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Candidates’ websites – October 2008

By 15 October 2008 144

[First filed: October 13, 2008 @ 23:43]

Candidate websites are in decline.

Politicians seem to have realised that the web is hostile territory where people won’t always say what you want them to say. Much safer to stick to older school media where opinion can be safely bought and sold, to be ladled to the dwindling band of proles still receptive on their couches.

A minority of candidates, however, are still giving the interwebs a go.

I plugged the laptop into the tele and got my politically apathetic housemates to give their opinions of the various websites and, photography permitting, crumpet factor, of those who would rule over us for the next four long years.

For those unwilling to wade through the notes I can say it was an all Labor show.

Mary Porter has the best website by far. Adina Cirson (pictured) wins the crumpet factor, with Andrew Barr the only male to make the crumpet list (should have had a website Morgo).

Mike Hettinger also features with the ugliest website, possibly the ugliest website ever produced outside the educational sector.

Steve Doszpot

It has elegant design. And it’s well set out. But making text deliberately small is just silly.

A decent effort, but unremarkable.

Joy Burch

Unremarkable and dull, lacking in appeal. But she seems like a nice person.

Mick Gentleman

A housemate thinks he looks a little insane

As for the site the fonts are too busy and it looks like a blog. A plain blog.

John Hargreaves

When his picture came up the comment was “eahhh…”

But the site looks friendly, if a little empty.

Tracy Mackey

This page is super trendy with the centrepiece being a flash driven slideshow zapping gormless motherhood statements into your brain.

The problem is that periodically the same photo keeps flashing

It’s otherwise light on content.

Wayne Seivers

Wayne Sievers is a serious man, but perhaps the site could have benefitted from less photographs of him rather than more, because he’s no oil painting.

The use of hyper-emphasis which drops high level heading text into the middle of paragraphs was also not appreciated by the housemates who shrieked “STOP YELLING AT ME” at Wayne’s visage.

On the other hand he mentions RiotACT on the front page so he gets a plus mark.

The Motorists Party are too busy reminiscing about Pauline Hanson to do web pages. But we did have lots of giggles looking at their photos. William “Andrew” Simington always got a laugh when spirits were flagging.

Anyone want to speculate on why all the AMP candidates are men in white shirts? Hasn’t history shown us poor results when political movements wear uniforms?

The housemates wanted to know why they’re all so ugly?

Chris Bourke

The housemates quite liked the look of Chris Bourke saying he looks reasonable, with quite a pleasant face.

The website on the other hand is dull, sparse, with not much to it.

Adina Cirson

According to her website Adina is “one of us”

Which made us wonder what if God was one of us?

And is she trying to hide being an alien?

The site has far too many colours. They clash. And the whole thing is not pleasant to look at.

In a rare break with convention the candidate appears to be the child standing next to the grownups, and is not the focus of the pictures.

Mary Porter

This is a very pleasant, very well laid out website.

By far the best on offer for any candidate. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what ails a site but this one is rolled gold.

Roger Nicoll

An ugly and disinterested site with mixed fonts and motherhood statements heavy, everything else light.

Jacqui Myers

Like Adina, Jacqui claims to be “one of us” with all the slightly creepy overtones entailled.

While not making the crumpet list she was considered to have a reasonably pleasant face.

Nothing too exciting about the site but no complaints.

Andrea Tokaji

Andrea has a myspace page with all the ugliness that entails.

She also proves that scans of campaign literature don’t work on the web.

And she scored as crumpet.

Matthew Watts

Mismatched fonts, and bad proportions were balanced by a link to RiotACT on the front page.

Matt on his soapbox did not impress. Although he was accused of looking at one of the housemates “funny” one night in the Pot Belly. Make of that what you will.

Harold Hird

Blurg.

Egocentric and yet with nothing on it other than the colour green, buttons and a photo.

It says “Hello, and welcome to my web site,” welcome to 1995.

And how many fonts do you need? Three? Four different fonts?

Mark Parton

It’s generally considered to be one of the better sites, and it didn’t make anyone’s eyeballs hurt.

Adam Verwey

Adam was considered to be possible crumpet, but with insufficient detail in the photo no verdict could be reached.

The site design was considered harmless if slightly amateur.

Darren Churchill

Popups everwhere!!!!! Nowhere is safe to mouse!

We thought it had the same picture over and over but down the bottom there lurked a new one.

Andrew Barr

The only male crumpet in the pack the website also rated well with the layout especially pleasing.

Eleanor Bates

Housemates wanted to know why is her neck the same size as her head?

It’s dull, but well set out and she rated as Semi-crumpet

Simon Corbell

“Our city is under a tack!”

This site bugged me so much.

So very much effort has gone into annoying the user.

It changed the mouse cursor to something blue. “Give me back my mouse bitches!” shrieked the housemates.

And if you have sound turned on it makes a HORRID HORRID noise – like a coin on glass – when mousing over the menu buttons. Why go to that much effort to upset visitors?

The big red tack stabbing into Canberra was thought to be a positive, distracting from Simon’s zombie like visage,

After some debate zombies were prefered to giant tacks.

