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Zeddites triumphant

By 28 March 2013 36

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 who can’t be believing his luck right now.

Once again, when it mattered, Gary Kent was all hat and no cattle.

*Beard fanciers


UPDATE 28/03/12: Simon Seikh has wasted no time in twisting the knife:

The ACT Greens Senate Candidate, Simon Sheikh, says that he doesn’t expect that the Liberal party will stop fighting, despite last night’s win by the extreme right wing of the Liberal Party. He has reissued his request to debate the winner of the Liberal Party preselection on the issue of the impacts of Tony Abbott’s job cuts on Canberra’s families.

“Given the events of the last three months, Canberrans can rightfully conclude that the Liberal party care more about fighting for their own jobs then the jobs of Canberra’s families,” Mr Sheikh said.

“Canberrans now have a real choice at this year’s election, between voting for someone who supports Tony Abbott’s plan to cut 20,000 jobs in the ACT, which will devastate our small business and house prices — or someone who will fight these jobs cuts” said Mr Sheikh.

Mr Sheikh says he’s surprised Zed Seselja has so quickly abandoned the people of Tuggeranong who he is supposed to represent in the Assembly. “The people of Tuggeranong have every right to be annoyed that Mr Seselja is abandoning his electorate, seemingly to gain more power for himself”.

The ACT Greens are receiving an influx of donations and volunteers just as the Liberals show signs of struggling to get organised at this election. Last Sunday over 150 people turned out for the first volunteer ‘Meet Up’ event of the campaign.

It will be interesting to see how many of the Liberal party faithful are willing to put the hard yards in for candidate Seselja

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36 Responses to
Zeddites triumphant
dpm 7:47 am
28 Mar 13
#1

Didn’t Gary Kent just want a fair process, no matter the outcome? If so, he should be happy now I guess?

Alderney 9:12 am
28 Mar 13
#2

Nothing like sacrificing the public perception of the organisation on the alter of your own selfish ambition.

I’d be looking over your shoulder at young Mr Coe, Zed. What goes around comes around.

Unlike Gary, whose now washed up in his mid 50′s, you’ll be washed up in your mid 40′s.

johnboy 9:27 am
28 Mar 13
#3

We’ve now got Simon Sheikh’s response.

Madam Cholet 10:09 am
28 Mar 13
#4

It worked out how I thought it would. Zed now has to actually throw himself on the pyre and see if he survives. There’s no way his little schoolboy cronies can help him with this one. I’m hoping he gets soundly beaten, and yes, probably by a Green. Can’t be any worse than what we’ve had. And the fact remains that Simon Sheikh knows the ways of the world – he’s not a dirndl wearing, henna dyed greeny that fell out of their tree house yesterday or as unrealistic and uninspiring as Christine Milne. So that doesn’t bother me.

One would hope that everyone has learned a lesson from this debacle. I hope Zed has to go into the real world and compete for a job with many others who are much more qualified, suitable and likeable.

Jeremy must be dying for him to go, and Tuggers is probably counting the days until they can put their number against whomever runs number two on the ticket or Simon Sheikh. Do we know who that might be? A young lib having a tilt?

Alderney 10:09 am
28 Mar 13
#5

In response to Shiekh’s contribution:

* From where did he get the impression that he is one of us? Has he climbed out of the parachute harness already.

* I’d be pretty confident that the 20 000 jobs, if that is the number to be cut from the PS, are not all Canberra jobs. Someone should tell Simon the PS is sprinkled around the country.

* 150 people was less than the number the Libs got their meeting last night. Moreover, I think he’ll find it’s less than the number they got first time around.

* Is the power that Zed seemingly wishes to gain for himself any different to the power you seemingly wish to gain for yourself?

Sheikh is as much a political opportunist as Seselja. A curse on both their houses.

Mysteryman 10:10 am
28 Mar 13
#6

Does Simon Sheikh even know where Tuggeranong is? I hope the people of the ACT have more sense than to elect him.

caf 10:23 am
28 Mar 13
#7

I suspect that regardless of this infighting, Mr Sheikh still has a considerable uphill battle on his hands. It’d be a different matter if this was an election where the Liberal tide was going out rather than coming in.

johnboy 10:25 am
28 Mar 13
#8

It’s going to be an interesting campaign.

Tones doesn’t play well in Canberra and neither does anti-PS rhetoric.

Mysteryman 10:38 am
28 Mar 13
#9

johnboy said :

It’s going to be an interesting campaign.

Tones doesn’t play well in Canberra and neither does anti-PS rhetoric.

The trick is to tell everyone that the other candidate is going to cut jobs, while doing it yourself on the quiet. It’s been working for the Gillard government so far.

