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Margaret Reid left out in the cold as Zeddites go coitus interruptus

By 1 March 2013 37

We’ve long suspected that part of the Zeddites’ cunning plans have been to *not* turn up to meetings where Pogos might get themselves some preselection rights on the basis that if there isn’t a quorum the meeting doesn’t count.

(Here in the bunker we are sticklers for Robert’s Rules of Order and consider anyone taken in by such a simple ruse to deserve what they get)

The Pogos, had they not been so pathetically complacent, should have seen this one coming months ago and mobilised long before nominations closed.

But as the jostling for a possible second bite at the cherry by the Pogos goes on we hear from a source that a Grand Old Lady of the Party has fallen casualty:

Zed’s Young Libs try last minute tactic to reduce voting rights.

The ACT Young Libs tonight abandoned (at the command of ????) their own meeting declaring it inquorate to outmanoeuvre members from the senior party to gain voting rights.

Sadly this brought about a casualty in Margaret Reid who was left outside the cancelled meeting after young Libs sent out the word by phone to pull out.

A sad day indeed. Zed’s dirty tricks campaign continues, one can only hope it is only a matter of time until he trips himself up.

When the first woman to be president of the Australian Senate is left out in the cold and the wet that’s one hell of a game of hardball.

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37 Responses to Margaret Reid left out in the cold as Zeddites go coitus interruptus
#1
johnboy12:38 am, 01 Mar 13

Between this and the Liberal MLA’s no show for the unveiling of Sir Robert Menzies lakeside sculpture one begins to wonder what a Canberra Liberal is.

#2
johnboy12:45 am, 01 Mar 13

A liberal insider I sent this story to replied in four letters beginning with s.

It’s going nuclear now.

#3
DrKoresh12:49 am, 01 Mar 13

What a charming lot those young libs are.

#4
dpm5:48 am, 01 Mar 13

What happened to ‘may the best man (person!) win’? It’s not that hard of a concept, surely?The canberra libs are looking worse by the day!

#5
Pork Hunt6:00 am, 01 Mar 13

Funny if it goes to court and the decision is reserved until after the election…

#6
dungfungus7:22 am, 01 Mar 13

One has to ask why was Margaret Reid attending a Young Liberals meeting in the first place and why didn’t she then attend the Tuggereanong meeting as most of the ones at the abandonded Young Liberals did?

#7
chewy148:01 am, 01 Mar 13

I find it amusing that the seemingly older and more experienced members have been completely out-manoeuvred by these young upstarts.

If you’re gonna play the game boy, you’ve gotta learn to play it right.

#8
Mysteryman8:21 am, 01 Mar 13

Underhanded and disappointing. Much like knifing your leader in the back over a mining tax. It’s looking more and more like both sides of politics are shades of the same hue.

#9
Alderney8:29 am, 01 Mar 13

None of these tactics are new to the Canberra Liberals, nor moreover to political party’s more generally.

My mail is Zed is f@!#$ed. His strategy will backfire and he’ll be looking for a new gig come next ACT election because the people of Tuggers will chuck him out.

His next adventure will most likely be a tome called ‘Zed Seselja – How to go from hero to zero quicker than Oscar Pistorius’.

#10
Affirmative Action M8:47 am, 01 Mar 13

Why the excitement ?

All ACT senators have been time serving plodders only useful for openining school fetes. They whine when in opposition & never stand up for the ACT when in power.

Humphrey Bear or Dr Z its all the same.

#11
Madam Cholet8:59 am, 01 Mar 13

Every time I hear the words ‘Young Liberals’, I wonder just why anyone would waste their youth on doing such a thing. I can slightly get my head around why someone might choose to join ‘Young Labor’, perhaps seeming like more of a cause to the passionate and headstrong young, but all I envisage when I think about Young Liberals, especially in this town (and having known some), is an obsequious and supercilious person.

I will say once more that Jeremy Hanson needs to watch his back. Zed may not be plotting and scheming himself, but plenty of his supporters are and he needs to very quickly distance himself.

#12
Tetranitrate9:52 am, 01 Mar 13

Pulling quorum when they had a guest speaker? seriously?

#13
MsCheeky10:04 am, 01 Mar 13

As an aside, many years ago I worked in the same Federal Government department as Gary Kent, chief pogophile. He is a man of short stature and had a tendency, as a junior ministerial staffer, to be quite demanding. He was known as The Little Kent.