Katy Gallagher

Despite a staggeringly dorky “Welcome to my new website!” message Katy scored as crumpet.

The site also featured far too much red text. But was otherwise workmanlike.

Mike Hettinger

“OH MY GOD” we all screamed.

“MAKE IT GO AWAY” followed forthwith.

Then we all fell around laughing for some time.

The housemates decided that young Mike was crumpet in his USAF uniform. Current Mike less so.

Outside of the education sector it’s possibly the ugliest website ever made.

David Matthews

David’s eyebrows were thought to be on the scary side.

But on the plus we were able to find his page even though he shares a name with a rock star.

The website cunningly matches his grey suit and hair.

But it was thought he needs more information on the front page, and less begging.

Norvan Vogt

“welcome to my little part of Cyberspace” was not a winning message with the housemates.

Now was two shades of orange for communicating. And not much to communicate.

Elena Kirschbaum

Another Myspace page, and one of the more elegant ones out there.

Elena’s reputation of emo-hate had preceded her and the housemates were not pleased.

“I think the reason she hates emos is they’re so much more beautiful than her,” said one.

“It’s time to grow up and get a real website,” said another.

It also features leftover senate campaign information and puts her a year younger than her profile data suggests.

Belinda Barnier

“She looks like she’d be a nice mum,” was the verdict.

A good looking site at the top of the page, down the bottom it looks like her kids have been trying to help out.

Red buttons with bevelled edges and mismatched fonts urgh. Ticker blech.

But there’s some nice use of themes with imagery.

Jacqui Burke

“It is a pleasure to welcome you to my homepage,” is the opening piece of patronisation.

On the site there’s very little to indicate she’s a Liberal.

It makes nice use of simple points and benefits from a well thought out soft palette.

Definitely one of the better ones.

Jeremy Hanson

This site is a triumph of style over substance.

It plays up his Army links but features such comedy boxes as:

    “Upcoming Event
    No Upcoming Event”

It also starts an auto-load of video which is a great way to seriously annoy visitors.

Gary Kent

Grey text on white, with a grey background.

The site makes a point of flogging opportunities to help him, and fourteen mentions of the word “Gary”

Greg Tannahill

It’s a default template blogspot blog, hasn’t been updated since August.

It screams “I wish I’d never let them talk me into doing this”.

Apologies if I’ve missed anyone, but frankly if you can’t get your site into the first couple of pages of google results you’re just not trying very hard.

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144 Responses to Candidates’ websites – October 2008
#1
Pandy11:56 pm, 13 Oct 08

If Adina is crumpet, Katy standing next to her looks like sour dough.

Oh size 16 chicks don’t do it for me.

#2
Jonathon Reynolds12:09 am, 14 Oct 08

Apologies if I’ve missed anyone, but frankly if you can’t get your site into the first couple of pages of google results you’re just not trying very hard.

You were looking hard enough JB!

Here is some more link spam to a comprehensive list for you:
http://www.canberravotes.com/2008-election-candidates/

#3
mad murali4:14 am, 14 Oct 08

Speaking of crumpet factor, my aged aunt reckons Dave Peebles could park his boots under her walking frame anytime!

#4
32roadster8:11 am, 14 Oct 08

I see Andrew Barr mentions when he was elected in 2006, WRONG, Andrew Barr was NEVER ELECTED, he was parachuted into the Assembly when Quinlan jumped as instructed.

#5
32roadster8:13 am, 14 Oct 08

Don’t be fooled, on October 18th, a vote for the GREENS is a vote for STANHOPE & Co.

#6
32roadster8:16 am, 14 Oct 08

STANHOPE, WHERE IS THE DRAGWAY.
To all motorsport supporters who swallowed Barr’s promises if re-electe, DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH, Labor are proven liar’s when it comes to motorsport, angry, hell yeh.

#7
Thumper8:26 am, 14 Oct 08

Faaaark, who came up with Hettinger’s site? That is frankly aweful, as bad as I’ve ever seen. What’s with the kermit day glo green?

A colour blind mole could have done better.

#8
Thumper8:28 am, 14 Oct 08

Stanhope will not build a dragway. Simple as that. He has promised it twice and has yet to deliver. Third time lucky? I doubt it.

But if that is the only issue you are voting on then canberra is dumber than I previously thought.

#9
sepi8:28 am, 14 Oct 08

Funny that Hettinger is still bragging about

Being a Rocket Scientist!

Educated by Monks!!

I thought someone would have had a word about those dot points after the last election.

It is memorable though.

#10
Samantha8:33 am, 14 Oct 08

32Roadster – you should check the Electoral Commission website on casual vacancies in the Assembly.

Quinlan resigned from the Legislative Assembly on 21 March 2006. 11 nominations were received to replace him. In a recount of ballot papers received by Quinlan at the 2004 election, Andrew Barr received a majority of preferences. Barr was officially declared elected to fill the casual vacancy on 5 April 2006.

Other MLAs filling casual vacancies over the years include Jacqui Burke-Lib (twice), Marion Reilly-ALP, Simon Corbell-ALP, Louise Littlewood-Lib, Bill Stefaniak-Lib and Terry Connolly-ALP.