HiddenDragon 11:20 am
28 Mar 13
#10

Amidst all of this carry on, I have not seen or heard anything about policy differences between Humphries and Sesselja. It looks to me like another instance of the phenomenon embodied in this eye-catchingly entitled tome: http://www.plutoaustralia.com/p1/default.asp?pageId=352 – which is, to a considerable degree, a whinge about the oldies hogging the best real estate. In this case, the coveted real estate being a patch of puce leather (and the juicy emoluments going with it) in the Senate chamber.

To recover from this shambles, I think Zed might need to do something radical – going to China didn’t hurt Nixon in ’72, so perhaps Zed, from the safety of his white picket fence bastion, could follow Kelly O’Dwyer’s recent lead and proclaim that he is “comfortable with the idea of same-sex marriage”. That would certainly liven things up, and might cut some of the ground from underneath Simon Sheikh

As to the Pogos, better, I suppose, to have gone out with a bang, of sorts, rather than a whimper – so we’ll (po)go no more a roving……

Jim Jones 11:44 am
28 Mar 13
#11

Mysteryman said :

johnboy said :

It’s going to be an interesting campaign.

Tones doesn’t play well in Canberra and neither does anti-PS rhetoric.

The trick is to tell everyone that the other candidate is going to cut jobs, while doing it yourself on the quiet. It’s been working for the Gillard government so far.

Lol.

You don’t think there’s a difference in the amount of jobs to be cut by the Libs as opposed to Labor?

You’ve always been a Liberal stooge, but surely no-one could be *that* willfully blind.

wycx 11:55 am
28 Mar 13
#12

“Canberrans now have a real choice at this year’s election, between voting for someone who supports Tony Abbott’s plan to cut 20,000 jobs in the ACT, which will devastate our small business and house prices — or someone who will fight these jobs cuts” said Mr Sheikh.

Are the Greens pro-housing bubble?

Mysteryman 12:13 pm
28 Mar 13
#13

Jim Jones said :

Mysteryman said :

johnboy said :

It’s going to be an interesting campaign.

Tones doesn’t play well in Canberra and neither does anti-PS rhetoric.

The trick is to tell everyone that the other candidate is going to cut jobs, while doing it yourself on the quiet. It’s been working for the Gillard government so far.

Lol.

You don’t think there’s a difference in the amount of jobs to be cut by the Libs as opposed to Labor?

You’ve always been a Liberal stooge, but surely no-one could be *that* willfully blind.

I’ve seen enough of your comments to know that there is no limit to how willfully blind one can be.

Masquara 12:28 pm
28 Mar 13
#14

Here is Simon Sheik’s December 2012 manifesto on why he is running for the Senate – it its entirety. Note the complete lack of any reference to Canberrans other than ACT Greens. Also note Sheikh’s criticisms are directed solely at the LIberals, and no criticism whatsoever of Labor – “responsible bipartisan voice” much? What you’d expect, of course, from Mr “Union Patsy of GetUp”. Also note the fudging of his actual time in Canberra: “about a third” of four years. That is to say, he has NEVER lived here and spent a total in dribs and drabs of a few days at time lobbying for Getup and the unions in Canberra, and there is no mention of just how recently he decided to “move to Canberra” – was that decision to move to Canberra made purely because of the decision to run for the Senate? Nothing in his manifesto indicates otherwise!

Why I’m Running for Senate Preselection
Posted by Simon Sheikh on December 01, 2012 ·

“After several months exploring Australia’s remote national parks with my wife Anna, I’m back in Canberra and have decided to seek preselection for the ACT Senate with the Greens.

“Seeing Australia’s beauty and biodiversity on my honeymoon made me even more determined to do everything I can to protect our precious natural environment and help Australia address the threat of climate change.

“Anna and I have spent a lot of time in Canberra and have grown to love and become part of this community. After spending about a third of my time here over the past four years, we recently made a permanent move to begin the next phase of our life here. I’m excited about deepening our Canberra ties even further through the Greens’ preselection process.

“As a young child growing up in public housing, I was surrounded by the kind of poverty and inequality you wouldn’t expect to see in a country like Australia.

“These early experiences taught me that we don’t always live in the land of the fair go, and I decided early on that I wanted to do my part to make things better.

“As I got older, I saw that the political process could deliver wins for real people, but too many politicians were putting short-term interests before the long-term issues for Australia’s future.

“I’ve decided to run for Senate preselection with the Greens because I share their values of environmental sustainability, grassroots democracy, social justice and peace and nonviolence. I am particularly concerned about the impacts that climate change is having on Australia. I believe we have the opportunity to do much more to reduce our carbon pollution and move to a clean energy future.

“Canberra’s Senate seat sits on a knife’s edge. It will be a tough campaign, but it’s winnable. If less than 1500 people who voted Liberal last election switch their vote to the Greens, we will change the course of the country by stopping Tony Abbott seizing one-party control of both houses of Parliament. Last time this happened, the Liberals introduced Workchoices and had a blank slate to impose their agenda on Canberra and the nation without checks and balances.