#14
Dilandach10:19 am, 01 Mar 13

Madam Cholet said :

Every time I hear the words ‘Young Liberals’, I wonder just why anyone would waste their youth on doing such a thing.

Because it comes down to a group of people that have the attitude of “Got mine, Flap you.”

#15
Alderney10:49 am, 01 Mar 13

MsCheeky said :

As an aside, many years ago I worked in the same Federal Government department as Gary Kent, chief pogophile. He is a man of short stature and had a tendency, as a junior ministerial staffer, to be quite demanding. He was known as The Little Kent.

Now that’s cheeky.

Interesting to note that the Party has not really that long ago recovered from Gary Kent’s diobolical tenure as Party President. Now he’s Mr Moderate? Do leopards change their spots?

#16
HiddenDragon11:50 am, 01 Mar 13

johnboy said :

Between this and the Liberal MLA’s no show for the unveiling of Sir Robert Menzies lakeside sculpture one begins to wonder what a Canberra Liberal is.

Had it been a statue of Ayn Rand, the outcome may have been somewhat different.

So far as I know, I’ve not had the pleasure of encountering a practising (or indeed, perfect) Young Liberal – so perhaps a well-informed Rioter might be able to provide a pithy pen picture of a typical Young Lib. JB has kicked us off with a particularly juicy title for this thread, so don’t hold back.

#17
buttermaker11:56 am, 01 Mar 13

MsCheeky said :

As an aside, many years ago I worked in the same Federal Government department as Gary Kent, chief pogophile. He is a man of short stature and had a tendency, as a junior ministerial staffer, to be quite demanding. He was known as The Little Kent.

A key thing here is Gary Kent is acting in the interests and the integrity of the party. He has said all along that he is supprting neither Zed or Gary and this is evidenced from what ive heard from him on the radio. Why should he stand by and watch the party succumb to one persons sneaky selfish ambitions. I am a liberal voter but not a member of the liberal party am comforted that there are still people like Gary Kent in the party.

#18
Grail12:00 pm, 01 Mar 13

So apparently Young Liberals are about political games, rather than doing anything for the people that vote for their candidates.

#19
DisaffectedRump12:03 pm, 01 Mar 13

It was quite clear that the Young Liberals were deliberately throwing their own meeting in, so as to be inquorate and not count for voting eligibility.

A huge number of YLs instead attended the SEB meeting, instead of their own meeting – it’s quite obvious that they have been instructed by Tio and the Management Committee to throw the meeting. Fortunately some members were able to then race off to the SEB meeting, as it started 30 minutes after YL was declared inquorate.

YL are playing games in the hopes of capturing cushy jobs with MLAs and perhaps even a Senator. They are playing uni politics in the big leagues of real politics. The vast majority of the Party are tremendous people who believe strongly in the Liberal message and will volunteer, wear out shoe leather, donate money and donate their time. A very small fraction of the Party use it as a vehicle for their own careers.

The Party is being taken back. Last night was just the beginning. The YL (aka Hitler Youth) will not rule our Party.

#20
DisaffectedRump12:05 pm, 01 Mar 13

buttermaker said :

MsCheeky said :

As an aside, many years ago I worked in the same Federal Government department as Gary Kent, chief pogophile. He is a man of short stature and had a tendency, as a junior ministerial staffer, to be quite demanding. He was known as The Little Kent.

A key thing here is Gary Kent is acting in the interests and the integrity of the party. He has said all along that he is supprting neither Zed or Gary and this is evidenced from what ive heard from him on the radio. Why should he stand by and watch the party succumb to one persons sneaky selfish ambitions. I am a liberal voter but not a member of the liberal party am comforted that there are still people like Gary Kent in the party.

Gary Kent is well-known in the Party to NOT be a Gary Humphries supporter. Nor a Zed supporter. He’s a stickler for the rules and does not even work for anyone in the Assembly. He gets nothing from all these effort but satisfaction that the Party is being run fairly and correctly.

#21
thebrownstreak6912:05 pm, 01 Mar 13

Lots of cheap shots, but quite amusing. Keep ‘em coming!

#22
Alderney12:50 pm, 01 Mar 13

DisaffectedRump said :

buttermaker said :

MsCheeky said :

As an aside, many years ago I worked in the same Federal Government department as Gary Kent, chief pogophile. He is a man of short stature and had a tendency, as a junior ministerial staffer, to be quite demanding. He was known as The Little Kent.

