Feel the Stanhope Spin!

By 19 October 2006 39

Our Brave Leader has announced that the run to the election is on and he would like you to forget all the bad stuff of the last couple of years and, rather, enjoy the show as his government jumps through hoops like a pack of performing seals for your amusement.

Ok, he didn’t actually say that. Try this:

“At the half-way point of the parliamentary term, an energised Government was looking forward to a period of heightened activity and achievement, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said today. Among the highlights of the remainder of this parliamentary term would be the Government’s responses to a high-level inquiry into affordable housing options and the new Skills Commission, an unprecedented capital investment in public education, continued investment in the security of the Territory’s water supply, the completion of some significant infrastructure projects and the election of a representative Indigenous body.

Anyone want to de-spin that?

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39 Responses to
Feel the Stanhope Spin!
LurkerGal 11:12 am
19 Oct 06

The English Version: “Da laba partee is rool good, and shit.”

Mr Evil 11:21 am
19 Oct 06

Translation #2:

“We haven’t fucked up as badly as we could have”.

Absent Diane 11:24 am
19 Oct 06

Translation #3:

“We really don’t have much to say… so lets just dribble on about things that may or may not happen”

barking toad 11:34 am
19 Oct 06

white noise

Mr Evil 11:35 am
19 Oct 06

Translation #4:

“It wasn’t me – it was John Howard who did it all!”

Avacry 11:45 am
19 Oct 06

Only half way? That gives him another half a term to find innovative ways to tax us in ways we have never been taxed before!

el 12:24 pm
19 Oct 06

Absolute fecking bollocks.

That’s all I can really manage at the moment.

VYBerlinaV8 1:40 pm
19 Oct 06

Translation #5:

“We couldn’t do any worse. And yes, we’ve tried.”

bonfire 2:56 pm
19 Oct 06

not as bad as follett but we have 18 months to go…

vg 3:31 pm
19 Oct 06

Never forget the bad stuff.

‘If you’re going to blame anyone then blame me’ (circa Jan 2003)

I sincerely hope that the local electorate remembers the above, and the accompanying lies and memory losses of he and his staff, when the next election rolls around.

lateralis 3:51 pm
19 Oct 06

Having moved here recently, I am amazed at how arrogant and dismissive Stanhope is whenever he is interviewed. He is downright rude to some radion callers.
He seems to have the attitude that, ‘he knows best’, and that no one should dare criticize him!
Man is he on a losing streak now!

So tell me, who’s the alternative?

Absent Diane 3:53 pm
19 Oct 06

the alternatives are worse. blatant morons.

Thumper 3:56 pm
19 Oct 06

Maybe so, but blatent morons versus total incompetents?

Can we afford another 6 years of Stanhope and his scorched earth policy?

johnboy 3:57 pm
19 Oct 06

what we need is a cross bench full diligent indies directly answerable to their electorates.

Thumper 3:57 pm
19 Oct 06

Ah, blantant….


Thumper 4:01 pm
19 Oct 06


Ah, now that is the thing that is likely to get Sonic re-elected.

however, given his track record he should be out on his arse asap.

just imagine what unbelievable schemes he will fund in future years if given the chance, oh, sorry, mandate in his eyes.

Russian victims of the cold war memorial?

Viet cong remembrance centre?

Gough Whitlam museum of the Great….

Absent Diane 4:08 pm
19 Oct 06

I agree to an extent JB… I just have a feeling that something like that could lead to rather deep corruption… mostly because they are not answerable to a party.. that is not to say that parties are corrupt either…but they are more accountable because a greater reputation is at stake.

johnboy 4:09 pm
19 Oct 06

You have got to be joking.

Absent Diane 4:16 pm
19 Oct 06

should have read that is not to say that parties aren’t corrupt either..

I am under the assumption corruption rife within local councils, which is similar to what you suggest.

Mr Evil 4:29 pm
19 Oct 06

If only Denis Stevenson was still around to keep things ‘sane’.

simto 4:31 pm
19 Oct 06

Corruption is rife under local councils, however that’s largely the case whether they’re affiliated with a party or not. That’s largely because local councils are invovled in land development. And land development tends to attract a crapload of shonks.

It’s not quite as bad as it was in my old stomping ground, where the mayor (and, indeed, serving state member) was an ex-real estate agent.

barking toad 4:39 pm
19 Oct 06

OT but the senate has given the arse to a motion pushed by nettle, lundy and bartlett for the NCA to approve an indonesian sunken boat memorial

The mayor will be disappointed but obviously could see it coming

Jazz 5:06 pm
19 Oct 06

“unprecedented capital investment in public education.”

Jazz 5:07 pm
19 Oct 06

he probably means its never been so low before

Heavs 5:19 pm
19 Oct 06

The Libs are quietly getting a few top quality candidates in the background. I just can’t imagine this ass-clown getting into government again. He might get his seat but he is the kind of bloke I can imagine sooking off after 3 months if he has to sit in opposition.

Vic Bitterman 7:56 pm
19 Oct 06

stanhope – what a useless sack of shit he is.

I’m sick of my hard earned taxes propping up his mismanagement.

He is the worst thing that has ever happened to the ACT. EVER.

Pandy 8:46 pm
19 Oct 06

No reasonable average person gives a rats arse about the Abo vote: especially given that Sonic will favour the blacks who keep their traps shutr and agree with him.

As for happy voters, let me say that from the people at work, and my friends there is a great deal of anger directed to the bread and circuses of the Sonic camp. And he appears to be held by the short and curlies by the developers in town.

I reckon Sonic will find himself on his arse next election.

miz 10:46 pm
19 Oct 06

‘an energised government’ – if you call sticking their fingers in their ears and going la la la la la la ‘energised’ . . . what are they on?! Deaf and dumb pills?
‘affordable housing’ – where exactly? Didn’t they cut homeless funding and renege on their public housing election promise? ‘high-level inquiry’ = do nothing and get paid lots.
‘unprecedented capital investment in public ed’ – um, after we flog off lots of nice public assets, who cares about the kiddies (we don’t have any/ours have already grown up).
‘Skills Commission’ – sounds like a cushy job for a mate, and vague enough to not actually have to do anything but a bit of handwringing about the ‘skills shortage we had to have’.

I am aghast that I helped vote these turncoats in.

nyssa76 10:59 pm
19 Oct 06

Pandy, why don’t you choose words that aren’t slagging off another race?

You sound like a red neck.

Pandy 7:52 am
20 Oct 06


Good to point out that we comprise different races in this country.

My objection is to the term “representative Indigenous body”. Three words, each in their own make me pretty angry:

a) representative: who decides? A vote? Historical and anthropologicalresearch? Someone who calls Sonic “Yes Massa”?

b) Indigenous: We are not talking about Torres Straits Islandders here.

c) body: A reference group? A council? A forumn? Just sometjhing without any real teeth. Believe me that this Government has set-up lots of reference groups and ignores what they say.

Also I do object to Sonic having every function introduced by Matilda or one of her clan as the original owners of this land.

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