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 [...]
Liberal senator Zed Seselja has hopes for big plans to revitalise Tuggeranong (according to today’s Canberra Times). The new plan would include an extension of Tuggeranong to the west side of the Murrumbidgee River – in a bid to bring the Tuggeranong town centre into the true centre of the Tuggereanong Valley.
Those folk leading worthwhile lives may not have realised Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf has been in some trouble lately for plagiarism.
Somehow this has lead to Grantland’s Hollywood Prospectus dragging Canberra’s Liberal Senator Zed Seselja into the mix.
Zed is pleased enough to have retweeted it:
Good to see the erudite @ZedSeselja's maiden speech getting worldwide attention through [...]
I walked past Zed Seselja’s office today and was surprised to see several large Liberal Party logos on the front window.
Perhaps I’ve been mistaken but I’ve always held the impression that electorate offices were meant to be branding free. I can’t find any info either way online but don’t recall ever seeing any info [...]
For reasons beyond all sanity Senator Zed Seselja is launching a DVD about brutal siege warfare at a Primary School today.
Senator Zed Seselja will today launch Giralang Primary School’s DVD featuring the Rats of Tobruk.
The DVD is a result of Giralang Primary winning a Department of Veterans Affairs Schools’ Grant to establish the Rats [...]
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 [...]
Liberal Senator Seselja and Liberal MLA Coe have joined forces to tell us what Zed’s going to do for ACT roads with Alistair’s help.
Zed Seselja, Liberal Senator for the ACT, has been appointed Chair of the ACT Consultative Panel for the Black Spot Programme by Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs. Deputy [...]
Today Shane Rattenbury, Bob Brown, Zed Seselja, and a whole pile of us media types all stood uncomfortably on a gigantic ant hill to celebrate the opening of the Parliament House walk.
These media events are always really interesting to me, there’s a bizarre camaraderie between everyone there. All the journalists know each other, and all [...]
Senator Seselja is engaging in the dubious strategy of trying to convince a public service mid-mutilation that Labor was going to do the same anyway:
“Whilst running an entire campaign focussed on supposedly saving jobs, Labor was cutting jobs behind Canberrans’ backs,” stated Senator Seselja. “Labor members blatantly lied to the people of Canberra.”
Labor’s cuts [...]
The Canberra Times is keeping up with local Liberal machinations as Party President Tio Faulkner hands over the reins to Peter Collins.
Mr Faulkner had nominated for re-election but announced at the party’s annual meeting on Wednesday night that he would not recontest. He told meeting it was ”the right time to step aside”.
”It’s been a [...]
Jane Hiatt is a Canberran taking part in the Bravehearts “777 Challenge”, which is where you run seven marathons in seven days across seven states.
Today was marathon #6 for Jane.
Zed Seselja has decided to support Jane and the Bravehearts by joining Ms. Hiatt as she crosses the finishing line… because why should the best bit [...]
The Tennant and District Times has a piece on Senator Seselja’s plans to get his electorate office “out in the suburbs”, which one suspects is code for the bowels of Tuggeranong.
He will, however, see out Gary Humphries’ lease in Civic.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
A bonus parking photo in today from Charnwood by a source that chooses to remain anonymous.
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
A keen eyed reader has noticed an admirable commitment to recycling on the Seselja battle wagon parked outside the Press Club this lunchtime.
Waste not, want not.
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We’re still waiting to hear from the Liberals as to why their candidates Zed Seselja and Merinda Nash were nominated as having the same home phone number.
And we’re also still waiting to get any sensible clarification about Liberal marked vehicles parked in disabled spaces.
So it’s nice to come full circle in a way with this [...]
Last Monday we sent two questions in to the Canberra Liberals and can’t say the answers were entirely satisfactory.
The first one was why the Electoral Commission has the same home phone number for Zed Seselja and Merinda Nash.
Having been promised that our question had been forwarded to the appropriate person there has been deathly [...]
Simon Sheikh used to be the national director of GetUp!
He no longer is. When he become a candidate he said he no longer had any ties to that company.
GetUp! director Sam McLean however claims that Sheikh is still technically the director of a subsidiary company, however this is only because they forgot to take his [...]
This in from Joe Dempsey:
I thought you might be interested in the some of the outcomes of the candidates Q&A that was held by the ANU Society for Arts & Social Sciences (SASS) at the ANU last night.
The two lead senate candidates for each of the Canberra Liberals (Zed Seselja) and the ACT [...]
Elections ACT have punched the numbers and Nicole Lawder will be joining the Liberals in the Legislative Assembly as Zed mooches off into the sunset to await his go in the Senate (Unless bitter Gaz boosters do him down for Simon Sheikh):
The names of the candidates who applied to contest the vacancy and the final [...]
The Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson has announced a new shadow cabinet to fill the hole left by Zed’s departure (stop snickering at the back there):
The major portfolios remain in place, with Health staying with Mr Hanson, Education with Steve Doszpot, Brendan Smyth retaining Shadow Treasury while TAMS, Planning and Transport stay with Deputy Leader Alistair [...]
Elections ACT have pronounced the timetable for replacing Zed Seselja in the Legislative Assembly after serving for a very short time as the Member for Brindabella:
Legislative Assembly vacancies are filled by conducting a ‘count-back’ of those ballot papers that elected the vacating member. In effect, those electors who voted for Mr Seselja determine his [...]
Seeing as how Zed Seselja now obviously has more time on his hands, Simon Sheikh thought it would be a lovely idea if they met up for a bit of a debate over Tony Abbott’s planned job cuts.
Following Zed Seselja’s announcement of his resignation from the ACT Legislative Assembly this morning, ACT Greens Senate candidate [...]
The Canberra Times has been given the goss that their former leader Zed Seselja is quitting the Assembly to tilt full time for the Senate having already knifed Gary Humphries for the pre-selection.
The campaign has begun!
UPDATE: Zed’s announcement is now available:
Today Zed Seselja has announced today that the date of his departure from the ACT [...]
Jeremy Hanson, Brendan Smyth, Zed Seselja, Steve Doszpot, and Vicki Dunne are going to play netball for charity. This new sporty gang will be showing their netball skills in order to raise awareness and funds for Bosom Buddies and Lifeline Canberra.
“We’re very honoured to be participating in the game this weekend as both charities provide [...]
Senate Candidate for the ACT Steven Bailey has just unleashed a sternly worded press release calling out Zed Seselja and claiming that Zed represents “no one but himself” and has “fought for nothing but his own position.”
Cue “Oooooooohhhhh!” from the rest of the classroom.
Here’s some more of Bailey’s words:
Bailey is driven by a fundamental [...]
Member for Brindabella Zed Seselja has moved a motion that will hopefully help the parking situation in Erindale around the Group Centre.
He also has gifted me with the funniest press release I’ve read this week.
Here’s an excerpt:
ZED FIGHTS FOR EASIER PARKING AT ERINDALE
Member for Brindabella Zed Seselja moved a motion in the ACT Legislative Assembly [...]