ACT Labor has returned from the room of mirrors post election and resolved to stop their enemies ever getting close to victory again:
As well as numerous public resources, this report is mainly constructed from interviews with local campaigners and the 47 submissions made from ACT Labor members and local party units. The recommendations detailed [...]
Today as I trawled through The Riot Act to pass the time and I read about Zed’s impending coup against Gaz and a religious conservative displacing a secular moderate, I came across some posts about the October 2012 ACT Election.
Reading them, I was reminded of Philip Pocock. Remember him? The qualified and registered psychologist who had interesting [...]
There’s been some water under the bridge since 21 October 2012 when UC academic and vaunted electoral expert Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Government at the University of Canberra Robin Tennant-Wood called me a bozo for questioning her “official” prediction that the ACT Legislative Assembly would have an 8-7-2 split following the ACT election.
The Parliamentary Library has taken a rearview mirror look at the ACT Election.
Very disappointingly it seems the parliamentary library is only aware of one news outlet in Canberra.
A pathetic joke in 2012.
There is little in this world as sad as Government and politicians trying to tap into the zeitgeist. Be it school kids bussed in for government organised “flashmobs” in the name of awareness raising, or “poetry slams” in public libraries with no booze of scoring.
But to that sad, sorry list of flabby failure the ACT [...]
It’s not actually the polls that matter.
WIN’s Luke Dufficy has tweeted that it’s been Chris Bourke forced to make way for Shane Rattenbury in the Labor Ministry.
Chris Bourke out of cabinet. Gallagher/Barr unanimously re-elected as leaders. #Canberra @winnews_act
— Luke Dufficy (@luke_dufficy) November 5, 2012
The price of power.
UPDATE 05/11/12 14:03: Chris Bourke’s statement is no available:
It has been a privilege to serve [...]
Now that the result is known in the ACT election we must either consign ourselves to one party rule for all time, or think about what the Liberals have to do to win.
Running quiet for another four years might replicate the same result (don’t expect to see Labor caught out in Tuggeranong two elections running [...]
Shane has spoken.
More details to come.
Shane will be taking a Ministry.
Greens to support Liberals for the Speakership.
Which ministry to be determined by the Labor Caucus process. Good thing Shane likes the arts.
Shane to be bound by Cabinet unless he absents himself from voting.
We’re being promised the Greenest government in the country.
“Light Rail? We’re going to [...]
Just had the media alert in.
UPDATE: The announcement is on this thread.
This story’s been sent in by Crikey:
The paper, the poll and the almighty ACT stuff-up
CATHY ALEXANDER | OCT 31, 2012 12:28PM
Two days before the ACT election, The Canberra Times splashed with the results of an exclusive opinion poll: “Labor will hold power,” ran the front-page headline.
The Patterson Research poll tipped Labor would coast to victory [...]
The Legislative Assembly has published the finalised composition of the Eighth Assembly. It is what we expected last Saturday. A hung Assembly with the chastened Greens hanging on to the balance of power.
While we await the Greens’ decision on who will form government let’s look at what and who didn’t work in the election campaign.
Despite certain democracy hating tree killers trying to call the election result two days before people actually got to vote it has turned into a monumentally close affair.
Elections ACT have the final allocation of seats:
* Zed Seselja
* Joy Burch
* Brendan Smyth
* Mick Gentleman
* Andrew Wall
* Alistair Coe
* Vicki Dunne
* Mary Porter
* Chris Bourke
* Yvette Berry
Elections ACT are letting it be known they’ve just about finished the primary vote count with 90% about the most we get actually basting a ballot.
They’re now scanning the ballots but don’t expect to really rock and roll with the crucial preferences until Saturday.
“Some media reports have indicated that more than 30,000 votes remain to [...]
The ABC’s Antony Green has some updated numbers on the possible election outcome.
He’s seeing a chance of Labor getting three seats in Ginninderra at the expense of the Greens’ Meredith Hunter.
This would give us an 8 Labor, 8 Liberal, 1 Green assembly.
With only 84% of the vote counted and little serious preference information we maintain [...]
Having been shocked by the Canberra Times calling this election on Thursday morning with data that seemed fantastical it has been heartening to see the actual results of real people voting come out close to my predictions.
The disintegration of the Green vote is the driving dynamic of this election and the Liberals have achieved more [...]
