I've had the first response to my candidate survey, from Hamish McCracken, the Labour candidate for East Coast Bays. His full response is below (questions in bold):
If you could ensure the passage of one act on one issue in the next Parliament, what would it be?
I would like to see a range of public health measures promoted to encourage healthy eating among school age and pre school children. This would range from support, education and labelling regimes to help parents and a set of guidelines about what foods should and should not be available in public institutions such as schools and hospitals. There is strong evidence that this would have positive long term implications for both quality of life and costs in the health system.
What three other electoral candidates or sitting MPs do you think are most similar to you in their political views?
Lynne Pilay, Tim Barnett and Russell Fairbrother.
MMP is about coalitions: What sitting MP who is NOT in your party do you think is most similar to you in their political views?
Do you support or oppose:
...raising the drinking age?
No I would advocate public education rather than legislative change.
...legalising marijuana (or pharmaceuticals based on it) for medical use?
...decriminalising or legalising marijuana for recreational use?
Decriminalising yes, legalising no.
...allowing same-sex couples to adopt children?
...amending the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to marry?
...allowing voluntary euthanasia or physician assisted suicide?
...state funding of integrated schools?
...the retention of sedition as a crime in the Crimes Act?
This needs to be reviewed.
...the retention of blasphemous libel as a crime in the Crimes Act?
This needs to be reviewed.
...further restrictions on hate speech?
Very cautiously yes. I would want to pay very close attention to the wording of any legislation that might reduce the freedom of expression we enjoy.
...the use of indefinite detention without trial for those subject to a security risk certificate?
...restoring the death penalty for serious crime?
...Georgina Beyer's Human Rights (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill?
...Gordon Copeland's New Zealand Bill of Rights (Private Property Rights) Amendment Bill?
...entrenching the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act as supreme law?
No but more because our entrenchment procedure lack any real teeth making the process a waste of parliamentary time.
...New Zealand's participation in the International Criminal Court?
...lowering MMP's threshold from the present 5%?
With the benefit of hindsight, how should the government have handled the Ahmed Zaoui case?
The government acted on the best advice available and should always do so as a matter of course. What is important is that we live in a country where people have the right to challenge the government in court and win.
Hopefully it will be the first of many...
Update: Added question 3, on coalitions.