Have you ever had an affair? Visited a sex shop or a bar with strippers? Spoken out against the Liberal party? Been bankrupt? Or investigated by ICAC?
BuzzFeed News has obtained a leaked copy of the questionnaire, which is given to candidates by the NSW Liberal Nomination Review Committee (NRC).
Headed by outgoing member for Berowra, Philip Ruddock, and North Sydney member, Trent Zimmermann, the committee's main job is to scrutinise every Liberal who puts their hand up for pre-selection to find any scandals that could be used to discredit or blackmail them.
Because this is a double dissolution election, that means that ALL MPs from the House of Representatives and the Senate will be forced to go through the process.
The questions are designed to get candidates to reveal anything that could be used to blackmail them – criminal record, drink driving, assault charges, AVOs, civil proceedings, sexual harassment, drug addiction, and more.
View the full document here.
In the section marked "personal", candidates are asked:
"Have you ever had any sexual encounters or relations, which if they became public, would adversely impact on your candidature?"
"Are there any issues in relation to your marriage (current or previous), family and /or personal relationships that if they were to become public may have an adverse impact on your candidature?"
Candidates also have to disclose any mental or physical health issues that might affect their ability to participate in the campaign, serve as an MP for a full term, or embarrass the party.
One question that could cause problems for Senator Arthur Sinodinos concerns the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
Another question asks whether candidates have ever expressed critical opinions of a state or federal Liberal government, including in a letter to the editor, speech, email or social media post.
A senior Liberal source told BuzzFeed News that although all NSW Liberal candidates standing at this election will go through the motions of answering these questions, it’s unlikely the NRC would seriously question any high profile party figures who are running for office.
So, would you pass the test? Let's see how you stack up against some prominent Liberals.
I might have gotten caught on my phone once or twice.Via ThinkstockI would never.Via Thinkstock
Nah, I get my kicks elsewhere.Where else am I meant to get my dildos from?
Honestly who has time for that.Via Channel 4Me. I have time for that. And am fully up to date.Via Thinkstock
Yeah, it's happened.Via ThinkstockDollar dollar bills y'all.Via Thinkstock
Fuuuuuuuck. Yes, I have.Via ThinkstockNah I've never been mad online.Via Thinkstock
I would rather do literally anything else.Via ThinkstockYes, I am outraged.Via Thinkstock
Sure it does.Via ThinkstockUhhhh... let me check that.Via Thinkstock
Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.
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