11 June 2016: With the close of nominations and release of candidate information, this post has been replaced with new information in this blog post.
It can be quite difficult to determine the contact details for candidates in Federal Elections. Candidates are quite willing to deliver brochures to your letter box, but not always so willing to make themselves available to answer questions.
Why should I contact my local candidates?
When you vote you are voting for the candidates in your electorate. It is important that you know the candidates views on the issues that matter to you and your family. Take a few minutes to look up their details and telephone or e-mail them to find out their views and whether they are someone you might vote for.
To help you, RACV has identified its priorities for transport infrastructure and policies. When you speak to your local candidates, ask them what they will be doing to fix transport issues within your community, and across Victoria.
What contact information must candidates provide?
It is actually up to the candidates about whether they provide a street address, telephone number or e-mail address to enable people to contact them during the campaign.
Where can I obtain contact information?
Guides are available that can help you identify the candidates in your electorate, and how to contact them.
The first is the Keep Australia Moving website that has a handy tool for you to email the candidatesin the major parties in your Federal seat, to send them a message about the transport issues that matter to you and your family.
The second is the website of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). After the close of nominations, the AEC publishes a list of candidates in each seat, along with the contact information that candidates have chosen to make public. For the 2016 Federal Election, the Declaration of Candidate Nominations will be after midday on Friday 10th June.
Another source is Wikipedia. Contributors to Wikipedia’s candidate page are already tracking media statements and party information about who the candidates may be. There are detailed profiles and links to personal websites for some candidates.
Some of the major parties have published online directories for their candidates (parties are listed in alphabetical order).
Take the time to find out who your candidates are before you vote. RACV has also published a guide to whether you may be eligible to vote early. You can also like the Keep Australia Moving Facebook page to keep up with transport issues in the 2016 Federal Election.
(Updated 8 June 2016)
Written by Dave Jones, Manager Roads and Traffic
May 11, 2016