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Elections ACT gives themselves a pat on the back

By 9 August 2013

Our election boffins have announced they did a pretty good job last year:
The report on the conduct of the ACT Legislative Assembly election held on 20 October 2012 was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly yesterday.
“The report examines the conduct of the 2012 election and the operation of the Electoral Act, and recommends areas [...]

ACT Labor planning how to better smite their enemies

By 26 February 2013

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 [...]

Philip Pocock and the October 2012 ACT Election

By 7 February 2013

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 [...]

Still no apology from Robin Tennant-Wood

By 25 January 2013

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.
As [...]

The laziest literature review known to humankind?

By 11 December 2012

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.

How not to do a downfall video. A public safety announcement from the ACT ALP

By 21 November 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 [...]

xkcd put the boot into the Canberra Times approach to polling

By 6 November 2012

It’s not actually the polls that matter.

Chris Bourke returned to the back bench to make way for Shane

By 5 November 2012

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 [...]

So what do the Liberals need to do to win?

By 3 November 2012

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 [...]

And the winner of the 2012 election is… Katy Gallagher

By 2 November 2012

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 [...]

Rattenbury to announce Government at 2.30pm

By 2 November 2012

Just had the media alert in.
UPDATE: The announcement is on this thread.

Crikey gives the Canberra Times and Noel Towell a well deserved leathering

By 31 October 2012

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 [...]

With the election finalised, who should be considering their future?

By 31 October 2012

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.
Brindabella
The [...]

And it’s 8/8/1. Negotiations to follow

By 27 October 2012

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:
Brindabella
* Zed Seselja
* Joy Burch
* Brendan Smyth
* Mick Gentleman
* Andrew Wall
Ginninderra
* Alistair Coe
* Vicki Dunne
* Mary Porter
* Chris Bourke
* Yvette Berry
Molonglo
* [...]

The count goes on

By 24 October 2012

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 [...]

Election result shift, 8/8/1 a possibility?

By 22 October 2012

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 [...]

Election 2012. Anyone who says they know what’s going to happen is a liar

By 20 October 2012

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 [...]

Election 2012. Showtime

By 20 October 2012

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!

Mowing down Liberals in the streets

By 20 October 2012

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 [...]

ACT Election Polling Places, Liberals still trying

By 20 October 2012

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 [...]

Wonk’s delight – ACT election coverage from Antony and Pollbludger

By 19 October 2012

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.

Labor promises $15 million for outpatients and imaging

By 19 October 2012

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.
This includes:
– $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 [...]

Gazza asks just what the hell was Kate Lundy doing yesterday?

By 18 October 2012

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 [...]

So who the hell do I vote for?

By 18 October 2012

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 [...]

Democracy Canberra Style

By 18 October 2012

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 [...]

Labor promises jobs jobs jobs

By 18 October 2012

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 [...]

Liberals’ plan for mental health

By 17 October 2012

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 [...]

Labor promises a paediatric stream at the Emergency Department

By 17 October 2012

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 [...]

Colonel Hanson declares “war” on hospital waiting lists

By 17 October 2012

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 [...]

So what is the difference between Liberal and Labor?

By 17 October 2012

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 [...]

Labor brings $2 million for Community Sports Facilities

By 16 October 2012

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.

Greens propose an Urban Tree Trust

By 16 October 2012

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 [...]

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