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Things to do to Canberra? Bring on the Bolt reforms!

By johnboy - 23 May 2012 67

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Andrew Bolt is running a particularly mean spirited post on things he would like to do to Canberra.

Some tests that this haven of Leftism could be required to undergo:
– convert to 100 per cent renewable energy, with all the costs to be born by the locals.

– impose the carbon tax ahead of the rest of the country.

– make do without its share of coal-derived income.

– legalisation of all recreation drugs, with all addicts and traffickers involved to be dealt with at Canberra’s cost..

– a double of the immigration and refugee intake, with all arrivals to be required to live in Canberra. All boat people to be transferred to Canberra for home-stay accommodation.

The idea that people who hold a differing ideological view to Bolt should in some way be punished is quite vile. Especially when placing collective responsibility on an entire community simply for harbouring those guilty of thought crimes.

Having said that. How awesome would Canberra be if this was implemented?

The drug law reform could conceivably pay for the renewables cost and foregone coal revenue.

And the influx of enterprising boat people would do wonders for the town. Half of Sydney would be coming down here for the weekend every weekend!

(Thanks to Thumper for the tip!)

[Photo by Martyo of Foreshore with no specific reference to drugs at that event]

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67 Responses to
Things to do to Canberra? Bring on the Bolt reforms!
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greyswandir 3:25 pm
23 May 12
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dungfungus said :

greyswandir said :

Also i kind of love the carbon-tax suggestion… correct me if I’m wrong Rioters, but unless Canberra plays host to at least one of the top polluters surely there’s no-one here to carbon-tax?

The biggest carbon polluter in the ACT would be the Glassworks at Kingston. Those electric kilns chew a shitload of KW. I wonder what their monthly electricity bill is?

it would be pretty lulzworthy if the carbon-tax was imposed on Canberra early and the only thing that happened was the price of vases increasing.

Though it might have a roll-on effect to Brodburger’s overheads… perhaps that’s the impending tax-precipitated doom which has its opponents clutching their pearls and wailing?

…not going to lie, that would be pretty horrible

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Ben_Dover 3:31 pm
23 May 12
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cegee said :

Can we also bring back voluntary euthanasia?

And involuntary please.

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Jivrashia 3:43 pm
23 May 12
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I’m assuming this tongue-in-cheek comment by Mr Bolt is a sort of a follow up to the trial of the pokie mandatory pre-commitment technology that will be introduced in ACT shortly.

If these pre-commitment technology can be “switched” easily between mandatory and voluntary, I wonder if we can adopt a similar model to some of Bolt’s suggesting. (this switch being the compromise reached between Wilkie and Gillard)

e.g. Recreational drug day.
On several days of the year consumption and trading of recreational dugs will not be subjected to any fine or penalty. Laws pertaining to DUI and consumption of drugs and/or alcohol in a public place will still apply.

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devils_advocate 3:43 pm
23 May 12
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I support all these reforms on the basis of no take-backs. i.e. I don’t want to invest massive amounts of money/time/capital in any of these new industries and then have my efforts expropriated by the gubment.

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mouldy 3:58 pm
23 May 12
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Yay! I made it on to page 5! Anyone pick the movie quote?

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loosebrown 4:12 pm
23 May 12
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I certainly look forward to the response of our elected representatives Gai Brodtmann and Andrew Leigh to this ideological attack on all good citizens of our fair city.

I will be closely monitoring Andrew’s blog closely.
http://www.andrewleigh.com/blog/

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p1 4:39 pm
23 May 12
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SnapperJack said :

While we continue to behave and vote like an alien species out of touch with grassroots Australia we will remain an easy target for people like Bolt.

Grass roots Australia can suck my ????.

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Reprobate 4:42 pm
23 May 12
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SnapperJack said :

in fact there is a high danger that when the election is held Gary Humphries might lose his seat and we will have no representation whatsoever in the Abbott Government.

Like Humph would make a difference anyway. Just daring to live in Canberra he’s ignored as a hand-wringing Merlot-drinking lefty hippie by his own party and leader, let alone the Murdoch press.

And did anyone get a creepy chill down their spine by seeing the words “the Abbott Government”?

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chewy14 4:49 pm
23 May 12
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dungfungus said :

greyswandir said :

Also i kind of love the carbon-tax suggestion… correct me if I’m wrong Rioters, but unless Canberra plays host to at least one of the top polluters surely there’s no-one here to carbon-tax?

The biggest carbon polluter in the ACT would be the Glassworks at Kingston. Those electric kilns chew a shitload of KW. I wonder what their monthly electricity bill is?

Nah, Parliament House is number 1 for electricity users. So we can pass through the carbon cost to individual MPs electorates.

