ACT Liberals run out of money

23 December 2009 26

[ED] Modified for clarity.

The CT has this report on the Canberra Liberals saying they don’t have much money at the bank.

“The balance sheet of the ACT division of the Liberal Party, presented at its annual general meeting last month, show that at June 30, 2009, the party had only $230 in the bank, compared with almost $95,000 at the same time last year.”

Ah yes its about time that the ACT Libs started imploding again.

Part time Director – part time administrator on seek today – oh and part time Leader of the Opposition (Zeds still in bed – nice one John Stanhope), looks like we have a part time Liberal Party.

By the sounds of it the Children that Zed took out of the nursery to run the Liberal Party can’t count, maybe we should give them some counting blocks for xmas.

Jim Murphy maybe wasn’t so bad after all, at least he could run a business.


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Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 7:40 pm 08 Jan 10

Thumper said :

*yawn*

sounds like it’s another bit of ALP propaganda.

You give both parties too much credit.

imhotep imhotep 3:15 pm 08 Jan 10

maryhow said :

…. At least in the Labor Party we keep our fighting generally inhouse. Our factional wars are not made public like these imbeciles.

Yeah, sure Mary. None of us plebs have ever noticed any factional shenanigans in the LABOR Party. You only have to look at the quality of MPs to know that they’re all there strictly on merit.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 1:30 pm 08 Jan 10

maryhow said :

Looks like the Libs are imploding again, sorry they only explode. According to the paper yesterday their website is down as well as their bank account. At least in the Labor Party we keep our fighting generally inhouse. Our factional wars are not made public like these imbeciles.

Labor infighting kept in house? *snort* Not sure whic Labor party you are talking about…

PM PM 12:38 pm 08 Jan 10

Websites go down for maintenance/upgrades from time to time – big deal. What on earth does a website have to do with alleged infighting anyways??

maryhow maryhow 11:10 am 08 Jan 10

Looks like the Libs are imploding again, sorry they only explode. According to the paper yesterday their website is down as well as their bank account. At least in the Labor Party we keep our fighting generally inhouse. Our factional wars are not made public like these imbeciles.

Tetranitrate Tetranitrate 6:38 pm 24 Dec 09

The Sage said :

The Canberra Business Club contribution to the Canberra Liberals fundraising is grossly overestimated.

It is telling that following Kent’s departure the incoming management committee chose not to resume full relations with the CBC, despite leading people to believe before the AGM that they would welcome the CBC back with open arms. The CBC was never the cash cow that it pretended to be.

The ACT Liberal Party continues to benefit because some courageous people insisted that the ACT Liberal Party control party financial affairs, and not some unelected group of business men who fancy themselves as political campaign experts.

I agree – who needs the odd $100k here and there?

Tetranitrate Tetranitrate 6:37 pm 24 Dec 09

George said :

I doubt very much that these leaks come from the ALP. More likely they come from disgruntle Liberal Party members who are now has-beens within the Liberal party.

Anyway, I wish Wal, Belinda, Justin, Louise and the angry ant a merry Christmas and a more successful 2010!

Factionalism is obviously a fact of life in politics, but I do wonder why it is that only the liberals seem to have so many loud, angry fights and disgruntled former members attacking the party.
(you’re probably right about it being a former lib)

housebound housebound 3:59 pm 24 Dec 09

They lost seats to the Greens – a branch of Labor anyway. Hardly a loss of dominance.

J Dawg J Dawg 11:51 am 24 Dec 09

housebound said :

What is wirth thinking about is whether business would bother backing the Libs now, given the supreme dominance of the ALP.

In politics, I wouldn’t say that ‘supreme dominance’ is losing two seats in the Legislative Assembly and being forced into a coalition government…

George George 11:08 am 24 Dec 09

I doubt very much that these leaks come from the ALP. More likely they come from disgruntle Liberal Party members who are now has-beens within the Liberal party.

Anyway, I wish Wal, Belinda, Justin, Louise and the angry ant a merry Christmas and a more successful 2010!

