Your “joint” effort in the Candidates for Solomon debate seemed to suggest that only 4 candidates are standing in Solomon, where in fact there are 11 on the ballot. Lib, Lab, a Green and an Indie were presented, the latter two only because the main actors had only 30 minutes to spare before running off elsewhere. While Griggs tried to buy votes with our money, Labs’ Gosling had plenty of ammo to attack Griggs’ “average” aspirational wealth and wavering connections to the local conservative clowns.
Advertised as a Candidates for Solomon debate, was no consultation or acknowledgment with other minor party candidates necessary? With the seemingly systematic reversal of promises made in our tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee two party monopoly, is our democracy just turning out the fat hogs and bringing the leans ones?
If the unacknowledged “magnificent seven” and the presented independent were to all exchange preferences on the ballot and left the “parties” last in Griggs, Gosling and Greens, ie: 11, 10 and 9, a message or a messenger might just wake up the engineers of consent to the truth that you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
Candidate for Solomon
Marijuana (HEMP) Party
Sent to the NT NEWS Friday 24th June 2016