Author Archives: The_Phantom

The choice – a good flick or the Senate Chamber?

By 5 December 2008

The Australian today reported an interesting quote from our local Senator, Gary Hamphries.
Reporting a story on a Coalition split in the Senate, Senator Humphries was quoted as saying,
Liberal senator Gary Humphries told ABC Radio he had been told there was no need to vote on the issue.
“Since I was ensconced in my room with [...]

Queanbeyan’s winds of change

By 14 September 2008

Queanbeyan City has a new Mayor and a new Council.
Tim Overall has romped in as Mayor with over 45% of the vote.
Overall thrashed the Labor candidate, Tom Mavec and the two candidates that former Mayor Frank Pangallo had backed, Ann Rocca and Kerry White.
Pangallo gave out How to Vote cards at a City booth [...]

Queanbeyan City Council smear campaign

By 9 September 2008

It seems that the dirty political campaign tactics that are usually the domain of Sydney have surfaced in Queanbeyan.
Today I received two pieces of election material in my mail box.
One was from Labor member, Steve Whan supporting the ageing Tom Mavec for Mayor and the ALP candidates. Personally I hate party-politics rearing its ugly head in [...]

Wanted – Pangallo Independent candidates

By 15 July 2008

A friend of mine was recently approached by a Pangallo Independent Party ‘organiser’, Joseph Carbone, with an offer to be a candidate for the Pangallo Independents. Carbone, who apparently made a big deal of the fact that he worked with Patersons Securities, had little understanding of politics or the voting system in the ACT.
My friend [...]

Wheels start to fall off Jim Murphy’s power grab

By 5 June 2008

Nearly missed it but there was a short news article on Page 5 of today’s Canberra Times (4th June) reporting the resignation of the Canberra Business Club’s (aka the former Liberal Party’s 250 Club) Executive Officer, Russell Parkes.
This must signal a major melt down in Jim Murphy’s bid to become king-maker in the forthcoming [...]

Weird behaviour by Assembly staffer

By 12 May 2008

We all are aware that the ACT Assembly has its fair share of wacky representatives – Smyth, Katy, Burke, Fosky, Steve Pratt, Karen MacDonald, Hargreaves etc.
Perhaps it has something to do with the staff they employ.
We all fondly remember Stanhope’s graffiti artist Aidan Bruford. And I read here recently in RiotACT how the ‘wonderful’ Jacqui Burke [...]

Liberals Preselection

By 21 April 2008

Good to see the Liberals have at long last got a team up and running to challenge Stanhope at the October election.
There was very little opposition for the positions – reflective of the Party leadership and direction at present – but it was good to see some sitting Liberal member’s outpolled.
In Molonglo, the hopeless Jacquie [...]

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