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Zeddites triumph over Pogos, for now

By johnboy - 23 February 2013 58

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 try and overturn the Zeddite victory:

Former party president Gary Kent, a Humphries supporter, has gathered the requisite number of party members’ signatures on a petition to force the party to hold a meeting in coming weeks to consider overthrowing this morning’s vote and beginning the preselection process again. More than two thirds of the party’s membership have been deemed ineligible to take part in the preselection process.

In other exciting news it’s going to be Lee v. Leigh in Fraser after Elizabeth Lee agreed to take up the poisoned chalice.

* Pogonophile, a lover of beards.


UPDATE 23/02/13 17:46: Craig Stanley has sent in video from the announcement.

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58 Responses to
Zeddites triumph over Pogos, for now
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johnboy 5:37 pm
23 Feb 13
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This in from a prominent Liberal who did not wish to be named:

    Today, Zed said Gary brought the party into disrepute going the the media. I say what about branch stacking, bullying members, limiting communication with the membership and dragging the Party through the media with the Teo Faulkner time sheet debacle. Such a small game.
    Zed is a self interested lightweight who has never won an election, or held a portfolio, believing his own rhetoric.
    Sadly the community looses this should be the true focus of politics.

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Thumper 5:48 pm
23 Feb 13
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The words cold, calculating, back stabbing and bastard sort of leap to mind.

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CrocodileGandhi 6:01 pm
23 Feb 13
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I would have gone for “Dawn of the Zed” for the title.

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Kim F 6:06 pm
23 Feb 13
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Has Zed ever had a job outside of politics?

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LegalNut 6:07 pm
23 Feb 13
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The Liberals clearly haven’t thought this through. Zed had solid appeal in the ACT election because he is somewhat credible on local issues. On the federal stage, he is going to prove to be a big mistake.

Gary, as a moderate Liberal, had good cross-appeal into the Labor voter pool. Zed does not have the same broad appeal to centrist Labor voters. I expect to see a swing against the Liberals if Zed remains the candidate.

The key though (and what will have Simon Sheikh smiling) is that Liberal leakage into the Labor ticket is as bad as leakage to the Greens as each additional vote for Labor above their quota means that there is more excess that distributes to the Greens as well as the Liberals as the votes of those who would ordinarily choose Labor will also be distributed.

I’m not going as far as predicting that Zed won’t win the seat for the Liberals but they make it a whole lot harder for themselves picking a candidate that lacks gravitas with the federal party and appeal to centrist Canberra voters.

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aussielyn 6:25 pm
23 Feb 13
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Zed chops off Gazza’s head.
Six months left to sharpen blade for the head of Simon Sheikh.
Get the young libs to start dirt file on Getup.
Practice with watermelons, spit word bullets.
Vlad the Impaler was a lightweight, Z is a Tuggeranong hero.

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DrKoresh 6:41 pm
23 Feb 13
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LegalNut said :

The Liberals clearly haven’t thought this through. Zed had solid appeal in the ACT election because he is somewhat credible on local issues. On the federal stage, he is going to prove to be a big mistake.

Gary, as a moderate Liberal, had good cross-appeal into the Labor voter pool. Zed does not have the same broad appeal to centrist Labor voters. I expect to see a swing against the Liberals if Zed remains the candidate.

The key though (and what will have Simon Sheikh smiling) is that Liberal leakage into the Labor ticket is as bad as leakage to the Greens as each additional vote for Labor above their quota means that there is more excess that distributes to the Greens as well as the Liberals as the votes of those who would ordinarily choose Labor will also be distributed.

I’m not going as far as predicting that Zed won’t win the seat for the Liberals but they make it a whole lot harder for themselves picking a candidate that lacks gravitas with the federal party and appeal to centrist Canberra voters.

I would love it if the Libs lost this seat, if only for the fact that maybe they’ll see that not everyone wants to ride this new wave of ‘big-C’ Conservatism. I was raised in a Labor household, but I’ve been trying to put aside my ingrained prejudices of the Right, but social conservatism is something I can’t abide by. And also to see Zed fall flat on his face, I must admit I’d love to see that.

