State Elections

Summary

Democracy cannot function without communication. If voters are to make informed choices among candidates, they must have the opportunity to learn about candidates’ policy positions. During the last two State Elections PMAT surveyed candidates to ask their position on planning.

PMAT's Key Concerns

  1. No compulsory requirement for all State Election candidates to provide their contact details to the Tasmanian Electoral Commission. Obtaining candidate email addresses by the community is difficult, time consuming and in many instances impossible within election timeframes. Democracy cannot function without communication. To make informed choices among candidates, voters must be able to contact candidates to learn about their policy positions.

  2. Political donations are unregulated in Tasmania, undermining democracy. Property developers and their associates for example, can donate to political parties and candidates unlike in NSW, QLD and ACT.

PMAT's Key Recommendations

  1. All election candidates must provide their contact details (at minimum their email address), to the Tasmanian Electoral Commission. To make informed choices among candidates, voters must be able to contact candidates to learn about their policy positions.

  2. All State Election candidates’ contact details (at minimum their email addresses), must be made publicly available by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission, in a timely and easily accessible format e.g. by both spreadsheet and PDF.

  3. Reform electoral funding ensuring integrity, transparency and accountability. Prohibit property developers and their associates from making political donations to political parties and candidates, as in NSW, ACT and QLD. Ensure there are no loopholes such as donating through charitable structures. Banning property developer donations to political parties and candidates will reduce the risk of corruption.tural Heritage Protection Act would protect Aboriginal Cultural heritage.

Background

Legislative Election Candidate Survey Results on their position on DAPs

State Election 2024

Legislative Candidates Survey

The State Government has proposed a developer friendly development assessment and approval process for World Heritage Areas, National Parks and other Reserves as well as for all urban/private land across Tasmania.

Legislative Council elections were held on 4 May 2024 in the seats of Elwick, Hobart and Prosser.  All 16 candidates across the three seats were contacted by PMAT with an email inviting them to undertake a survey on their position on DAPs (Development Assessment Panels).

View Legislative Council survey results here.

House of Assembly Candidates Survey

A State election was held on 23 March 2024 for all House of Assembly seats. PMAT surveyed 160 of the 167 State Election Candidates on their position on DAPs.

Only 26 candidates completed our survey.

NO surveys were returned by candidates for the Liberal Party, Labor Party or the Jacquie Lambie Network. Only lead candidates for the Greens returned surveys.

View House of Assembly survey results here.

State Election 2021

Defending Tasmanian's Right to Have a Say

In the May 1 2021 State Election, PMAT sought a commitment from all candidates, via our ground breaking Do Gooder online campaign ‘Defend Tasmanian's right to have a say’, for stronger planning rules and regulations which better reflect community expectations and protect our Tasmanian brand. Our Do Gooder email campaign focused on three key areas:

  1. The potential of removing planning from local Councils

Creating a new fast track process to implement the Tasmanian Planning Scheme putting the places that you love at risk.

  1. Precluding the ability for third parties to appeal developments by making appeals prohibitively expensive
  2. In total, 348 people emailed their candidates to confirm the position of candidates regarding PMAT’s three key election issues. 

PMAT's Planning Policy 2018 State Election Scorecard

State Election 2018

TV Ad and Crowd Fund Video - Residential Standards – Your Back Yard

PMAT’s TV ad and crowdfund video highlights failings of the residential standards of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme: Do you hold dear your home’s privacy, sunshine and neighbourhood character? Your voice, sunshine and privacy are at stake under new planning laws. 

In urban areas smaller block sizes, higher buildings built closer to fences, and multi-unit developments in all residential areas are allowed. Neighbourhood amenity and character, privacy and sunlight into your backyard and garden, home and on your solar panels are not adequately protected. Rights to challenge inappropriate developments are very limited. The General Residential standards allow 100% concrete and roof with reduced setbacks and no guarantee of public comment. This also impacts biodiversity and creates a flood risk and heat island effects.

View the video on Youtube here.

Election Scorecard

Under the Liberals' new planning laws, you could have no say over commercial developments in your favourite national park or skycrapers in town.

PMAT's Planning Policy 2018 State Election Scorecard - so voters could determine where political parties and candidates stand on planning issues and how the Liberals' new planning laws could harm Tasmania's precious way of life and the areas we live, work and play in.

 

 

 

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