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Gary Humphries stripped of Liberals Award

By 29 May 2014

The Canberra Times has a story today about former ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries being stripped of a distinguished service award because he wrote an opinion piece that publicly said the party needed to change direction to improve its chances of winning government at the next election.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/liberal-party-revokes-award-for-former-act-senator-gary-humphries-20140528-zrqqn.html
It all seems very petty, vindictive and stupid to [...]

21st Century Factionalism – Canberra Liberals Feuding Goes Digital

By 19 May 2014

Perhaps one of the more popular topics of discussion amongst local political insiders at present is the emergence of a raft of Facebook Fan Pages claiming to support the Canberra Liberals sub-grouping, the Menzies Group.
For those not already familiar with the internal workings of the local Liberal Party, the Menzies Group is a rebel band [...]

Zed’s people sending his post bills hither and yon

By 4 December 2013

There’s a highly curious story in the Canberra Times about a $20,000 post bill rung up by Senator Zed Seselja that some un-named flunkey has been repeatedly trying to offload without success:
But the bill failed to reach the Canberra Liberals’ ACT division headquarters until last month, despite repeated requests by Australia Post and the Legislative [...]

Political SPIN at SPIN Fest

By 16 October 2013

[ 20 October 2013; 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] SPIN Fest is about things that spin, and there’s no spin quite like political spin.

This Sunday Political SPIN will take place from 3 till 4 and may just include more political spin than this writer can actually stomach. If you think you can handle it, the event is “free” although you still have to pay [...]

Gazza to pimp out his mates

By 16 October 2013

The Canberra Times has the happy news that knifed ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries has found gainful employment selling access to the Abbott Government to whomever can afford his fees:
His appointment to 1st State Government and Corporate Relations will be announced on Wednesday.
Mr Humphries will be able to draw on experience and contacts built up [...]

Confused Gary Kent will destroy the Liberals to save them

By 12 July 2013

The ABC brings word of former Liberal heavy Gary Kent’s judicial battle to take things back to ye oldie days when people paid attention to him.
A former Canberra Liberals president is taking action against the party in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Gary Kent led a push earlier this year to overturn the party’s federal [...]

Humphries in a huff about education reforms

By 15 April 2013

Humphries doesn’t like the Govenment’s plan to help improve literacy in poor children, because Canberra is a rich person’s town.
“Canberra will lose because, with our city’s high socio-economic status and an education system already meeting the Gonski benchmarks, little extra funding can be expected for Canberra schools”, Senator Humphries said.
Humphries also points out a [...]

Gazza throws in the towel

By 28 March 2013

Senator Humphries announced a press conference this morning at 11.45 to discuss last night’s party meeting and the Senate pre-selection.
We attended with a smattering of reptiles and, as the wind was blowing a hooligan, proceedings were moved inside.
I’ve recorded the whole shebang for posterity.
A particular highlight is at the end when he’s asked how the [...]

Zeddites triumphant

By 28 March 2013

The ABC reports that despite all the sound and fury of the Pogos* Zed Seselja still had the numbers the second time around for the winnable Senate seat in the ACT.
The Canberra Liberals, in the wake of this shambles are really going to have to extract their digits to hold out the Greens’ Simon Sheikh [...]

Liberals now attacking each other with lawyers as political pantomime continues

By 25 March 2013

Not to be outdone by Labor’s ridiculous spill/no spill circus, the local Liberals have stepped forwards remind us that they are just as much a parody of a real political party by bringing in lawyers to settle this whole Zed Seselja versus Gary Humphries malarky.
For those who have blissfully avoided or managed to forget the [...]

Gazza wants to know where Tony’s Centenary invite has got to

By 10 March 2013

Liberal Senator Gary Humphries has put forth a complain about his leader not getting an invite to the Centenary formalities:
Senator Gary Humphries today expressed his regret that the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, had not been invited to play a role in a ceremony to mark a century since the official naming of Canberra.
The [...]

Zeddite v. Pogo rumble slated for 27 March

By 9 March 2013

The Canberra Times is still quoting combatants as neutral officiators in the Humphries v. Seselja deathmatch wracking the Liberal Party for the winnable Senate seat.
But the story does at least clear up that the big meeting to decide on overturning Zed’s preselection victory is to be held on 27 March.

Vote delayed as the pogo tide builds

By 7 March 2013

The ABC has bad news for the Zeddites:
But hundreds of members were barred from taking part in the vote and many are challenging the result.
They claim the process unfairly favoured Mr Seselja.
They successfully petitioned the Liberal Party Executive to agree to hold a vote on whether to overturn the preselection process and hold a [...]

Pogos turning the tide in the war upon the Zeddites

By 2 March 2013

The Canberra Times has a confused account of where the pre-selection War in Heaven (apparently conducted in the afterlife) for the Liberals Senate spot is up to.
Many Pogo* members excluded from voting by Zeddite manipulation (including Big Bob Winnel) have now got themselves some voting rights and it appears there will be another pre-selection vote.
Meanwhile [...]

Pogos to fight back

By 27 February 2013

The ABC has the unsurprising news that Senator Gary Humphries will take an opportunity if it comes his way:
A top level Liberal Party meeting will consider a motion to have the result set aside because of concerns that many members were denied a vote.
Senator Humphries was asked on Monday whether he would renominate if the [...]

Zed Seselja wonders why Labor won’t give Lanyon Valley a pool

By 27 February 2013

After Zed’s victorious campaign against the Pogos over the weekend he has now turned his mighty gaze onto the residents of Lanyon Valley and is wondering why Labor hasn’t given them a pool yet.
In the Assembly today, Mr Seselja will call on the ACT Labor Government to outline when they will develop more community facilities [...]

