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And the winner of the 2012 election is… Katy Gallagher

By 2 November 2012 115

Shane has spoken.

More details to come.


Shane will be taking a Ministry.


Greens to support Liberals for the Speakership.


Which ministry to be determined by the Labor Caucus process. Good thing Shane likes the arts.


Shane to be bound by Cabinet unless he absents himself from voting.


We’re being promised the Greenest government in the country.


“Light Rail? We’re going to do it!”. Works in 2015.


Video of the press conference coming.


The Greens’ statement is now available.

“At the heart of my decision is the guarantee to progress a range of policies that are key to the Greens and key to creating a sustainable and progressive ACT,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“These include the major policy outcomes of:

· Progressing a light rail network for Canberra;
· Cleaning up Canberra’s lakes;
· Delivering the ACT’s 40% climate change target, with 90% renewables by 2020;
· Implementing the ‘Gonski’ education reforms and;
· Combating homelessness through “Common Ground” project in the ACT.


News24 video now available.

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Stay classy Labor:


Here’s the Parliamentary Agreement:


Liberal Senator Gary Humphries is having a bit of a dummy spit.

Liberal Senator for the ACT, Gary Humphries, said today that “the Labor-Greens alliance in the ACT was overwhelmingly rejected by Canberrans in the recent elections, yet Katy Gallagher and her team has rewarded this failure by appointing the last Green standing and former activist, Mr Shane Rattenbury, as a member of her Cabinet”.

Today’s decision by the Australian Greens in the ACT to back Labor to form power, despite the Canberra Liberals receiving the highest number of votes and the strongest result in the Assembly’s history, shows once and for all that a vote for Labor is a vote for the radical Green agenda.

“Despite the ACT’s clear verdict, they will now have a ‘Green voice in Cabinet’ pushing for radical policies”, Senator Humphries said.


Surprisingly the Bullet Trainers are declaring victory:

92% of the vote went to parties that said they want to get a Bullet Train. This means the unofficial referendum result is YES to getting a Bullet Train.

The Canberra community wants see the train rolling out of the rail yard and into reality, now!

All 17 members elected through the Hare-raising-Clark system are in parties that said they want a Bullet Train.

They stood on a pro-Bullet platform, and must deliver. This is only just the beginning for the Bullet Train for Canberra party.

bullet train


An interesting thought bubble from Andrew Leigh:


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115 Responses to And the winner of the 2012 election is… Katy Gallagher
#1
Holden Caulfield2:49 pm, 02 Nov 12

Noel Towel tipped this.

#2
Holden Caulfield2:50 pm, 02 Nov 12

Rattenbury will take on a ministry. This will be interesting.

#3
bundah2:52 pm, 02 Nov 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Noel Towel tipped this.

He got the distance wrong by a country mile!

#4
PantsMan2:52 pm, 02 Nov 12

Held to ransom by nutjobs.

#5
Madam Cholet2:54 pm, 02 Nov 12

So, your votes hemorrhage to the Libs, but you feel that it’s ok to keep the apparent status quo?
My prediction for the next election…Shane Rattenbury, whilst a nice person and the best of the greeny bunch, will be blasted into outer space by the electorate.

#6
MERC6002:55 pm, 02 Nov 12

I don’t think our bookmaking friends would have lost much on Shanes decision.

#7
Heavs2:56 pm, 02 Nov 12

I wonder which Ministry? A/G or Environment/Sustainability

#8
Masquara2:56 pm, 02 Nov 12

Rather freaky and utterly undemocratic that Rattenbury is insisting that his unelected colleagues will be taking a central role in running the show. THEY WERE KICKED OUT by the electorate!

#9
enrique2:56 pm, 02 Nov 12

Ding Ding Ding!!!

We’re getting trams!

Yo, Walter Burley Griffin, ya hear that? We’re gonna build ya bloody tram lines!!! Finally!

#10
dpm2:58 pm, 02 Nov 12

MERC600 said :

I don’t think our bookmaking friends would have lost much on Shanes decision.

At least they can also be happy that their early pay out on the overall result was (now found to be) correct – just! :-P

#11
PantsMan3:02 pm, 02 Nov 12

Well, the moral of the story is that if you want to go places in ACT politics, lose 75 per cent of your representation in an election then demand your nutjob policies get adopted and demand a ministry.

#12
HenryBG3:02 pm, 02 Nov 12

Masquara said :

Rather freaky and utterly undemocratic that Rattenbury is insisting that his unelected colleagues will be taking a central role in running the show. THEY WERE KICKED OUT by the electorate!

Ah, but, “If only a few hundred more Canberrans had voted Green” two of his colleagues would have been reelected.
So that’s all right then – decision-making based on fantasy scenarios. Very much what the “Greens” [watermelons] are about.

#13
Mysteryman3:03 pm, 02 Nov 12

Oh geez. Another 4 years of this.

Madam Cholet said :

So, your votes hemorrhage to the Libs, but you feel that it’s ok to keep the apparent status quo?
My prediction for the next election…Shane Rattenbury, whilst a nice person and the best of the greeny bunch, will be blasted into outer space by the electorate.

+1. I hope he gets his marching orders next election.

#14
damien haas3:07 pm, 02 Nov 12

I think its is of great significance that Rattenbury mentioned light rail immediately after announcing his support. In questions from journos he said that work would commence in 2015 – in this assembly term.

