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ACT Election Candidates – How Low Will They Stoop?

By Jean Mc - 8 October 2008 80

All’s not fair in politics.

Driving home today along Athllon Drive I see four campaign signs from Joy Burch (Labor candidate for Brindabella) strewn along the roadside.  That made me pretty angry. 

This senseless vandalism is getting ridiculous.  I heard that one candidate last week had every single sign stolen from around the electorate.  These signs are not cheap and if your campaign budget is small, like Joy’s, each one is very valuable.

It’s one thing to strategically place your sign to obscure that of an opponent at a shopping centre or ring the Rangers to complain about someone’s sign inappropriately placed – that’s strategy – taking advantage of the opponent’s poor choice.

Vandalism (like plagiarism) is the choice of the stupid, the lazy, and those incapable of waging a clever campaign based on sound policy, good marketing and solid community relationships.

But it’s not just that.  Joy doesn’t have rich business backers or a wealthy husband backing her campaign.  She doesn’t have a high profile from years in the public eye.  She isn’t a sitting member with a nice salary to build an election nest egg. 

Joy relies on meagre funds from generous supporters (many of whom can ill-afford it) and the support of friends and family to keep her campaign going.  If Joy has any chance at all in the election it will be from sheer hard work on things like the campaign to save the Wanniassa Medical Centre.

She’s a good person and it’s a disgrace to treat her this way.

You’d think that elections would bring out the best that parties have to offer.  What I’m seeing is the worst of some people and I don’t think it’s the last.

All I can say is that if people are so frightened of someone like Joy who’s just a nice, hardworking person that they have to stoop to this sort of activity – they deserve a resounding defeat on October 18.

PS: I’m a Labor Party member and NOT on Joy’s campaign team and don’t know her that well.  Of course I’m a little biased but I’m a lot angry.

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80 Responses to
ACT Election Candidates – How Low Will They Stoop?
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D-Man 11:19 am
08 Oct 08
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Right now there’s a ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner hanging at the Young Libs Flying Squad HQ.

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Woody Mann-Caruso 11:27 am
08 Oct 08
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If her campaign’s success hinges on four signs, she’s got bigger problems.

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PM 11:27 am
08 Oct 08
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Val Jeffrey apparently got the number plate of the car which took all his – let’s hope the person is caught. Until there’s proof, accusing Young Libs or otherwise is just plain troublemaking.

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Thumper 11:29 am
08 Oct 08
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Appalling.

I noticed some of the Jacquie Myers (sp?) signs had been flattened the other day. probably kids on treadlies but who knows?

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OliverCromwell 11:31 am
08 Oct 08
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Unfortunately the “Young Libs Flying Squad” doesn’t actually exist. There would be something along the lines of 10 actual young libs, and 30-40 stacks. Goodness knows they wouldn’t be helping out Smyth and Pratt in Brindabella.
(former lib chiming in for the sake of accuracy)

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Granny 11:31 am
08 Oct 08
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Jean Mc, I understand your concern for your friend, but there is no evidence it was other candidates that did this whatsoever. The other story here today about points for corflutes would seem to indicate that perhaps the other candidates are the least likely perpetrators.

As for the comment, “All’s not fair in politics,” that just makes me want to laugh, I’m afraid. When did you realise this?

I suspect most of the candidates suffer from a similar lack of funds. I think Johnboy and Gungahlin Al have already mentioned on different threads that they don’t have the kind of money sitting around that it would take to stand for election. Most people wouldn’t.

This lady does sound very sweet and nice, but if she’s going to take this so hard how on earth will she survive in the assembly?

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OliverCromwell 11:34 am
08 Oct 08
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Actually, I don’t think it would be another candidate. Back when they had us running around grabbing “Getup” coreflutes they got us to *take* them entirely, with the stakes intact so we’d be able to use them and so they couldn’t just put them back up(since they were gone entirely, not just knocked over).
Leaving them sitting on the ground is silly.

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LG 11:45 am
08 Oct 08
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maybe Joy didn’t use enough sticky tape?

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D-Man 11:45 am
08 Oct 08
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OliverCromwell said :

Unfortunately the “Young Libs Flying Squad” doesn’t actually exist. There would be something along the lines of 10 actual young libs, and 30-40 stacks. Goodness knows they wouldn’t be helping out Smyth and Pratt in Brindabella.
(former lib chiming in for the sake of accuracy)

Unfortunately they do actually exit, and have As a fellow traveller you may be interested in signing up. Registration form available here:

http://www.actyoungliberals.org.au/flyingsquad.html

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D-Man 11:47 am
08 Oct 08
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apologies for that gobbledygook post above

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Tonka 12:24 pm
08 Oct 08
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yes appalling indeed… tsk tsk.

Four signs being knocked over is truly an outrage of immense proportions.

This outrage is truly a sign that society is crumbling into anarchy.

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Jean Mc 12:27 pm
08 Oct 08
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Thanks for your thoughts.

I think I made it pretty clear that I don’t think Joy’s campaign would hinge on four signs. I don’t know if she’s as cranky as me.

You might be right that it may not be candidates doing this but I’ve seen enough mean tricks to believe that it is.

I haven’t pointed the finger at who I think it is. There are many possibilities from a number of groups.

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jakez 12:28 pm
08 Oct 08
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D-Man said :

OliverCromwell said :

Unfortunately the “Young Libs Flying Squad” doesn’t actually exist. There would be something along the lines of 10 actual young libs, and 30-40 stacks. Goodness knows they wouldn’t be helping out Smyth and Pratt in Brindabella.
(former lib chiming in for the sake of accuracy)

Unfortunately they do actually exit, and have

As a fellow traveller you may be interested in signing up. Registration form available here:

http://www.actyoungliberals.org.au/flyingsquad.html

So did you not actually read his post?

Despite Oliver Cromwell’s snooty (or should that be ‘sooty’) understating of the actual numbers, his charge is accurate.

It is one thing to put a membership form (from months ago) up on a website. It is another thing entirely to have a flying squad in operation.

Personally if I were to target another candidates corflutes, in this Hare-Clarke system I’d probably go after someone from my own Party. It’s not my style though (I even got out and fixed one of Mulcahy’s in Garran, despite not being the biggest fan).

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deye 12:32 pm
08 Oct 08
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simple, remove all of the signs from everyone. Just an eyesore.

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Mrshmellowman 12:39 pm
08 Oct 08
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I agree that the signs are an eyesore and I have my doubts about their effectiveness.
Please tell me that nobody decides who to vote for based on the pictures on those sad little future landfillers

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