CAP CANDIDATES FOR 2016 ACT ELECTION
On Saturday 15 October 2016 you will have an important decision to make. You will be voting for candidates to represent you in the ACT Legislative Assembly.
I am standing as a candidate for the Community Alliance Party, Canberra's fourth oldest political party. I want to represent you in the new Electorate of Murrumbidgee. If I am elected, my pledge is to ensure:
* the ACT government is accountable to you;
I have a strong record of positive community involvement for over 25 years. I have led many local non-profit community groups, sporting and small business. I am trusted and respected. I deliver tangible outcomes for my community. My community achievements include introducing Canberra's first Community Bank branches at Calwell and Wanniassa and laid the foundations to include Curtin. This community driven commercial initiative:
* created local employment opportunities with salaries in excess of $500,000 remaining in the community;
I also chaired a community group alliance - the Tuggeranong Community Council, Valley FM, the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Lake Tuggeranong College, The Vikings Group, and Communities@Work - to persuade the ACT and Federal governments to design, fund and construct an outdoor performing stage in Tuggeranong Town Park.
As the immediate past President of Tuggeranong Festival (serving a record ten years), I led it through a growth period of increasing community group participation levels from 30 to over 65 groups, stallholder participation from 12 to over 95 and sponsors from 15 to over 30. The Festival is a respected annual free-to-the community family event which carries the motto of bringing the community together.
As Convener of Brindabella Residents' Group, I have made submissions to the ACT Land Development Agency on the future planning of the Woden Town Centre to make it a vibrant and revitalised town centre with adequate facilities and services, eg. an art gallery.
The ACT election in October 2016 is all about you and your needs and expectations of your elected representatives. Please, let me be part of making where we choose to live a better and more enriched, informed and empowered community.
For further information on Election Commitments of the Community Alliance Party see
CAP ELECTION COMMITTMENT FOR ACT ELECTION 2016
Election Commitments – Community Alliance Party as at 29 September 2016
Community Alliance Party candidate for Murrumbidgee, Michael Lindfield said, "minor party's in the ACT can make a positive, significant and responsible difference in the ACT Legislative Assembly by bringing fresh and innovative ideas, solutions to government policy making, diversity and protect the interests of ordinary AC Territorian mums and dads, working families, the aged and disadvantaged, youth and small businesses.
"As a grass roots party we are in tune with the small issues that impact on the community. The feedback from door knocking my electorate of Murrumbidgee is a general distrust of the ACT Labor Greens Compact – that they have dropped the ball on public consultations on many important issues, including leadership – and the Canberra Liberals inability to offer solutions and add positive value to debating the needs and expectations of the electorate.
"The Community Alliance Party is a middle of the political spectrum, progressive and considers innovative ideas to do things better for the community particularly in the areas of accountability, transparency and value for rate and tax payers' money. We are guided by achieving outcomes through LISTENING, community consultation, reasoned persuasion and influence. We are a party that will enable the Government of the day pass its budget and in return expect it to engage in extensive community consultation on major budget commitments.
The election commitments CAP has announced so far include:
Review the ACT Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012
Strengthen ACT workplace bullying and harassment legal regime
Strengthen domestic violence administrative processes
Reform the ACT Tattoo Industry
Relocate Floriade to Tuggeranong Town Park and Lake Tuggeranong Foreshore
Review ACT Land Development Agency and abolish the ACT Minister for Planning 'call-in' powers
– introduce a robust penalty system whereby the ACTLDA could be fined (payable to development proponents) if it does not meet key performance areas within a specified time frame(s) when dealing with the general public and businesses; and
– abolish the ACT Planning Minister's "call-in" powers under current planning legislation.
Lower the cost of pharmaceuticals and industry deregulation
Establish an ACT Office for Men's Health and Well-being
Review the ACT funeral industry for market competition and reduce costs
Review of ACT Ambulance Service
CAP may consider, following extensive community consultations over an 18 month period, a detailed and transparent feasibility study undertaken by the private sector and reviewed by an independent probity auditor, a light rail from Canberra International Airport to Civic with construction (also undertake by the private sector) of a world class state-of-the-art National Convention Centre comprising luxury accommodation facilities, stylish boutique restaurants and adjoining entertainment facilities and infrastructure. The cost to benefits ratios may be more attractive in recouping the private sector funded light rail costs.
Introduce Medi-PhamaCare speciality clinic pilots for Kambah and Weston Creek areas
CAP will initiate improvements to the existing walk–in clinic philosophy by piloting Medi-PharmaCare Specialtiy Centres at Kambah and Weston Creek specifically for older residents and for young families.
The centres will use existing vacant buildings and provide care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries and operate between the hours of 9 pm to 9 am seven days a week including holidays. Staffed by registered nurses and nurse practitioners in specialised fields who can diagnose, treat and prescribe medication as well as help with birth control or breast feeding issues and provide free immunisations. The services envisaged include treatment of:
Respiratory and cardiovascular stabilisation
Poker machine community contributions to increase to 20 per cent under Community Alliance Party plan & insist on stronger reporting requirements
Charity and welfare groups, including those helping to combat gambling addiction, would receive a minimum of 10 per cent to carry out their much needed work in the community.
Under the Community Alliance Party plan the clubs' 'cash to community' contributions would increase incrementally as follows:
Year 1 (2016-17): from 8 per cent to 10 per cent;
Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley residents needs are a priority for CAP
Construct a new Weston Creek regional community centre with public library (e.g. a multipurpose and inter-generational community centre; a venue where young and old can interact in a safe and friendly environment. This would include a public library, creative facilities, and perhaps a café);
A Woden Concourse could include a combined concert hall, art centre, and theatre complex with rehearsal and studio space. An outdoor urban screen with a full program of free public entertainment including digital art, open-air cinema, live sporting events, news and national events, and live broadcasts of sold out performances would attract substantial crowds and help to spark a lively European-style nightlife.
Funds are available from the $48 million the ACT government received from the Federal Government in 2016-17 under its Financial Assistance Grant programme to support better infrastructure for Canberra residents.
AccountabilityProblem: The mainstream parties are not open and accountable. Recent changes in campaign finances allow vested interests to pay for political influence to the disadvantage of the wider community.
Solution: We will hold the major parties to account and keep them honest. We will initiate legislation that repeals the expanded provision for campaign contributions. We will legislate for an ACT corruption watchdog with the power to address sleaze, maladministration and cronyism which are rife in ACT government.
Problem: ACT quality of life is affected by government neglect. Waterways are polluted, suburban shopping centres are run down, and sporting ovals are overgrown. Outsourced services are often expensive, inefficient and unaccountable.
Problem: Vulnerable groups in the ACT do not receive sufficient resources.
Problem: Public schools are not adequately funded compared to private schools in the ACT.
Law and order
Problem: Putting offenders in jail perpetuates criminality.
Problem: The ACT has reached its maximum carrying capacity. Because of overpopulation we already have water restrictions, less affordable housing, rush hour traffic jams, disappearing green space, longer queues for health services, increased pollution and declining biodiversity.
Sport and recreation
Problem: Sporting facilities are not properly maintained by the government. There are insufficient facilities in the ACT to cater for a variety of sports, for example motor racing.
Problem: The bus service is underutilised which is discourages the government to provide better services. Canberrans rely on private transport which causes pollution and traffic jams in peak hours.