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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]