note: Under the rules of the ACT Greens, individual candidates and MLAs are not permitted to receive donations or gifts in their capacity as a party representative, so this will be a nil disclosure for all Greens candidates. All donations received and disclosed by the ACT Greens as a party will be done in accordance with both party rules and the intent of the ACT's laws despite their non- enforceability."
Labour DLPOliviaHelmore
Animal Justice PartyFrancineHorne
Australian Federation PartyMohammad MunirHussain
Sustainable Australia (ACT)JohnKearsley
IndependentFuxinLiY
Canberra LiberalsJamesMilligan
Canberra LiberalsKrishnaNadimpalli
ACT LaborSuzanneOrr
ACT LaborMichaelPettersson
ACT LaborGeorgiaPhillips
David Pollard IndependentDavidPollardY
David Pollard Independent PartyStephaniePollard
Canberra ProgressivesMikeStelzigY
Labour DLPBernieStrang
Canberra LiberalsJacobVadakkedathu
Canberra ProgressivesBethanyWilliamsY
Sustainable Australia (ACT)ScottYoung

Candidates by Electorate

Each Candidates' Completed Statements by Electorate

First NameSurnameParty / IndependentReceived?
Click YES to download statement
BethanyWilliamsCanberra ProgressivesYES
MikeStelzigCanberra ProgressivesYES
AndrewBraddockACT GreensYES
LeanneCastleyCanberra LiberalsN
AlastairCoeCanberra LiberalsN
TomFischerACT LaborN
Deepak-RajGuptaACT LaborN
JamesMilliganCanberra LiberalsN
KrishnaNadimpalliCanberra LiberalsN
SuzanneOrrACT LaborN
MichaelPetterssonACT LaborN
GeorgiaPhillipsACT LaborN
JacobVadakkedathuCanberra LiberalsN
MainulHaqueACT GreensYES
DavidPollardDavid Pollard Independent PartyYES
FuxinLiInedpendentYES
OliviaHelmoreLabour DLPN
BernieStrangLabour DLPN
JohnKearsleySustainable Australia (ACT)N
ScottYoungSustainable Australia (ACT)N
StephaniePollardDavid Pollard Independent PartyN
BernieBrennanAnimal Justice PartyN
FrancineHorneAnimal Justice PartyN
HelenCrossIndependentN

Do Candidate Statements change voting?

It seems they do.

Website visits goes up around election time (left hand graph) as people look at election related material. And candidates putting in a candidate statement receive more votes (blue lines in right hand two graphs).

Back to top of page

Maps in this webpage copyright of ACT Electoral Commission

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