Election campaign? Tangney election wrap by @GuinevereHall

  By Guinevere Hall 2 September, 2013 I recently discussed the election with my 19 year old hair dresser after I remarked that she would be voting for the first time. She only enrolled when sent a notice saying she was going to be fined. Her colleague called out, “It’s only  $20”, to which she swore and wished she hadn’t bothered. So how would she vote? “What’s the choice? I’ll just ask my parents who they vote for and just do that.” I explained that our current representative for Tangney was Dennis Jensen, who didn’t think climate change was real and refused to participate in the apology to the Stolen […]

MIA Labor candidate Luke Willis finally speaks up, but no funds and no chance in Tangney

By Guinevere Hall August 18, 2013 I was ready to write my missing-in-action piece when the elusive Labor candidate for Tangney in Western Australia Luke Willis finally made contact. There had been numerous emails and weeks of silence but then he agreed to meet for an interview. We met at a local café in Riverton and he had an explanation. The young Labor candidate had been busy with his medical studies – he is in his third year and has recently being doing his GP placement. Mr Willis, 20, was nervous at first and did admit to little apprehension about the interview, but he soon warmed up. Luke Willis says he […]

Tangney seniors say no to boats, wary of NBN, not convinced about Abbott’s appeal

By Guinevere Hall August 16, 2013 On Wednesday morning I joined more than 40 constituents for a morning tea hosted by Dennis Jensen, the sitting Liberal member for Tangney. Over cups of tea and coffee and scones and muffins, the  group  of mostly senior citizens and supporters listened to Dr Jensen speak and questioned him for more an hour.  Afterwards there was mingling and one-on-one chats with the MP. The coalition’s Stop the Boats campaign was their chief concern, with many expressing misgivings about the slowness of the processing of asylum seekers and the fact that very few who arrive actually get returned. The group very much supported the policy, […]

Australian Christians hope to gain clout by overtaking Greens as third force in Tangney

by Guinevere Hall August 10, 2013 I emailed John Wieske, candidate for the Australian Christians party in Tangney, some weeks ago to arrange an interview. The reply came from the media relations manager of the Australian Christians asking for written questions. I have not been able to meet or speak with John, so I can only present the questions and answers here. Q. What is your background? A. I am a devoted family man, married to my wife Patricia, and together we are parents to 11 children, aged between the ages of 23 and 8.  A builder by trade, I recently ran as a candidate for Australian Christians at the […]

Jensen skips climate forum, but takes questions from our reporter at tea

Guinevere Hall August 8, 2013 On Monday night I attended a Climate Round Table forum to be chaired by Professor Fiona Stanley with three panellists, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Labor candidate for Perth Alannah MacTiernan, and Liberal Dennis Jensen, my local member in the seat of Tangney. Dr Jensen is a well-known climate sceptic and I was keen to report more on his views. I was impressed that he had agreed to appear at the forum, which was well attended and mainly by people who seemed to be supporters of the Greens. I expected fireworks. Unfortunately, amid calls of “shame, shame”, it was announced that Dr Jensen had withdrawn and […]

PUP’s Tangney candidate Wayne Driver: @GuinevereHall interview

By Guinevere Hall 7 August 2013 I met with the genial Wayne Driver on a wet and windy day at a cafe in Canning Vale. He was excited to be interviewed; as a minor party candidate in a safe seat he doesn’t get attention from mainstream media. He came across as a genuine, down-to earth family man concerned with grassroots issues that affect people he comes across in as SNF Australia Accounts Manager. He said he had notified his party about the interview, but if the answer had been no he would have done it anyway. Who is Wayne Driver? I am a sales rep by trade working for the […]

Dennis Jensen explains how carbon abatement will send us broke and why he’d resist a consensus on gay marriage

By Guinevere Hall 29 July2013 I must confess to some apprehension about interviewing Dennis Jensen. Having done some research on him and followed his Twitter account, I was a little concerned he would be as aggressive in person as he seems online. Dr Jensen is a big user of social media, openly dismissive of those he counts as ”lefties”, and is belligerent and fairly controversial in his beliefs on climate change, the Stolen Generation and nuclear energy. I was determined not to be confrontational about these well-known stances. I was reassured, in making the appointment for our interview, when his very personable policy adviser Sean Conway noted that Dr Jensen had […]

The Greens face in Tangney: @GuinevereHall interview

By Guinevere Hall 25 July 2013 I spoke by phone with Peter Best, the Greens candidate for Tangney, and he was very generous with his time and his thoughts. Peter was also the candidate in the 2010 election and achieved 13.49% of the votes, a swing of 5.2% mainly away from the Labor candidate. Peter has recently sold his data storage business. He he considers himself a business manager but is currently working from home – just enough to fund his main passion which is community involvement, He is currently coaching a local sports team, was a South Perth City Councillor for 4 years and has a personal blog about the […]

No Fibs Tangney reporter @GuinevereHall tees up candidates interviews

By Guinevere Hall 24 July 2013 Scene-setter: Welcome to Tangney Country I have spent the last couple of weeks trying to contact candidates for the Federal seat of Tangney. I spent a lot of time googling or calling state offices to find out who these people even were. Of course I didn’t bother with the local member, who is very easy to contact and google online. I have left contacting Dennis Jensen till last for another reason too. I felt I needed to practice my citizen journalism skills on the mainly new candidates before taking on the big guns. My first stop was the AEC website, which listed all except the Greens candidate. […]

Welcome to Tangney country: @GuinevereHall reports from WA

View Larger Map Seat Profile By Guinevere Hall 19 July 2013 The federal seat of Tangney was named after Dame Dorothy Tangney, the first woman elected to the Australian Senate. She was a Labor member of parliament committed to an agenda of social reform, which included extending federal powers over social services and instituting Commonwealth assistance in education. Tangney is currently a safe liberal seat held by Dr Dennis Jensen with a 12.3% margin. My name is Guinevere Hall and I’m an economic refugee from New Zealand who arrived in Australia as an 11 year old. My husband, three daughters and I recently moved into the electorate of Tangney, primarily for […]