#11
toriness9:00 am, 14 Oct 08

i don’t want government money spent on a dragway. if it is so in demand/viable – why don’t a group of bogans get together and pool their carton o’ winnie blue money and build it themselves?

#12
toriness9:02 am, 14 Oct 08

and now more on topic – katy gallagher looks better in her tv advertising than her website.

#13
Gerry-Built9:42 am, 14 Oct 08

@ Pandy #1: I’m sure Katy has that “look” because of all the sour words she has had to swallow over the last few years… ah… look for the “smiley” stretch marks on Barr (the smiling assassin) too…

#14
magella10:56 am, 14 Oct 08

Oh size 16 chicks don’t do it for me.

…I’m sure Katy cries herself to sleep at night because of this…

#15
magella10:57 am, 14 Oct 08

(oops the above was meant to be a quote)

#16
Mrshmellowman11:30 am, 14 Oct 08

I appriciate Johnboy expanding on my somewhat desperate attempt to decide who to vote for on purely shallow grounds (although, who says “crumpet factor” – really)
I originally went for the anti-emo crusader, but having checked out her friends on myspace, I can not in good conscience vote for anyone with so many freaky looking dudes as her friends.
I am going to have to move to Ginninderra and vote for Adina Cirson (the yummy mommy?)!

#17
Thumper12:02 pm, 14 Oct 08

Is Eleanor Bates a Julie Gillard clone?

#18
Granny12:15 pm, 14 Oct 08

I kind of like Mike’s site. It looks like something that would be put together by Mulder and Scully’s geeky hacker mates. Sort of like not just the candidate saying, “Gee, I’m good,” but somebody who’s got some real friends behind them.

Mark Parton’s site was my favourite. It was kind of warm and friendly as well as glossy. I felt like I was more involved and interacted more than anywhere else.

Mary Porter’s site had the goods, but was a bit too sterile and clinical for me. She is obviously one of us warm, wonderful grandmotherly types so she should let her inner granny show through.

Eleanor Bates looks a lot better in person. I think she could have used photos that show how pretty she really is.

#19
Woody Mann-Caruso1:10 pm, 14 Oct 08

STANHOPE, WHERE IS THE DRAGWAY.

More proof that motor “sport” is correlated with deafness and mental retardation.

#20
justbands1:43 pm, 14 Oct 08

> STANHOPE, WHERE IS THE DRAGWAY.

I really wish this issue would go away. The reason they haven’t built one yet? Because only a small minority care…at all. The majority of Canberrans (voters) couldn’t give a rats about a dragway…many, like myself, are actually sick to death of hearing about it. Want one? Build the bloody thing yourselves & then shutup.

#21
NoAddedMSG2:15 pm, 14 Oct 08

sepi said :

Funny that Hettinger is still bragging about

Being a Rocket Scientist!

Educated by Monks!!

I thought someone would have had a word about those dot points after the last election.

It is memorable though.

Argh, his website was too hideous for me to read properly to determine if people who are actually rocket scientists would also describe him as such, or if they would snigger mightily to themselves at that description. Where’s his PhD???

#22
areaman3:00 pm, 14 Oct 08

areaman said :

I really wish this issue would go away. The reason they haven’t built one yet? Because only a small minority care…at all. The majority of Canberrans (voters) couldn’t give a rats about a dragway…many, like myself, are actually sick to death of hearing about it. Want one? Build the bloody thing yourselves & then shutup.

The real reason is because the land they wanted to build it would have been too close and loud. The reason they’re so angry is because no one else cares.

#23
stray3:48 pm, 14 Oct 08

ahahaha. gold! great post…wouldnt have even thought to check out their sites, i have a pile of their advertising crap on my lawn… glad i looked though, some of the sites are just just terrible!

and my two cents on Katy is that on tv she looks like she’s shrinking into her hunch and trying to look shorter than she is…whats that about? stand up straight woman!!

ohh and leave elena alone. that email shouldnt have been made public, true but not fair. she does a lot of good work for youth activities and arts in canberra -

#24
jakez4:30 pm, 14 Oct 08

…unless you are an emo artist.

#25
stray4:40 pm, 14 Oct 08

jakez – :-P
leave it alone.

#26
undertow4:52 pm, 14 Oct 08

The title of this post is just crying out for an apostrophe!

#27
johnboy5:02 pm, 14 Oct 08

That was my little bit of fun. Took your time though!

#28
Wide Boy Jake5:18 pm, 14 Oct 08

Adina Cirson: One of us? Just a slob like one of us?

#29
Gungahlin Al6:16 pm, 14 Oct 08

“Adina Cirson: One of us? Just a slob like one of us?”

I think she is trying to say to Belconnen district people she’s from there. The eternal “I’m no jonny-come-lately” pitch.

She was on 666 this morning pointing out that “a lot of things have gone to Gungahlin lately”, but seemingly forgetting that Gungahlin’s suburb of Nicholls is in her electorate (despite having attended our candidates night last week).

#30
iCanberran6:32 pm, 14 Oct 08

Mmmmm, Adina Carson, I wouldn’t mind buttering that crumpet….. oh god did I say that out loud?

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