Canberra Liberals the laziest opposition in Australia?

By 3 December, 2008 61

As far as I can tell this is the last media release out of the Canberra Liberals. It’s dated 14 November.

So in the last two weeks they’ve come across no issues worthy of wider exposure? The Government has been so flawless as to be beyond any reproach? No constituents have brought any issues to them at all?

Senator Humphries appears to have been left to do all the work which, on the local stuff, really isn’t his job.

So what use are the Liberal party in the Legislative Assembly and why are we paying for them?

And before the fanbois arc up I’d just like to point out that if the Liberals wanted some positive stories about what they’re doing then it might help to publicise what they’re doing.

UPDATE: Hurrah! Zed has spoken. Days after the subject has moved on, but it’s a start. Amazing what you get when you poke.

May it be the first of many more.

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61 Responses to Canberra Liberals the laziest opposition in Australia?
#1
H1NG011:07 am, 03 Dec 08

“So what use are the Liberal party in the Legislative Assembly and why are we paying for them?”

Because the people voted, and its called Democracy. I think you will find Both Labor and the Greens are also useless, unless you consider installing crappy sculptures as progress.

#2
johnboy11:14 am, 03 Dec 08

At least Labor and the Greens make their arguments and debate the issues.

I’m pretty sure the voters weren’t expecting the Liberals to sit on their arses for 3.5 years before unleashing waves of spam on them.

#3
H1NG011:36 am, 03 Dec 08

Whatver floats your boat. The idea of a Government where a hedgehog argues with a couple of ugly dorks doesn’t really do it for me either. I’ll take the “spam”.

#4
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_11:37 am, 03 Dec 08

JB, we all know you love the labour party, but this ‘story’ is a bit ridiculous mate.

#5
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_11:38 am, 03 Dec 08

Should probably have called them ‘labor’, but I figured I’d use the Australian spelling of the word…

#6
johnboy11:46 am, 03 Dec 08

I don’t have any particular love of the Labor party.

I have a love of parties who take their arguments to the public.

I spent a decade covering this stuff and I’ve never seen any opposition, ACT included, as utterly silent as the Liberals here have become under Zed.

#7
H1NG011:46 am, 03 Dec 08

No, VY, the spelling Labor is fine. It represents their disregard for the interests of Australians (including their language). They do that pretty well.

#8
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_11:51 am, 03 Dec 08

Our local numpties certainly don’t seem to give a crap about the voters.

#9
caf12:02 pm, 03 Dec 08

I guess the evaluation of the election result was along the lines of “Hmm.. the Small Target Strategy didn’t quite work – looks like we need a Really Tiny Target Strategy!”

#10
Thumper12:19 pm, 03 Dec 08

A bunch of talentless muppets who couldn’t hold down an APS 2 position.

#11
New Yeah12:27 pm, 03 Dec 08

I noted on the ACT ALP website that they have not promulgated any press releases since the election in October! (hopefully I didn’t miss a stash of recent releases on their page)

On the other hand, the diligant Greens have put out four releases since 14 November.

#12
colourful sydney rac12:34 pm, 03 Dec 08

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Should probably have called them ‘labor’, but I figured I’d use the Australian spelling of the word…

Labor is the Australian spelling of the party…

#13
caf12:40 pm, 03 Dec 08

New Yeah: One of the perks of Government is that you get to put your media releases out on the Chief Minister’s web page.

#14
jakez12:41 pm, 03 Dec 08

Colourful…blah blah blah is right. The Australian Labor Party is a name so they get to be Labor instead of labour.

It’s like if my parents were jerkoffs and called me Jaykcobb. It would make me very angry, but my name wouldn’t be Jacob.

Thus they are Labor, and jerkoffs.

#15
cranky12:42 pm, 03 Dec 08

Ah Labor,

So atuned to local issues.

So helpful to local business.

I’m still waiting for payment for product supplied for Hettinger’s campaign.

#16
New Yeah12:52 pm, 03 Dec 08

caf said :

New Yeah: One of the perks of Government is that you get to put your media releases out on the Chief Minister’s web page.

And what a perk it is – more press releases since 14 November 2008 than I could ever possibly hope to ingest. Ta caf.

#17
H1NG012:54 pm, 03 Dec 08

jakez said :

Colourful…blah blah blah is right. The Australian Labor Party is a name so they get to be Labor instead of labour.

It’s like if my parents were jerkoffs and called me Jaykcobb. It would make me very angry, but my name wouldn’t be Jacob.

Thus they are Labor, and jerkoffs.

LOL. This post goes straight to the poolroom!

#18
caf12:56 pm, 03 Dec 08

As an interesting aside, it was King O’Malley (of the pub fame) who pushed for the more “modern” spelling of Labor in the party name.

#19
Thumper1:05 pm, 03 Dec 08

And O’Malley was Canadian, was he not?

#20
H1NG01:06 pm, 03 Dec 08

Like Americans, the “U” was too hard to comprehend for the average Labor party voter.

#21
Gungahlin Al1:18 pm, 03 Dec 08

O’Malley also pushed for prohibition in ACT. Only to have his name immortalised in the name of a pub!

JB just beat me to this topic, as I was about to post an article titled “MLA, MLA where for art thou MLA?”

But it’s not just the Libs. A few of the ministers who have existing staff to do the grunt work on releases have put a handful out, but other than that, all of them have been almost invisible. I realise there’s likely a lot going on in the background, but elected reps have to be visible.

#22
frontrow1:43 pm, 03 Dec 08

I’m not suggesting that this is remotely the case, but I would be remarkably impressed by a party that choose not to shoot from the hip on anything and everything, just to fill a daily quota of column inches and made less frequent releases that displayed a depth of consideration and a clear sense of priorities.

#23
johnboy1:47 pm, 03 Dec 08

I think even when agreeing with the Government it would be nice to see their reasons for doing so.

#24
Mr Evil1:55 pm, 03 Dec 08

I miss seeing images of Wayne Berry “looking suitably concerned” over a cracked footpath/broken manhole cover/blocked drain/damaged lightpole on the front page of The Chronicle.

The whole bloody ACT assembly are lazy.

#25
colourful sydney rac2:28 pm, 03 Dec 08

Agree, Berry knew how to work the Chronicle. I am amazed more of our local lot don’t.

#26
H1NG02:31 pm, 03 Dec 08

Because the chronicle usually winds up decomposing in your front yard until only a plastic wrapper remains. Too bad the same thing can’t be said about our local pollies.

#27
colourful sydney rac2:37 pm, 03 Dec 08

I remember Berry getting a puff piece in the Chronicle about growing tomatoes (might even have been front page!) and having some line about the best mulch being the Canberra Times – nice dig

#28
Skidbladnir2:50 pm, 03 Dec 08

There are probably at least one or two good Chronicle reporters, but getting a local pollie to take advantage of the fact that the Chronicle is as desperate for copy as the pollies are willing to give it…

It shouldn’t be all that hard, but I guess it must be.

#29
Gungahlin Al3:19 pm, 03 Dec 08

Jess the new reporter at the Chronicle is always on the lookout for newsworthy stories, but if people/groups don’t give her the local stuff to work with, what can she do?

#30
poptop3:22 pm, 03 Dec 08

Perhaps Jess can pick up the issue of speech therapy services in the ACT?

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