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Gazza still getting square with those who wronged him

By 30 September 2010

Senator Humphries, returned victorious to his seat in the Senate is still lashing out at all who encouraged any outcome but his return.
It’s been 20 days since the last outburst against Lin Hatfield Dodds for having the temerity to try to unseat him.
Today we get this:
GETUP IS A FRONT FOR THE LABOR/GREENS ALLIANCE
Senator Gary Humphries [...]

ACT Indies all miss out on electoral funding

By 21 September 2010

The Electoral Commission has reported on the cash bonanza for election candidates who polled over 4% of the vote.
Sadly none of the little fellas in the ACT got to join in. (on the other hand it’s not as if anyone campaigned too hard here either)

LHD congratulates Gazza

By 14 September 2010

Following Senator Humphries’ ill-tempered claiming of electoral victory last Friday his defeated contender Lin Hatfield Dodds has now congratulated him.
Ms Hatfield Dodds congratulated the ACT’s two continuing Senators. “The campaign was hard fought right down to the wire. I would like to extend my warm congratulations to Senator Kate Lundy and Senator Gary Humphries on [...]

Not exactly gracious in victory

By 10 September 2010

Senator Humphries has been officially given the nod by the electoral commission to retain his place.
His office has now sent out the sort of media release normally associated with a sore loser:
THE TRUTH BEHIND THE GREENS SPIN CYCLE
Despite the hundreds of thousands of dollars, the dodgy polls, and the blatant fear campaign run by the [...]

Fraser The Greenest Of Them All

By 9 September 2010

The Greens are celebrating Canberra’s northern electorate of Fraser recording a 19.84% vote to the Greens.
Today’s official declaration of results from the Australian Electoral Commission confirms that the ACT is the greenest part of Australia.
“This election has seen the ACT Greens achieve their best ever result of 19.84% in Fraser, with an historic swing [...]

The future arrives at 3pm

By 7 September 2010

We hear the press conference has been set for 3pm when we find out which major party’s been able to lube themselves up enough to offer a pleasing sensation to the rural independents.
As Canberra’s public servants hold their breath we’ll let you know when it comes through.
UPDATE: 13:37 Bob Katter announces for the Liberals. (other [...]

The Hung Parliament Blues

By 30 August 2010

The ABC reports that while the nation waits for two loveable yokels and a mad old fascist to decide who can give them what they want the fair and reasonable trio of wise and statesmen like rural independent to finish deliberating on the future of Australia’s Government… Well it ain’t pretty for the ACT economy:
Restaurants [...]

Independent’s Day

By 27 August 2010

Wednesday night’s Chaser featured Canberra in an unusual way that bears repeating.
*shudders*

Why isn’t Canberra a Marginal Seat?

By 24 August 2010

Just to open debate up and in an effort to continue flogging a dead horse.  I want to know why Canberra isn’t a marginal seat?  
Being a safe Labor seat means that we cannot take advantage of being invited to the Budget Banquet, instead we are relegated to taking the scraps.  Canberra is seen as a [...]

Canberra Uber Alles?

By 24 August 2010

And so, with the fevered wrangling of a hung parliament in full cry, there’s only one place to be to conduct the crucial negotiations.
It shouldn’t be surprising that the nation’s capital is that place.
But the city now seems like the logical place for these meetings as opposed to the place MPs have to go for [...]

ACT: House of Reps Results

By 23 August 2010

Ok
Time to take a look at the local ACT House results.
No changes as expected and the flow of Labor primary votes going to the Greens and returning via preferences seems to match the national trend.
Canberra swung more than Fraser, perhaps due to Giulia Jones’ higher profile in Canberra (having contested Molonglo in the [...]

Election10 chatter post

By 21 August 2010

OK, feel free to knock yourselves out in the comments with election related venting.
BTW do you think this banner was meant to create this effect?

UPDATE: The all important ACT Senate count is up here.

Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Gai Brodtmann for Canberra

By 20 August 2010

Gai Brodtmann, the Labor candidate for Canberra answers your questions in this election series.
[If you think it reasonable for candidates to answer questions from the public then please email the recalcitrants]
1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.
– No. I would not support [...]

Voting tomorrow for election 2010

By 20 August 2010

I’m not going to tell you how to vote. Heck I haven’t even made up my own mind yet.
But I can tell you that the following candidates here in the ACT thought it was reasonable to be asked questions when presenting themselves for election:
– Quintin Phillips-Hedges for Fraser (Secular Party)
– Anthony David for the Senate [...]

Is it time to fire up the shredders?

By 20 August 2010

With the late polls and bookies pointing to a hung parliament (richly deserved after a double small target election campaign of spinelessness by both sides) is it time to panic yet in the corridors of power?
Any of our parliament house or public servants noticing a bout of shredding Normal Administrative Procedure?

Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Sue Ellerman for Canberra

By 20 August 2010

Sue Ellerman, the Greens candidate for Canberra answers your questions in this election series.
[If you think it reasonable for candidates to answer questions from the public then please email the recalcitrants]
1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.
No, the Australian Greens support self-government [...]

Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Lin Hatfield Dodds for the Senate

By 20 August 2010

Lin Hatfield Dodds, the Greens lead candidate for the Senate answers your questions in this election series.
[If you think it reasonable for candidates to answer questions from the public then please email the recalcitrants]
1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.
No, the Australian [...]

Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Hannah Parris for the Senate

By 19 August 2010

Hannah Parris, the Greens second candidate for the Senate answers your questions in this election series.
[If you think it reasonable for candidates to answer questions from the public then please email the recalcitrants]
1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.
No, the Australian Greens [...]

The Gary and Lin Show

By 19 August 2010

Labor’s Kate Lundy doesn’t have to sully herself with the undignified matter of wooing voters.
But the Liberals’ Gary Humphries and the Greens’ Lin Hatfield Dodds want to have an education debate. They’ve got, as far as I can be bothered to tell, the same decades old boring argument on just how much public money we [...]

Coalition to increase ‘efficiency dividend’?

By 19 August 2010

According to an article in the Crimes this morning; not only would the coalition in Government cut 12 000 jobs from the Public Service (through natural attrition – yeah right we heard that in 1996…) they are also going to increase the efficiency dividend from 1.25% to 2%.
Now, and this pains me to say it [...]

Extra ACT voters

By 19 August 2010

The Australian Electoral Commission has announced that following GetUp!’s High Court win there are now 247,659 enrolled electors in the ACT.
This is up from 246,436, so a gain of 1,223.
Interestingly the youth age groups are not overwhelmingly represented in the gains:
18: +157
19: +105
20-24: +199
25-29: +224
30-34: +175
So more about grown ups moving to town and [...]

Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Indra Esguerra for Fraser

By 19 August 2010

Indra Esguerra, the Greens candidate for Fraser answers your questions in this election series.
[If you think it reasonable for candidates to answer questions from the public then please email the recalcitrants]
1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.
No, the Australian Greens support self-government [...]

Do you want your questions answered?

By 18 August 2010

On 2 August we sent out our candidate questionnaire to those seeking elected office in the Commonwealth Parliament representing the people of this Territory.
The questions were drawn from those asked by our readers.
With three sleeps to go it is a little disappointing that our 5,000+ readers a day (stats above courtesy of Google) are held [...]

Just what do the Liberals think about light rail?

By 18 August 2010

Greens candidate Lin Hatfield Dodds is asking unkind questions of the Liberals’ Gary Humphries:
“Gary Humphries in a debate with me on ABC Radio made it clear that he didn’t support Light Rail for Canberra, saying:
ABC’s Alex Sloan: “Fairy Tale stuff Mr Humphries?”
Mr Humphries: “It certainly is.”
Mr Humphries went on to add: “You can’t make those [...]

Guess the MOG

By 17 August 2010

As the final days of the interminable beige campaign wind down, perhaps it is time to think about what changes are likely to be coming our way post-election?
It must be time then to play “Guess the MOG”.
What departments do you think will be up for the infamous Machinery of Government changes that keep Canberra’s office [...]

Green plans for housing affordability

By 16 August 2010

In the grim silence of Canberra’s moribund democracy the Greens’ Lin Hatfield Dodds has been alone in giving any sign of bothering with the campaign at all.
Today she’s talking about a Green policy she hopes will help with Canberra’s staggeringly unaffordable housing market:
“The Convert to Rent initiative provides financial assistance to property owners to convert [...]

On 21 August 2010 my senate vote will go to…

By 12 August 2010

[First filed: Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:14]
If the Greens can make news with a poll of 400 people then why not have a look at how the RiotACT readership is feeling about the crucial Senate race?

On 21 August in the Senate I will give the higher preference to
Lin Hatfield Dodds (Greens) (52%, 366 Votes)
Gary Humphries [...]

Senate candidates debate climate change at the Canberra Club

By 11 August 2010

[ 11 August 2010 at 5:30 pm; ] Facebook informs us that the Senate candidates are hammering out climate change tonight at the Canberra Club:

If you’re in Canberra, this is your chance to hear the three lead Senate candidates for the ALP, Liberal Party and the Greens discuss their views on climate change and what action their party is committed to if [...]

What’s in it for Canberra? A GP Super Clinic!

By 11 August 2010

ALP announcements today (courtesy of ABC News) include some good news for Canberrans who are sick of having to wait a week (or more) to see a GP who doesn’t even bulk bill. They’re going to build a GP Super Clinic, providing after-hours bulk billed GP services to reduce the pressure on hospital emergency departments. [...]

We will fight them on the bike paths?

By 10 August 2010

As seen by Yarramundi Reach yesterday.
Most other parties poster the arterial roads, but The Greens are a little different.

Greens in with a shot for Gazza’s Senate seat?

By 9 August 2010

The conventional political wisdom is that the Greens have no chance of stopping the Liberals Gary Humphries getting the 33% of the vote he needs to hold his Senate seat in his own right.
But Green candidate Lin Hattfield Dodds is pretty much the only candidate making a campaign of it.
Today the green cheerleaders at the [...]

Youth take to the streets

By 9 August 2010

Owen sent in this pic with the following note:
Garema Place, about lunchtime on Sunday saw forty or more young and happy blue clad soles chanting their way through the place. The cards handed out described themselves as the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, no political affiliation, though the back of the card had lots of smileys [...]

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