Clarence candidates take to Facebook to answer questions
CANDIDATES contesting the seat of Clarence in next month's NSW election have been unanimous in their vote of support for a Facebook page that allows them to directly answer questions from voters.
All five candidates have joined the page, which was launched as a social media experiment by Clarence Valley councillor and Grafton High School teacher Craig Howe.
"It was always going to be interesting to see if all the candidates came on board," Mr Howe said.
"I think the local member, Chris Gulaptis was the last one to get involved.
"But it's great to see all five on there and I think it gives the page a lot more credibility because of that."
Mr Howe said the Clarence Electorate 2015 election meet the candidates page was an example of how important social media has become in public life.
"It's like a meet the candidates night, but one you can reach the candidates any time of the day," Mr Howe said.
He has also been pleased with the way voters have used the page.
"Apart from a couple instances, people have pretty much stuck to the rules," he said.
1. Be polite
2. Ask questions relevant to the state election
3. When question is answered it is not an opportunity to then tip in. This is for Q and A only.
4. Candidates avoid attacking each other. People are interested in your answer or stand on an issue, not how bad you think the others are.
5. New questions to be new threads. Followups are ok.
6. No rants
7. See 1