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A question for Grill the Independents

Saturday 25 August 2012


ParliamentSociety member Peter Evans tells us:


Dear Colleagues,

There is a live question-and-answer broadcast with the Federal Parliament independents on 12 September. The 3 most popular questions (by voting) on a website will be put to the independents on the day. The website can be found at:

I have put up a question about the lack of medical research funding for ME by the Federal Government. Could I please ask for votes for the question, and that you to alert all patients/supporters who might also assist us? The 3rd most popular question currently [as of 16 August] only has 120 votes and we only have to get ahead of this for the question to be put to the 5 people keeping the government in power.

Many Thanks


Peter's question was the second-most popular yesterday (Friday 23 August). Here is the text of Peter's question:


"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?"


You can vote for Peter's question here.


About Grill the Independents:



They’re the political queen-makers who hold the future of the government in their hands. They make or break legislation; they are the news. They’re the lower house independents, and here’s your chance to ask them whatever you like.

Crikey and OurSay are hosting a live web broadcast with the independents on September 12. Post your questions to the independents on, and vote for your favourite questions while you’re there. Trending questions will be profiled in Crikey each week from August 13th. The three most popular questions will be put to the independents by Crikey’s Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane. Voting ends on September 7 at 5pm.


Grill the Independents can be found here.



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