“As a former Treasury public servant myself, one of the issues I’m passionate about is good government. Good government requires a strong public sector workforce, which is why I’m passionate about stopping Tony Abbott’s job cuts.

“Last time the Liberals came in, John Howard slashed the public service by tens of thousands of jobs. Now, Queensland’s Liberal Premier Campbell Newman has set a target of cutting 14,000 jobs. When you also consider Barry O’Farrell and Ted Baillieu’s job cuts, the Liberals’ agenda is clear.

“Next election, Canberrans have the opportunity to stop Tony Abbott seizing control of both houses of Parliament.

“This is an important campaign and that’s why I’m putting my hat in the ring. I’ve enjoyed the process of meeting with ACT Greens members so far and look forward to continuing it over the next few weeks.”

Jim Jones 12:30 pm
28 Mar 13
#15

Mysteryman said :

Jim Jones said :

Mysteryman said :

johnboy said :

It’s going to be an interesting campaign.

Tones doesn’t play well in Canberra and neither does anti-PS rhetoric.

The trick is to tell everyone that the other candidate is going to cut jobs, while doing it yourself on the quiet. It’s been working for the Gillard government so far.

Lol.

You don’t think there’s a difference in the amount of jobs to be cut by the Libs as opposed to Labor?

You’ve always been a Liberal stooge, but surely no-one could be *that* willfully blind.

I’ve seen enough of your comments to know that there is no limit to how willfully blind one can be.

Said the individual comparing PS job cuts under Labor to that proposed by the Libs.

ROFLMAO

Mysteryman 12:36 pm
28 Mar 13
#16

Jim Jones said :

Mysteryman said :

johnboy said :

It’s going to be an interesting campaign.

Tones doesn’t play well in Canberra and neither does anti-PS rhetoric.

The trick is to tell everyone that the other candidate is going to cut jobs, while doing it yourself on the quiet. It’s been working for the Gillard government so far.

Lol.

You don’t think there’s a difference in the amount of jobs to be cut by the Libs as opposed to Labor?

You’ve always been a Liberal stooge, but surely no-one could be *that* willfully blind.

I should also point out that the important distinction is not in the number of jobs cut, but in the fact that the opposition has made clear their intentions to cut some 12,000 or so jobs, while the government has tried to hide/ignore some 4,000-5,000 cuts that they’ve made already, all while drumming up the scare campaign about the opposition’s plans.

And people like you lap it up and regurgitate it, without so much as a moment of critical thought.

pepmeup 1:05 pm
28 Mar 13
#17

A few notes on some of the above comments I will add I am no Greeny and have never voted Green,

Simon Sheikh lives in my suburb, I see him at the shops on a regular basis, I see him at the Farmers markets on a regular basis. I thought he was a real knob after just seeing him on TV, as leader of Get Up, but after a few chats,I can tell you he is not a bad bloke at all.

I have herd one major policy difference between Zed and Gary is Zed take a much harder Christian line on things like: abortion and marrige equality. I personally would like to think most Canberrans are fairly moderate and socially progressive, I can tell you Zed isnt and either are the Young Libs who voted him in.

In closing I will add that is is nearly impossible for the Libs to lose their one senate seat in Canberra, they only need 33.34% of the vote to secure a quota. The only way for this not to happen is for them to be outflaked on the right to a party that preferences a party to thier left. Like Bob (big Hat) Katter Party running in ACT Senate but preferencing the Greens. I find this highly unlikley.

So I would say we are stuck with Zed and Kate Lundy as our senators, so we should get used to them.

pepmeup 2:03 pm
28 Mar 13
#18

further I think Simon moved to Canberra due to his poartners employment at the ANU, I hope he didnt move just to run a race its mathmatically impossible for him to win.

watto23 2:46 pm
28 Mar 13
#19

Mysteryman said :

Jim Jones said :

Mysteryman said :

johnboy said :

It’s going to be an interesting campaign.

Tones doesn’t play well in Canberra and neither does anti-PS rhetoric.

The trick is to tell everyone that the other candidate is going to cut jobs, while doing it yourself on the quiet. It’s been working for the Gillard government so far.

Lol.

You don’t think there’s a difference in the amount of jobs to be cut by the Libs as opposed to Labor?

You’ve always been a Liberal stooge, but surely no-one could be *that* willfully blind.

I should also point out that the important distinction is not in the number of jobs cut, but in the fact that the opposition has made clear their intentions to cut some 12,000 or so jobs, while the government has tried to hide/ignore some 4,000-5,000 cuts that they’ve made already, all while drumming up the scare campaign about the opposition’s plans.

And people like you lap it up and regurgitate it, without so much as a moment of critical thought.