Reading Mr Rabbit’s words with the eyes of a lawyer

By 14 February 2013

Political circles are getting very excited by the Canberra Times reporting on Tony Abbott’s remarks last night on the pre-selection race.
Bearing in mind that the Times is basically the Mouth Of Gazza at this point in the race Abbott’s remarks are not as clear cut as they at first appear:
Mr Abbott praised Senator Humphries’ political [...]

ACT Labor Government regulating its foes?

By 13 February 2013

The Canberra Times has an intriguing story on Simon Corbell announcing to the Assembly that his Office of Regulatory Services is investigating the Canberra Liberals.
This is curious.
In the article the Liberals say they know nothing about this.
The ORS media release page has nothing on this at the time of writing.
So Simon is in special communication [...]

Looks like Gazza sleep walked into an ambush

By 9 February 2013

Two moderately illuminating stories in the Canberra Times today on the Liberal Senate seat stoush.
The first is Gary Kent (former party president of the Gazza school) fulminating on all the things he coulda shoulda woulda gone and done, and still might if he had the numbers which he probably doesn’t.
This bit is worth repeating [...]

Zed messing up the factions with his push

By 5 February 2013

Crikey have had a poke at the Gary Humphries knifing.
It’s interesting to consider that at the Parliamentary level the conservative Zed is squeezing the numbers of the moderates.
The grip of the big-C Conservatives on the federal Coalition may be about to tighten, with moderate ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries likely to be rolled in a [...]

Will Zed run? We find out Monday!

By 1 February 2013

The ABC brings word that Monday is the deadline for Liberal party nominations to run in this year’s federal election.
Which means Zed Seselja’s Hamlet act is drawing to a close.
Will he run at the lacklustre Gai Brodtmann in the southern electorate of Canberra?
Will he get into a preselection brawl with sitting Liberal Senator Gary Humphries?
Will [...]

Gazza weeps for PS workplaces

By 11 January 2013

Liberal Senator Gary Humphries is deeply concerned at cuts to the pot plants in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship:
For example, answers to Questions on Notice received from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship reveal that in just over four months DIAC has removed over two thirds of the plants that formerly adorned their offices.
“Despite [...]

Simon Sheikh planning a doomed run at Gazza

By 23 October 2012

The ABC has the risible news that the former GetUp! frontman Simon Sheikh wants to run Green for an ACT Senate Seat.
He thinks Liberal Senator Gary Humphries’ seat is vulnerable.
I really don’t see Gary’s core constituency flocking to Simon Sheikh.
UPDATE 23/10/12 09:32: The Liberals’ Eric Abetz is taking this as a gotcha moment:
“Simon Sheik’s [...]

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 [...]

Look! Look! They’re doing it too shrieks Gazza!

By 28 September 2012

Senator Humphries is making a point of the Government’s reductions to the public service:
The Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday released figures that show public service job vacancies in Canberra have slumped to their lowest levels in 15 years.
“The ABS has belled the cat – Labor can’t continue denying that jobs are going from Canberra”, Senator [...]

Gazza gets youth and sport following the Bernardi Shuffle

By 20 September 2012

Following Senator Cory Bernardi’s unfortunate outburst the Liberals have had to have a reshuffle as the body is taken away and the blood cleaned up.
ACT Senator Gary Humphries has let it be known he’s been moved into Youth and Sport, something he seems to be taking some glee in, and it will put him back [...]

Humphries happy dancing on NBN woes

By 30 August 2012

As has too often been the case in recent years we’re buggered if we can make sense of what Senator Humphries is trying to achieve.
He’s opposed to the NBN and yet disappointed construction has gone slowly? Just happy to be able to give Senator Lundy the bird?
Yet again, Labor’s broadband promises to Gungahlin are [...]

ACT Labor ignoring carbon tax costs to hospitals, says Humphries

By 30 July 2012

Senator Gary Humphries has accused the ACT Labor government of ignoring the costs of the carbon tax on Canberran hospitals. Most of Australia has by now released information about the additional costs to hospitals, but the ACT is yet to do so.
“The ACT Labor government says it is still conducting analysis to examine how much [...]

Lanyon bogans coming North for their Centrelink needs! (And Civic Medicare to close)

By 21 June 2012

Senator Humphries has the chilling news that the Lanyon Centrelink shopfront is being closed in July with horrible consequences for the city as their clients are forced further afield to secure their hand outs!
“The Lanyon Centrelink has been servicing customers since 1999 and today we find out that that service will be gone by this [...]

Should federal health funding be rigidly tied to head of population?

By 6 March 2012

Liberal Senator Gary Humphries is drawing our attention to the low level of health funding for Canberra under the Medicare Locals system:
The Medicare Locals system will see $493 million go to coordinating primary healthcare delivery across Australia but only 0.85% of that amount will find its way into the capital’s healthcare system.
“About 1.5% of Australians [...]

No Centenary without a well funded NCA?

By 23 January 2012

Senator Humphries enthusiasm for a well funded National Capital Authority has culminated in an intriguing media release.
Having noticed that some of the Centenary’s motherhood statements bear a passing resemblance to what the NCA might have, Senator Humphries goes on to assert that reduced funding to the NCA compromises the Centenary.
All these goals overlap with [...]

Canberra to joint bid with NSW for the G20 meeting

By 16 January 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s reached an agreement with NSW to jointly bid for the gargantuan G20 summit in 2014 (whereby the leaders of the 20 most powerful countries in the world will all need motorcades and 5 star hotels simultaneously).
“Late last year I wrote to NSW Premier, Mr Barry O’Farrell, proposing that our [...]

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