Gazza fights back

By 7 February, 2013 7

The Canberra Times brings word of the increasing acrimony in the local Liberal Party as Sentator Humphries fights for his life and tries to rally the moderates after years of letting Zed’s conservatives take over the party.

Former Canberra Liberals president and Howard government staffer Gary Kent told Fairfax he had been threatened with expulsion from the party for speaking out about the process being undertaken for the February 23 preselection.

“There have been threats to expel me,’’ he said.

Mr Kent said he had written to party president – and former Seselja staffer – Tio Faulkner to express his concerns.

“If a decision is simply to maintain the status quo then a number of people in the division – branch members – will seek to take it further, using the constitutional mechanisms of the constitution,’’ he said.

Some party members are believed to be considering using a petition to trigger a meeting of the Canberra Liberals’ full Divisional Council, which consists of all members, and would have the power to overturn decisions of the management committee.

A meeting of the full Divisional Council could not be held before the preselection ballot but might be able to overturn the result.

Members could also attempt to remove Mr Faulkner from his position at a Divisional Council meeting.

There might not be much of a party left by the time they’re done with this. Simon Sheikh probably can’t believe his luck.

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7 Responses to Gazza fights back
#1
HiddenDragon12:23 pm, 07 Feb 13

“There might not be much of a party left by the time they’re done with this. Simon Sheikh probably can’t believe his luck.”

Absolutely agree.

Notwithstanding past failed efforts by third party candidates, as things stand right now, I think Sheikh could run the Liberals a very close race. If you’re not thrilled with the prospect of the Liberals’ slashing and burning, dog-whistling and white picket fence view of the world, or Labor’s haplessness, dysfunction, and general air of gutlessness, prevarication and procrastination on issues such as same sex marriage, refugees and the republic (and, not to forget, the pong emanating from NSW), Mr Sheikh could, for many Canberrans, look like the ideal alternative. He may, as some have tagged him, be a “blow in”, but I suppose you could say the same about every other person who has come here for work, or for the prospect of it.

#2
PantsMan1:02 pm, 07 Feb 13

Meanwhile, Kate Lundy remains.

#3
rosscoact1:17 pm, 07 Feb 13

PantsMan said :

Meanwhile, Kate Lundy remains.

A government Minister which is likely more than either Zed or Gazza will ever be

#4
LSWCHP10:37 pm, 07 Feb 13

It seems to me the Zed’s only distinguishing feature is his lack of distinction in any area of public life.
In a similar vein, it seems to me that Gazza’s only distinguishing feature is his lack of distinction in any area of public life.

This is like watching two oysters struggling over a piece of real estate on a rock. Really inspirational stuff.

#5
Deckard10:43 pm, 07 Feb 13

rosscoact said :

PantsMan said :

Meanwhile, Kate Lundy remains.

A government Minister which is likely more than either Zed or Gazza will ever be

She handled herself well today I thought.

#6
Thumper8:51 am, 08 Feb 13

LSWCHP said :

It seems to me the Zed’s only distinguishing feature is his lack of distinction in any area of public life.
In a similar vein, it seems to me that Gazza’s only distinguishing feature is his lack of distinction in any area of public life.

This is like watching two oysters struggling over a piece of real estate on a rock. Really inspirational stuff.

I think Zed’s only distinguishing feature is his complete lack of a distinguishing feature.

#7
Alderney10:13 am, 08 Feb 13

Deckard said :

rosscoact said :

PantsMan said :

Meanwhile, Kate Lundy remains.

A government Minister which is likely more than either Zed or Gazza will ever be

She handled herself well today I thought.

It was her ‘finally’ moment.

Finally, she has something of substance to talk about.

Unfortunately the report was very very light on detail. All it is is a headline grabber for the moment.

Can’t wait for the wash-up from the confidential version.

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