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LadyxBec 4:58 pm
23 May 12
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SnapperJack said :

Actually I like where Bolt is coming from. For many years some of us have been trying to cleanse this place of its robotic Labor/Greens true believers status and make the ACT federal electorates marginal like Eden-Monaro in order to get a better deal and not be taken for granted. All those efforts have been in vain, in fact there is a high danger that when the election is held Gary Humphries might lose his seat and we will have no representation whatsoever in the Abbott Government.

Can you really blame people like Bolt ridiculing us? Jack Waterford in the Crimes wrote a comment piece a few days ago about how Larry Pickering stood as a Liberal candidate, was slaughtered in the 1974 election then commented that if a chimpanzee stood for election in the ACT wearing an ALP badge, people here would still vote for it.

While we continue to behave and vote like an alien species out of touch with grassroots Australia we will remain an easy target for people like Bolt.

If the Liberals want more people in Canberra to vote for them, they should put up policies that are more attractive to more people than Labors/The Greens. That’s kind of how democracy works. Maybe in 1974, Larry Pickering and his fellow Liberals should have been more appealing if they wanted to win.
TBH I’m a bit sick of people like you winging about lefties in Canberra – people vote the way they do for a reason, if you’re on the losing team you would do well to think about how your actions contributed, instead of blaming everyone else.

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I-filed 5:51 pm
23 May 12
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greyswandir said :

Also i kind of love the carbon-tax suggestion… correct me if I’m wrong Rioters, but unless Canberra plays host to at least one of the top polluters surely there’s no-one here to carbon-tax?

There is indeed an ACT company on the big polluters list.

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dungfungus 5:59 pm
23 May 12
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greyswandir said :

dungfungus said :

greyswandir said :

Also i kind of love the carbon-tax suggestion… correct me if I’m wrong Rioters, but unless Canberra plays host to at least one of the top polluters surely there’s no-one here to carbon-tax?

The biggest carbon polluter in the ACT would be the Glassworks at Kingston. Those electric kilns chew a shitload of KW. I wonder what their monthly electricity bill is?

it would be pretty lulzworthy if the carbon-tax was imposed on Canberra early and the only thing that happened was the price of vases increasing.

Though it might have a roll-on effect to Brodburger’s overheads… perhaps that’s the impending tax-precipitated doom which has its opponents clutching their pearls and wailing?

…not going to lie, that would be pretty horrible

The Glassworks is our only manufacturing industry – probably they will claim carbon pricing concessions for their status as an exporter – they cannot use “gruntless” green electricty to power those kilns.

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housebound 7:09 pm
23 May 12
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SnapperJack said :

Actually I like where Bolt is coming from. For many years some of us have been trying to cleanse this place of its robotic Labor/Greens true believers status and make the ACT federal electorates marginal like Eden-Monaro in order to get a better deal and not be taken for granted. All those efforts have been in vain, in fact there is a high danger that when the election is held Gary Humphries might lose his seat and we will have no representation whatsoever in the Abbott Government.

Can you really blame people like Bolt ridiculing us? Jack Waterford in the Crimes wrote a comment piece a few days ago about how Larry Pickering stood as a Liberal candidate, was slaughtered in the 1974 election then commented that if a chimpanzee stood for election in the ACT wearing an ALP badge, people here would still vote for it.

LadyxBec said :

If the Liberals want more people in Canberra to vote for them, they should put up policies that are more attractive to more people than Labors/The Greens. That’s kind of how democracy works. Maybe in 1974, Larry Pickering and his fellow Liberals should have been more appealing if they wanted to win.
TBH I’m a bit sick of people like you winging about lefties in Canberra – people vote the way they do for a reason, if you’re on the losing team you would do well to think about how your actions contributed, instead of blaming everyone else.

I think it was Thumper who said the ALP could preselect a dead slug and people would vote it in.

Somehow I think ideology rather than well thought through choice has anything to do with it, as is the case for all safe seats of any flavour.

The best favour we could do for ourselves is to become a marginal seat. Replacing Humphries with a Green wouldn’t count, by the way. that would give the two majors nothing to fight over.

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pink little birdie 9:34 pm
23 May 12
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housebound said :

I think it was Thumper who said the ALP could preselect a dead slug and people would vote it in.

Somehow I think ideology rather than well thought through choice has anything to do with it, as is the case for all safe seats of any flavour.

The best favour we could do for ourselves is to become a marginal seat. Replacing Humphries with a Green wouldn’t count, by the way. that would give the two majors nothing to fight over.

Or maybe they are voting to lose the least amount of jobs in Canberra… Even when they are Nation wide PS cuts Canberra bears the brunt of the cuts both those in the Public Service and the follow on jobs…

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Holditz 10:07 pm
23 May 12
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pink little birdie said :

Who is Andrew Bolt?

Craig Ferguson without humour.

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