Tag Archives: senate race

ACT Senate Count explained

By 2 October 2013

With the AEC releasing the full distribution of preferences for the ACT Senate count, Antony Green has an article explaining how the count unfolded. In the end, Zed was elected to the second seat at Count 39 when the Palmer United Party was excluded, Antony explaining:
The Liberal Party had achieved the quota entirely on [...]

Simon Sheikh concedes to Zed the Silent

By 26 September 2013

Twitter is abuzz with the news that the Greens’ Simon Sheikh is conceding he’s been beaten for the second Senate seat on the back of Animal Justice Party preferences to the Liberals.
We hope that Senator Seselja will make efforts to broaden his base over the next three years.

UPDATE: The ABC has a report:
While the [...]

Vast swathes of below the line votes remain to be counted

By 11 September 2013

The Canberra Times reports that before you think it’s all over in the Senate Race there have been a record number of below the line votes, something like 20%.
One imagines few who went to that trouble put Zed first. In fact, anecdotally, below the line we hear he’s often dead last.
With that 20% still not [...]

Picking up the pieces post election

By 9 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Well you’re all going to have to get used to Prime Minister Abbott for at least a little while.
Can anyone remember an election where the result was so clearly obvious in advance?
Here in the ACT there was a small swing to Liberal despite the scare campaigns on public service cuts.
In the Senate race Zed was [...]

Think very hard about your Senate vote

By 6 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

We’re not in the business of telling our readers how to vote.
But we do share information which may colour that decision.
Canberra voters can usually be taken for granted to deliver one Liberal Senator and two Labor MP’s and one Labor Senator.
But with Tony Abbott so far ahead in this race that he’s putting policy lead [...]

Wake up Zed?

By 6 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

On the one hand encouraging shameless media tart (and KAP candidate for an ACT Senate seat) Stephen Bailey seems like an ill-advised move.
On the other hand it is rather catchy.
Here’s what he had to say about his latest YouTube offering.
Even Tony Abbott is frustrated by the Canberra Liberals – Wake up Zed
Since April I have [...]

Is spending time with his newborn more important than campaigning for Zed? [With Poll]

By 4 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Canberra Times is asking where’s Zed?
The Canberra Liberals have been accused of avoiding public scrutiny during the election campaign by skipping out on at least seven multi-candidate forums in the ACT.
But a senior Liberals campaign spokeswoman rejected the suggestion by Greens Senate candidate Simon Sheikh that the party was hiding its candidates.
Mr Sheikh’s Liberal [...]

What’s your prediction on the order the minor party’s will finish in the Senate?

By 20 August 2013

Given here in the ACT, we won’t have any change to the status quo when it comes to this federal election. Both lower house seats will go labor and senate will be labor first the liberal second.
For a bit more fun can you guess what the order of the minor party’s will be in [...]

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 [...]

Zed grills Simon Sheikh on Labor membership

By 17 April 2013

Liberal Senate candidate Zed Seselja is stamping his tiny feet at Green candidate Simon Sheikh over exactly how long Simon was in the Labor party before transitioning through “progressive activist” to Green:
Today’s edition of The Australian shows that there are serious conflicts between Mr Sheikh’s account of his previous Labor Party membership and Labor’s membership [...]

Gazza throws in the towel


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


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 [...]

Extra days on the calendar for the 1%?

By 20 March 2013

The Canberra Times has an intriguing piece on the continuing warfare between the zeddites and the pogos for the soul of the Liberal Party in Canberra.
Madame Reid has finally succeeded in registering as a voting member.
But so too has the Great and Powerful Bob Winnell on a date which suggests the world is rather more [...]

Pogos last chance to get voting rights

By 18 March 2013

Tomorrow night is the last chance for the pogos to get their voting rights up for the Liberal special council meeting – or as some are calling it Zeds last rites.
It will be interesting to see how many of Zeds thugs turn up to intimidate the elderly. I hear Gary has his own band [...]

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 [...]

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

By 1 March 2013

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 [...]

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 [...]

Zeddites triumph over Pogos, for now

By 23 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The ABC has the story on the expected pre-selection triumph of Zed Seselja in knocking over Senator Gary Humphries:
The ACT Liberal Party has dumped long-serving Senator Gary Humphries after a bitter preselection battle.
Former ACT Liberal leader Zed Seselja won today’s preselection vote 114 to 84 votes.
CityNews reports that Pogo* stalwart Gary Kent is planning to [...]

Zed ‘Push polling’?

By 20 February 2013

I just got an automated call from a company I’ve never heard of. They are doing a poll on people’s intentions for the next federal election.
By the sounds of it (“What is your personal opinion of Zed Seselja”), Zed’s team was paying for it.
Not really ‘Push polling’, but still pretty lame.
Is Zed that desperate? [...]

Hanson backs Zed

By 15 February 2013

The ABC reports that new Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson is backing his old boss (and the process to install him) in the race for Senate pre-selection.
It certainly would make things awkward in the party room if Zed were to fail in this tilt.

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 [...]

Steven Bailey raising hell for Katter on gay marriage

By 8 February 2013

The National Time reports that Steven Bailey’s ACT senate run for Katter’s Australian Party has hit turbulence over gay marriage.
The 29-year-old composer and theatre director, Steven Bailey, told Fairfax Media that the party’s national director, Aidan McLindon, called him on Friday morning and asked him to reconsider both his position on gay marriage and his [...]

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 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:
Senator Gary Humphries [...]

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 [...]

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