Yes we all know the libs don’t run scare campaigns. I can think of a few like the triple your rates for the last ACT election. Stop the boats is another, which i think personally is going to be fun to see how Abbott actually achieves this. Its a naive person who thinks decisions made in parliament in Australia affects refugees desires to flee their country.

Masquara 2:47 pm
28 Mar 13
#20

pepmeup said :

further I think Simon moved to Canberra due to his poartners employment at the ANU, I hope he didnt move just to run a race its mathmatically impossible for him to win.

Well well, thanks, so Simon Sheikh moved to Canberra because of his partner’s employment – nothing to do with any connection with Canberra of his own. Git orf the ticket, Shonky Simon!

Jim Jones 3:30 pm
28 Mar 13
#21

Mysteryman said :

Liberal party talking points

Yawn … this again?

Jim Jones 3:31 pm
28 Mar 13
#22

Masquara said :

More Liberal party talking points

Oh FFS. Shut up already.

Duffbowl 3:54 pm
28 Mar 13
#23

How about the apologists and sphincter sniffers from all parties take Jim’s advice onboard; it would certainly make my election long haul much happier…

Jim Jones said :

Oh FFS. Shut up already.

Roundhead89 4:29 pm
28 Mar 13
#24

Simon Sheikh said:

“As a former Treasury public servant myself, one of the issues I’m passionate about is good government. Good government requires a strong public sector workforce, which is why I’m passionate about stopping Tony Abbott’s job cuts”.

Ah yes Treasury. The department which in the early 1980s blew thousands of dollars on U-Bix photocopiers which constantly broke down and blew even more money taking legal action against the company. Also the department which had twice as many people “working” in their Registry section than Dept of Finance despite Finance having twice as many employees than Treasury.

As a former officer at Finance during that period I can tell you many more stories about the department we used to refer to as “the opposition”.

Masquara 4:53 pm
28 Mar 13
#25

Jim Jones said :

Masquara said :

More Liberal party talking points

Oh FFS. Shut up already.

Wrong quote. I didn’t say that.

Masquara 4:58 pm
28 Mar 13
#26

Roundhead89 said :

Simon Sheikh said:

“As a former Treasury public servant myself, one of the issues I’m passionate about is good government. Good government requires a strong public sector workforce, which is why I’m passionate about stopping Tony Abbott’s job cuts”.

When was Sheikh in Treasury? Was he a decision-maker? Given his age, I doubt it. So he could adopt a “passionate position about government” just as effectively from anywhere. He sounds as though he is scrabbling around for attributes to shore up his campaign, when he’s just an ornery brat with entitlement issues!

dpm 8:44 pm
28 Mar 13
#27

Masquara said :

Roundhead89 said :

Simon Sheikh said:

“As a former Treasury public servant myself, one of the issues I’m passionate about is good government. Good government requires a strong public sector workforce, which is why I’m passionate about stopping Tony Abbott’s job cuts”.

When was Sheikh in Treasury? Was he a decision-maker? Given his age, I doubt it. So he could adopt a “passionate position about government” just as effectively from anywhere. He sounds as though he is scrabbling around for attributes to shore up his campaign, when he’s just an ornery brat with entitlement issues!

Please goto #23. Do not pass go, do not collect $200…..

Deckard 9:08 pm
28 Mar 13
#28

Masquara said :

Roundhead89 said :

Simon Sheikh said:

“As a former Treasury public servant myself, one of the issues I’m passionate about is good government. Good government requires a strong public sector workforce, which is why I’m passionate about stopping Tony Abbott’s job cuts”.

When was Sheikh in Treasury? Was he a decision-maker? Given his age, I doubt it. So he could adopt a “passionate position about government” just as effectively from anywhere. He sounds as though he is scrabbling around for attributes to shore up his campaign, when he’s just an ornery brat with entitlement issues!

Nice work on the pre-selection Zed. Good luck in the election.

Anna Key 9:09 pm
28 Mar 13
#29

dpm said :

Didn’t Gary Kent just want a fair process, no matter the outcome? If so, he should be happy now I guess?

That’s also what I thought Gary K was getting at – not the outcome itself but the dodgy first process. And now Jeremy and Alithtair can sit comfrotably in the knowledge that Zed won’t be back to reclaim his stated commitment to the ACT assembly and the voters of Tuggeranong

Masquara 10:19 pm
28 Mar 13
#30

Anna Key said :

dpm said :

Didn’t Gary Kent just want a fair process, no matter the outcome? If so, he should be happy now I guess?

That’s also what I thought Gary K was getting at – not the outcome itself but the dodgy first process. And now Jeremy and Alithtair can sit comfrotably in the knowledge that Zed won’t be back to reclaim his stated commitment to the ACT assembly and the voters of Tuggeranong

Really weird comment by Zed on the radio this afternoon – committing to keep working for the voters for some considerable time to come! As if! Shouldn’t he have resigned by now?

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