Alright ladies and gentlemen.
You can drop your election night observations in the comments and I’ll be sure to clear them from whichever watering hole I find myself in.
Feel free to share your thoughts as the night rolls on!
This statement just in from the Liberal Party
Liberal Party Campaign incident statement
The ACT election day has been marred by an alleged assault outside a polling booth in Stirling.
At 9:30am this morning a white Subaru car mounted the curb outside Stirling College and ran down a sign for Liberal MLA Steve Doszpot. The driver then sped [...]
It looks like the Labor party must have some very good polling as the booth I went to this morning (red hill) had about 80 liberal signs 20 liberal volunteers, I didn’t notice any Volunteers for the greens or labor and only a few signs. Did the labor party go out and party early after [...]
For those who just can’t get their fill of Election 2012 coverage, there’s national treasure Antony Green’s ACT Votes 2012 site as well as the Pollbludger’s seat-by-seat guide to the election.
Antony’s also got a series of ACT election posts up on his ABC blog.
Another morning, another Labor health announcement:
A re-elected ACT Labor Government will provide another $15 million to further improve access to outpatient services, imaging and chronic pain care.
– $10m to increase access to general outpatient services at Canberra Hospital to provide for new treatment options and meet growing demand. This will enable us to employ [...]
Some needed hard questions from Liberal Senator Gary Humphries over yesterday’s odd paediatrics announcement:
An eleventh hour pledge from the Federal Government of $5m for paediatric services – available only if ACT voters re-elect a Labor government on Saturday – was announced yesterday.
However, it was revealed in Senate Estimates last night that the Health Department knew [...]
The Canberra Times may have already decided the winner of the election, but the specific makeup of the Assembly remains a mystery.
So who are all these people who will be crowding your ballot and which are worthy of your prized “1″ in the box by their name?
Fortunately at the expense of staggering quantities time and [...]
Why bother with even having our one lousy vote every four years when the Canberra Times can just tell us how it’s going to be?
At least Noel Towell managed to look at the camera. That’s something.
Oh what the hell let’s laugh at the little Korean man without realising he’s trying to mock the delusions of [...]
Despite already having very low unemployment Team Katy are promising more jobs all round:
ACT Labor is committed to a modern, dynamic and responsive public service.
A re-elected ACT Labor Government will continue to enhance services to the community and support jobs growth in priority areas such as health. Our plan for Health will see another 500 [...]
Zed and Jeremy ride again with more for mental health:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson announced today if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will improve access to mental health services in the ACT. Mr Seselja said the Canberra Liberals will increase funding by $275,000 each year for the Mental [...]
A curious one here from Team Katy:
If re-elected ACT Labor, in partnership with the Federal Labor Government, will provide $5.8 million towards the establishment of a dedicated service for children in the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department (paediatric stream).
We will kick start this new paediatric response by providing ongoing funding for a Paediatric Clinical Nurse Consultant [...]
The long awaited list of Liberal promises on health (at one page a bit light be called a policy document) is finally with us:
“A Canberra Liberals Government will get Canberra’s health system back on track by injecting $224 million towards:
– Delivering 5,500 more elective surgery operations over the next four years
– Providing 60 additional general [...]
As this election has unfolded it’s become clear we’re looking at two radically different approaches to persuading the electorate.
The Liberals are being deliberately down in the weeds. Extra wheely bin this, more parking that, road duplication there.
Labor on the other hand is all about the aspirations. A good example of that is childhood obesity.
Am I [...]
Team Katy has found another $2 million under the couch for “community sports facilities”:
If re-elected in 2012, ACT Labor will deliver an additional $2 million for upgrades to community sports facilities through our sports grants program, and will increase maintenance to help keep our sports grounds the best in Australia.
The Greens Caroline Le Couteur is pushing the idea of an urban tree trust, presumably on the basis that the Government at large can’t be trusted to look something as important as Canberra’s urban forest:
“Protecting the urban forest means planning for the long term. Getting it wrong will mean more sick and dead trees, with [...]
Sticking to the basics the Liberals are tackling the vexed issue of Belconnen’s parking:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Urban Services Minister Alistair Coe announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will provide hundreds more car parks in Belconnen. Mr Seselja said today’s announcement forms part of the Canberra Liberals commitment [...]