Hear me out: Canberra needs more politicians

Hear me out: Canberra needs more politicians
Thursday 28 March 2024

Dr Kim Huynh has written a piece for the Canberra Times. 
Hear me out: Canberran needs politicians! But not like the ones that we have already.
28 March 2024 

"Tasmanians also have a Governor. So too should the ACT, although they need not be regal related. For now, let’s call that person “The Canberran”.

The Canberran could be an artist, athlete or activist. They need not be well known but should be well-regarded and have a track record of giving it up for the ACT. They would have charm, presence and be able to give a banging good speech. Their job would be to turn up at official
events and do everything they can to help us love one another and in turn love the Territory.

The Canberran should be appointed by a 75% special majority of the Legislative Assembly. Their salary could be pegged to the ACT’s medium income so that we can be confident that they are doing it for the right reasons. And their terms should be limited so that they don’t become too powerful or political.

The Canberran would liberate ACT parliamentarians from ribbon cutting and other official events, allowing them to focus more on running the ACT and representing their electorates. Government members would also have less opportunity to use events as platforms for campaigning."
The full article can be read below.


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