The Blue Mountains Conservation Society has a long standing tradition of presenting candidates with a questionnaire to ascertain their position on key environmental issues.
Previous questionnaires for Federal, State and Council elections, and the candidates' response, can be found in our Past Campaigns.
For the 2019 NSW State Election, a questionnaire has been prepared for both the Blue Mountains and Penrith Electorates - Penrith, as part of the Lower Blue Mountains is in the Penrith Electorate. See the maps on the Candidates webpage.
Our questionnaire defines the Society's environmental issues and gives candidates the opportunity to communicate with the electorates of the Blue Mountains on these vital topics.
On Friday 7th December, the Questionnaire was sent to candidates for the major parties.
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Additionally, we said that If asked, we would provide our questionnaire to candidates from the minor parties and independents who nominate, and would include their response and a profile on our website. Only the Animal Justice Party's candidate for the Blue Mountains (Greg Keightley) took up that offer.
The Society realises that election campaigns are not static and that both party and personal positions on issues can change over time. As such, we said we would allow candidates to revise their response.
Responses closed on 20th February.
We received responses from the Labor, Liberal and Greens candidates for both the Blue Mountains and Penrith Electorates, as well as the Animal Justice Party's candidate for the Blue Mountains (Greg Keightley).
The Liberal candidates' response was a NSW Government response from the Minister for the Environment (Gabrielle Upton, MP). It doesn't follow the layout of the questionnaire and is more of a statement to the various questionnaire headings and is therefore hard to compare and evaluate. We have included it as best we can.
Responses received are set out, by electorate, as follows -