Liberals officially announce their team for the ACT election

By 24 March, 2012 9

The Canberra Liberals have sent forth the official announcement of their candidates for the October election, written with Leader Zed Seselja as the speaker:

“In Brindabella, Brendan Smyth and I will be very well supported by Tharwa community hero Val Jeffrey, small businessman Andrew Wall, and Community sector CEO Nicole Lawder.

“In Ginninderra, Alistair Coe and Vicki Dunne will be joined by Commonwealth public servant and community advocate Matthew Watts, small business owner Merinda Nash and President of Federation of Indian Associations ACT (FINACT) Jacob Vadakkedathu, who is the first candidate of Indian background in the history of self-government.

“In Molonglo, Jeremy Hanson and Steve Doszpot will stand with experienced campaigner and mother of four Giulia Jones, small business owner James Milligan, former air force Group Captain Murray Gordon, law lecturer and the first Korean Australian candidate Elizabeth Lee and Tom Sefton, who is a Commonwealth public servant and recently returned from Afghanistan.

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9 Responses to Liberals officially announce their team for the ACT election
#1
c_c4:43 pm, 24 Mar 12

Well, there doesn’t seem to be any transvestite comedians on the ticket – albeit with Vicki Dunne, it’s a bit of a grey area. The tranny look may just be bad makeup, but there’s no denying a lot of what she says is a joke.

I applaud their choice of candidates who can easily prompt name recognition with voters, Zed Ses(whatever), Jacob Vadakk[takes a breath]edathu and Guilia with a “G”.

And their PR machine is obviously in great shape with such slick descriptions as “experienced campaigner and mother of four Giulia Jones”
– which really refers to her having been a multiple looser who having failed in Canberra then tried to run for preselection in Tasmania. That and she isn’t a mother of four by choice :)

Her CV is basically political staffer, candidate, candidate, candidate to be a candidate. Great. Time for her to stuff off and get a real job.

#2
rosscoact5:27 pm, 24 Mar 12

Is that Captain RAAF there? That’ll put the wind up’m

#3
Micky_P10:48 am, 26 Mar 12

Val Jeffrey – I guess he wasn’t actually an independent then.

#4
cbjcurtin4:29 pm, 27 Mar 12

Tom Sefton has been a great supporter of our business for many years, I think calling him a Public servant and recently returned from Afganistan sells him a little short. I know this is the Liberal Party release it seems a little brief. There is a little more info on him here:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100003657243446&sk=info

#5
I live in Macgregor3:03 pm, 28 Mar 12

Micky_P said :

Val Jeffrey – I guess he wasn’t actually an independent then.

Val is directly quoted in the Canberra Times recently admitting something like “the only reason he ran” as a CAP candidate “was to get Zed elected”. I suspect a lot of CAP voters from 2008 will now feel that they were misled about his independence and the motivations behind other CAP candidates and their campaign.

#6
Thumper3:59 pm, 28 Mar 12

I live in Macgregor said :

Micky_P said :

Val Jeffrey – I guess he wasn’t actually an independent then.

Val is directly quoted in the Canberra Times recently admitting something like “the only reason he ran” as a CAP candidate “was to get Zed elected”. I suspect a lot of CAP voters from 2008 will now feel that they were misled about his independence and the motivations behind other CAP candidates and their campaign.

So you think that those who voted for Jeffery would have voted Green or ALP if they had known about his dastardly subterfuge?

I somehow doubt it.

#7
housebound4:36 pm, 28 Mar 12

Thumper said :

I live in Macgregor said :

Micky_P said :

Val Jeffrey – I guess he wasn’t actually an independent then.

Val is directly quoted in the Canberra Times recently admitting something like “the only reason he ran” as a CAP candidate “was to get Zed elected”. I suspect a lot of CAP voters from 2008 will now feel that they were misled about his independence and the motivations behind other CAP candidates and their campaign.

So you think that those who voted for Jeffery would have voted Green or ALP if they had known about his dastardly subterfuge? I somehow doubt it.

Three possible interpretations:
1. Val Jeffries kept his goal away from the party as well as the public. A lot of the other CAP candidates are very annoyed indeed as it devalues their efforts. My guess is that Val Jeffries is deeply unpopular in CAP right now.
2. Val Jeffries’ views were well known (at least outside the party), but people still voted for him. Don’t forget, CAP candidates were mostly going to run as independents until Labor changed the election laws about groupings on ballot papers.
3. Party allegiances are more fluid now and go with the opportunity rather than the ideology. After all, there are Democrats who have now joined the Greens, Labor and CAP.

If the second option is right, then his vote was a personal one and it will follow him regardless of the party he claims to be with.

#8
welkin316:35 pm, 28 Mar 12

I am interested to hear of this statement by Val Jeffrey who of course was far and away the star vote puller for CAP in 2008.
From my memory of 2008 CAP did ZERO to promulgate “how to vote” information to their supporters.
So I am a bit puzzled how many CAP votes could have helped “…get Zed elected.” – remember Zed stood in Molonglo and VJ in Brindabella – CAP polled poorly in Molonglo.
So maybe Val meant “…get the Liberals elected.”

This year Zed has moved to Brindabella where I assume he will be 1 on ticket and will be a shoo in – if 2008 is a guide it is his surplus votes that will trickle down to help elect # 2 & they hope Val at 3.
2008 ACT Election Result – ABC site has all the details – well worth a trip down memory lane. http://www.abc.net.au/elections/act/2008/

I just wonder if the 15.4 percent of “Others” will use their votes better in 2012 – because they were pretty much wasted in 2008.

Best vote pullers in the “Others”-votes–%—–quota
In Brindabella – Val Jeffery 4,109 6.5 0.39
In Ginninderra – Mark Parton 3,785 6.3 0.38
In Molonglo – Frank Pangallo 3,513 4.0 0.32

I would say the Liberals numero uno task is to persuade as many as possible of those 15% others back into the Lib fold.

#9
Duffbowl9:55 pm, 28 Mar 12

cbjcurtin said :

There is a little more info on him here:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100003657243446&sk=info

From said profile…
“I believe in a government which does not intervene in people’s private lives…”
So, he supports the right of gays and lesbians to marry?

Longer bows could be drawn from that simple statement. I’ll leave that to others.

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