A LIBERAL CANDIDATE STANDS IN CUNNINGHAM July 31, 2004Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
The Liberal Party has endorsed its hopeful candidate for the first seat in Australia to elect a Green member of the House of Representatives.
John Larter is a local from Thirroul.He has Bill Heffernan support, along with other inconsequential liberal politicians. More interestingly he apparently has sporting mates.
Best wishes in the spirit of liberal democracy to the new candidate. It gets more interesting all the time. John is thinking long term, and is going to keep standing at local and federal seats until he is elected. Somewhat of a change from a former candidate, who declared after his defeat that the whole experience was dis-spiriting and he would never stand again. Our Liberal candidate has the opportunity to take his view and beliefs to his fellow citizens – supported by the national presidential campaign.
UPDATE: Anthony Green has his description of the Cunningham electorate, the candidates and the most recent election results here, including booth results, well known to the political parties, but not so accessible to the public. Cunningham is fairly typical of our generally large and diverse electorates, as was evidenced by the recent descriptions of Werriwa and Bennelong on the ABC. Despite all the inherent difficulties, not least the constitutional ones, I am an advocate of more local electorates. Smaller electorates, say 40,000 in size, I suggest are more expression of local concerns and more democratic, and less driven by the inevitable media circus and distortion that we are the unhappy witness to.