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Pork Hunt 6:56 pm
23 Feb 13
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aussielyn said :

Zed chops off Gazza’s head.
Six months left to sharpen blade for the head of Simon Sheikh.
Get the young libs to start dirt file on Getup.
Practice with watermelons, spit word bullets.
Vlad the Impaler was a lightweight, Z is a Tuggeranong hero.

Are you drunk or on drugs?

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 7:03 pm
23 Feb 13
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DrKoresh said :

LegalNut said :

The Liberals clearly haven’t thought this through. Zed had solid appeal in the ACT election because he is somewhat credible on local issues. On the federal stage, he is going to prove to be a big mistake.

Gary, as a moderate Liberal, had good cross-appeal into the Labor voter pool. Zed does not have the same broad appeal to centrist Labor voters. I expect to see a swing against the Liberals if Zed remains the candidate.

The key though (and what will have Simon Sheikh smiling) is that Liberal leakage into the Labor ticket is as bad as leakage to the Greens as each additional vote for Labor above their quota means that there is more excess that distributes to the Greens as well as the Liberals as the votes of those who would ordinarily choose Labor will also be distributed.

I’m not going as far as predicting that Zed won’t win the seat for the Liberals but they make it a whole lot harder for themselves picking a candidate that lacks gravitas with the federal party and appeal to centrist Canberra voters.

I would love it if the Libs lost this seat, if only for the fact that maybe they’ll see that not everyone wants to ride this new wave of ‘big-C’ Conservatism. I was raised in a Labor household, but I’ve been trying to put aside my ingrained prejudices of the Right, but social conservatism is something I can’t abide by. And also to see Zed fall flat on his face, I must admit I’d love to see that.

100% the same view from me, except I grew up in a liberal family and rejected it as soon as I was old enough to know.

I’m not going to be as well spoken or diplomatic as you are, dr koresh, I’m just going to say any body who votes for a zed ever is: a grade A mong or a developer or a grade A mong who is a brainwashed god botherer or a grade A mong who is some sort of LIBERAL 4 LYFE GREENS AND LABOUR = TRIPLE RATES!

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Masquara 7:06 pm
23 Feb 13
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Zed & Julia – peas in a pod.

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johnboy 7:17 pm
23 Feb 13
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The old folks wanting to take back control from the youth sounds like a recipe for long term disaster.

Mind you letting young liberals run things sounds like short term disaster!

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Pork Hunt 7:25 pm
23 Feb 13
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johnboy said :

The old folks wanting to take back control from the youth sounds like a recipe for long term disaster.

Mind you letting young liberals run things sounds like short term disaster!

But only until they get older…

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PantsMan 7:32 pm
23 Feb 13
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Either way, I know that I – as a Canberran – will have an ineffectual no one sucking off the public teat while purporting to represent me in the Senate.

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Mr Evil 7:48 pm
23 Feb 13
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Gary, this is what happens when you become too comfortable and a little bit lazy – the young guns will shaft you as soon as they see a chance.

Apart from listening to the ‘all-knowing’ Sky Fairy and Catherine Carter – what does Zed actually stand for, and how will he make a difference being one of the ACT’s representatives in the Senate?

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Lillypilly 7:52 pm
23 Feb 13
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I hope, if there are no avenues given for an appeal and a chance to conduct a fair and complete vote of the membership, that Zed DOES lose. That there is no liberal senate seat in canberra next period.

I get annoyed when I now hear hardline liberals (aka oldies) are now saying to get behind Zed. Are you kidding me? Complain about the way this all went down (which is calculated deception), and then reward/condone the behaviour by voting him in anyway?

Yeah, ok, have THAT guy (and the people behind him who made it happen) representing you in the senate. Yeah, good idea.

Condone the shady process (and make that the new benchmark for preselection process) and vote him in, or don’t vote for him and stand up for the fair vote you wanted.

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