On September 12th OurSay and Crikey.com.au hosted a live web broadcast with key independents MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor who responded to the top questions on the "Grill the Independents" forum.
Listen to the webcast through the Crikey.com.au podcast here.
“Given that the majority of Australians now support marriage equality for same-sex couples, as indicated by polls and the unprecedented submissions supporting marriage equality in the parliamentary inquiries, how will you vote when the legislation comes before parliament and how do you explain your stance? Should all Australians be given the same legal and social rights, and not discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation?”
“ME (sometimes derogatorily referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome) affects about 90 000 Australians on current prevalence rates. It can be lifelong, severe to the point of needing help with personal care and costs the community hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Despite this, the Federal Government through the National Health and Medical Research Council has only ever funded one significant medical research project into the illness. Why is more not being done?”