The Sage The Sage 10:36 pm 23 Dec 09

The Canberra Business Club contribution to the Canberra Liberals fundraising is grossly overestimated. It is telling that following Kent’s departure the incoming management committee chose not to resume full relations with the CBC, despite leading people to believe before the AGM that they would welcome the CBC back with open arms. The CBC was never the cash cow that it pretended to be.

The ACT Liberal Party continues to benefit because some courageous people insisted that the ACT Liberal Party control party financial affairs, and not some unelected group of business men who fancy themselves as political campaign experts.

Tetranitrate Tetranitrate 6:22 pm 23 Dec 09

NickD said :

It’s interesting that what purports to be the party of business is less successful at running their investment strategy than the ALP 😉

It’s a little more complicated – basically, the financial problems the libs have now is to a great extent due to the several years of hard work put in by the previous division president alienating Jim Murphy and the rest of the Canberra business owners who used to donate significantly to the party. It isn’t as though they’ve frittered away money, more that their normal sources of revenue have been dried up.

Everything started slowly going to hell around the time they lost government(in the ACT) and progressively worsened up until the end of 07 when Mulcahy was turfed out and Gary Kent resigned. While the parliamentary antics leading up to Zed taking over probably didn’t help the real damage is behind the scenes in terms of membership and the libs relationship with the business community.
– their financial problems derive from those two factors.
TBH the party probably wouldn’t meet the AEC requirements were it not for stacks.

housebound housebound 5:26 pm 23 Dec 09

What is wirth thinking about is whether business would bother backing the Libs now, given the supreme dominance of the ALP. Why donate to an outside chance when you can buy access by donating to the sure-fire winner? Oh the demcratic joys of a safe seat. (but on that basis, why would the ALP not just take your money and run, because they don’t need you thanks to unions and gambling?)

Even if this story is ALP-propoganda beat-up (as Thumper and others suggest), I wouldn’t want to be in the Libs shoes.

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster 5:22 pm 23 Dec 09

bd84 said :

barking toad said :

What Thumper said. An unpaid ALP advertisement.

Who cares what’s in the till if it’s not coming from the public purse.

It’s not as if they’re funded by the CFMEU or the Labor Club industry.

+1
this has nothing to do with anything important. Surely people have half a brain to realise that the party leader in the assembly does not actually run the party nor its finances. Idiots who think that are the reason we suffer with the current government when they waste their votes.

There’s an old saying in rugby league “if you can’t run things in the front office you can’t win games on the field”. The same applies to political parties.

NickD NickD 5:06 pm 23 Dec 09

While this suggests that the ACT Liberals’ administration is a mess (which in turn will impact on their ability to attract good candidates, support their members in the Legislative Assembly, prepare for the next election, etc), the comparison with 30 June 2008 is a bit unfair as that would have been the party’s war chest just before the start of the election campaign.

It’s interesting that what purports to be the party of business is less successful at running their investment strategy than the ALP 😉

housebound housebound 1:37 pm 23 Dec 09

Clearly the Libs need to invest in a poker-machine like scheme that scams funding off the poorest of the poor – problem gamblers or some other group of addicts. Then the Libs can manage their finances just as well as that cashed up ALP.

bd84 bd84 1:12 pm 23 Dec 09

barking toad said :

What Thumper said. An unpaid ALP advertisement.

Who cares what’s in the till if it’s not coming from the public purse.

It’s not as if they’re funded by the CFMEU or the Labor Club industry.

+1
this has nothing to do with anything important. Surely people have half a brain to realise that the party leader in the assembly does not actually run the party nor its finances. Idiots who think that are the reason we suffer with the current government when they waste their votes.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 12:49 pm 23 Dec 09

At least they’re not holding onto a fortune of everyday folks gambling addictions.

LlamaFrog LlamaFrog 12:42 pm 23 Dec 09

If only the liberals had all the poker machines the ALP has they would be rolling in it.

barking toad barking toad 12:22 pm 23 Dec 09

What Thumper said. An unpaid ALP advertisement.

Who cares what’s in the till if it’s not coming from the public purse.

It’s not as if they’re funded by the CFMEU or the Labor Club industry.

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