A key thing here is Gary Kent is acting in the interests and the integrity of the party. He has said all along that he is supprting neither Zed or Gary and this is evidenced from what ive heard from him on the radio. Why should he stand by and watch the party succumb to one persons sneaky selfish ambitions. I am a liberal voter but not a member of the liberal party am comforted that there are still people like Gary Kent in the party.

Gary Kent is well-known in the Party to NOT be a Gary Humphries supporter. Nor a Zed supporter. He’s a stickler for the rules and does not even work for anyone in the Assembly. He gets nothing from all these effort but satisfaction that the Party is being run fairly and correctly.

BAAAHAAAA

You’re new to the Canberra Liberals aren’t you?

Mulcahy anyone?

#23
Mr Evil12:50 pm, 01 Mar 13

And the funniest thing is Zed is probably too stupid and lazy to realise just how much damage all of this bad publicity is doing him – on top of the free ride he’s trying to get out of the ACT taxpayers by not giving up his position in the legislative assembly.

A pox on all of them.

#24
Thumper1:16 pm, 01 Mar 13

Madam Cholet said :

Every time I hear the words ‘Young Liberals’, I wonder just why anyone would waste their youth on doing such a thing. I can slightly get my head around why someone might choose to join ‘Young Labor’, perhaps seeming like more of a cause to the passionate and headstrong young, but all I envisage when I think about Young Liberals, especially in this town (and having known some), is an obsequious and supercilious person.

I will say once more that Jeremy Hanson needs to watch his back. Zed may not be plotting and scheming himself, but plenty of his supporters are and he needs to very quickly distance himself.

I’m at a loss at to what young libs do?

Object to unions? Plan takeovers of multi-nationals?

Seriously?

#25
buttermaker1:24 pm, 01 Mar 13

Arent they Zeds pawns?

Looks like their juvenille antics are helping to destroy the Canberra Liberals. Lets hope they dont look back on this filled with regret.

#26
DisaffectedRump2:21 pm, 01 Mar 13

Thumper said :

Madam Cholet said :

Every time I hear the words ‘Young Liberals’, I wonder just why anyone would waste their youth on doing such a thing. I can slightly get my head around why someone might choose to join ‘Young Labor’, perhaps seeming like more of a cause to the passionate and headstrong young, but all I envisage when I think about Young Liberals, especially in this town (and having known some), is an obsequious and supercilious person.

I will say once more that Jeremy Hanson needs to watch his back. Zed may not be plotting and scheming himself, but plenty of his supporters are and he needs to very quickly distance himself.

I’m at a loss at to what young libs do?

Object to unions? Plan takeovers of multi-nationals?

Seriously?

Hate the gays.

Difficulty: half are gay.

#27
drfelonious2:27 pm, 01 Mar 13

Don’t you mean quorum interruptus for the headline?

These shenanigans are highly amusing to me. I love it when politicians show their true colours instead of the confected bullsh&t we get served up as our daily bread.

My call is that Bruce Willis has already picked the ultimate outcome for one politician’s career:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7Yp2L6c2KM

#28
LiberalTruth4:57 pm, 01 Mar 13

Seriously Young Libs didn’t plan it very well. Their meeting was an hour before the Tuggeranong one. So nearly all of the pogos went to Tuggers, all except Margaret Reid who had another appointment to go too.

Gotta say Zed had his feathers ruffled a bit last night after he started on his holier than thou attitude with media and people had spoken to the media and were causing trouble. Sorry lets not forget the timesheet affair that he was responsible for and the amount of time that he kept the party in disrepute.

It was good to see that he is still standing up and saying ask me anything….. but when people do and he doesnt like the question he accuses them of being trouble makers. Didn’t work with the strong female members that were there last night, and they let him know in no uncertain circumstance that they have put him on notice that his bullying and intimidation tactics would no longer be put up with.

His bullies and thugs were outnumbered by normal people last night. There is a move at foot to stop staffers from being on management committee. Most Federal MP’s won’t allow their staffers to hold office or vote in party matters – something about conflict of interest or ethics or something Zed and his cronies don t understand , also in NSW family members cannot vote at pre selections.

Zeds dead baby Zeds dead.

#29
banco12:09 am, 02 Mar 13

Zed seems to have been caught flat footed by the attention this has gotten. He’s turning down all interview requests now.

#30
HiddenDragon10:07 am, 02 Mar 13

Amidst all the skulduggery, shenanigans and entertaining hijinks are there any known policy differences between Senator Humphries and would-be Senator Sesselja – or is it just “time for a (generational) change” – i.e. I think it’s my turn?

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