Fantastic news.

Damien Haas
Chair, ACT Light Rail

#15
Pandy3:09 pm, 02 Nov 12

In Government Shane will find out how expensive trams are. He still need to think hospitals our trams: do I give up a cushy ministry job over holding my breath for trams our just shuffle it under the carpet?

Interesting how Green he will remain.

#16
Mr Gillespie3:10 pm, 02 Nov 12

YOU BASTARD

Shane RATbag you have just sentenced Canberra to another 4 years of bulls***, on top of the 12 we have already served

The swing against these crooks was for a GOOD REASON.

SHAME RATTENBURY SHAME

#17
maxblues3:11 pm, 02 Nov 12

Congratulations Mr Rattenbury, but as Minister For Something Or Other can you now please stop those labs from gunning down our pet kangaroos.

#18
SnapperJack3:11 pm, 02 Nov 12

A replay of the last federal election. In that election the Libs and Nats won one more seat than Labor but Gillard led a Labor government. In this election the Libs won more votes than Labor and there was a 5.3% swing away from The Greens yet we now have Katy as chief minister with one Green calling the shots.

All I can say is that the next election will see a landslide to the Libs.

#19
bundah3:14 pm, 02 Nov 12

Mr Gillespie said :

YOU BASTARD

Shane RATbag you have just sentenced Canberra to another 4 years of bulls***, on top of the 12 we have already served

The swing against these crooks was for a GOOD REASON.

SHAME RATTENBURY SHAME

Oh dear that plastic bag has been on for way too long!

#20
HenryBG3:14 pm, 02 Nov 12

Mysteryman said :

Oh geez. Another 4 years of this.

Madam Cholet said :

So, your votes hemorrhage to the Libs, but you feel that it’s ok to keep the apparent status quo?
My prediction for the next election…Shane Rattenbury, whilst a nice person and the best of the greeny bunch, will be blasted into outer space by the electorate.

+1. I hope he gets his marching orders next election.

It seems very unlikely that the Greens could lose any more support than they managed to lose this time around as a result of their extremely poor strategy and poilkcy.

The only way is up, for the Greens, but the big question is, will Shane pull of the PR necessary to drag them *significantly* up?
If the people he works with are professional in their approach, then they will analyse and construct policies that are inclusive and therefore appealing to large swathes of the electorate.
They might also advise him on how to actually act as a 3rd-party and hold the other two accountable, instead of being a Liberal-bashing adjunct to the ALP.

Perhaps they might even note that the the swing against the greens was matched by a swing for the Libs and think about what that means for their future strategy to woo voters: people likely to vote for an environmental party are more educated and more conservative, and therefore more likely to vote Liberal than Labor.

#21
Jim Jones3:14 pm, 02 Nov 12

WAAAAAH … communists … mung beans … DEMOCRACY IS DEAD … let’s have a convoy!!!

#22
FioBla3:15 pm, 02 Nov 12

Pity. Should have gone with QUADRUPLE YOUR RATES, really.

#23
Mr Gillespie3:21 pm, 02 Nov 12

Greens to support Liberals for the Speakership. Why? 2 guesses.

1. That takes the vote away from the Liberals so they only have 7 while Labor makes 8 votes.
2. The Speaker is not entitled to vote

#24
Jim Jones3:21 pm, 02 Nov 12

HenryBG said :

more educated and more conservative

BWAAA AHAHAHA HAHAHA

I think you’ll find that all the research undertaken across the Western world has shown strong links of high levels of education with progressive political leanings.

#25
PantsMan3:25 pm, 02 Nov 12

bundah said :

Mr Gillespie said :

YOU BASTARD

Shane RATbag you have just sentenced Canberra to another 4 years of bulls***, on top of the 12 we have already served

The swing against these crooks was for a GOOD REASON.

SHAME RATTENBURY SHAME

Oh dear that plastic bag has been on for way too long!

I’m betting a condition of Shane support was not spending $100,000 on a study to work out if the Plastic Bag Ban is an environmentally damaging waste of money.

#26
johnboy3:26 pm, 02 Nov 12

Greens Statement now available.

#27
cmdwedge3:26 pm, 02 Nov 12

Mr Gillespie said :

YOU BASTARD

Shane RATbag you have just sentenced Canberra to another 4 years of bulls***, on top of the 12 we have already served

The swing against these crooks was for a GOOD REASON.

SHAME RATTENBURY SHAME

Idiots like you do my wonderful party no favours.

#28
Mr Gillespie3:30 pm, 02 Nov 12

The 40% climate change target is pointless, a waste of time, and nothing but Greenie symbolism. The only thing it will change is the amount of taxpayer funds spent on “projects” to meet that 40% target. It sure as hell won’t change the climate.

#29
Primal3:30 pm, 02 Nov 12

Mr Gillespie said :

The swing against these crooks was for a GOOD REASON.

Who wants to tell him that there was a swing towards Labor? Any volunteers? Experience with unstable substances advised.

#30
Jim Jones3:32 pm, 02 Nov 12

cmdwedge said :

Mr Gillespie said :

YOU BASTARD

Shane RATbag you have just sentenced Canberra to another 4 years of bulls***, on top of the 12 we have already served

The swing against these crooks was for a GOOD REASON.

SHAME RATTENBURY SHAME

Idiots like you do my wonderful party no favours.

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