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An Independent senator might give the ACT some sway

By Impassive 18 July 2010 27

If the ACT wants to have any chance of having its legislation not tampered with by the Federal Government we need an Independent senator. Look at what Brian Harradine did for Tasmania – successive governments falling over backwards to get his vote.

Worst case scenario is that the numbers would mean that they would have no influence – same situation as now – a Labor senator who can’t vote to support the ACT if that goes against party lines, and a Liberal senator who wouldn’t if his vote made the difference and went against the wishes of his leader.

All we need now is a credible candidate. Any ideas?

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I-filed 7:29 pm 19 Jul 10

astrojax said :

I-filed said :

Add to that, failed ACT Greens candidates phoning the ABC when an adviser to the party, pretending to be “a person in the street” and commenting on issues without identifying themselves (you know who you are!)

but if the candidate failed, surely they are now actually a person in the street as much as you are?

This was actually before the candidature. Phoned a current affairs show while a Greens communications adviser, on a political issue involving the Greens, without identifying the connection.

Pork Hunt 7:12 pm 19 Jul 10

Bling on the election… 🙂

Thumper 12:07 pm 19 Jul 10

Thumper, CrankyGit is right. It wasn’t just one sign, it was half a dozen, plus a car on the side of the road with its doors open. More than enough to cause rubber-necker accordion effect right back to the other side of Hindmarsh.

Fair enough, but hardly a reason for not voting for someone. Either that or we expect some pretty low standards here in the ACT

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dtc 11:39 am 19 Jul 10

altkey said :

Although I hate to say it, I too will be voting Liberal at the election. The way that KRudd was disposed of by the ALP leaves a sick taste in my mouth and shows exactly what the ALP thinks of the voting population in this country.

Presumably you arent a public servant – as a whole they all breathed a huge sigh of relief that the K Rudd method of ‘management’ was – hopefully – going to disappear. Apologies if you are on the ‘inside’ and have a different opinnion, but the way things were being done was enough for me to start thinking of who else I could vote for (although unfortunately the alternatives go from worse to not as good as you think).

Apparently the swinging voters are lower middle class and less educated, according to the pollsters, while the middle class educated people are rusted on. This is because the wealthier you are the less you rely upon the govt; so you tend to vote for the party that matches your general outlook on life and people dont change their general outlook on life very often (whereas if you are relying on the govt for handouts or tax breaks etc, you vote for the party that offers you the most from election to election).

So, in reality, Canberrans (educated, wealthy – in a relative sense) are very unlikely to ever have a significant shift in voting patterns. Unless the ALP moves too far to the ‘right’ and gets a protest vote – but it would need to be a huge protest. Or the Libs moved to the ‘left’ on social issues – hence Malcom Turnbull is probably the Libs best bet to win more in Canberra (or Petero Georgiou!)

astrojax 11:12 am 19 Jul 10

I-filed said :

Add to that, failed ACT Greens candidates phoning the ABC when an adviser to the party, pretending to be “a person in the street” and commenting on issues without identifying themselves (you know who you are!)

but if the candidate failed, surely they are now actually a person in the street as much as you are?

fnaah 11:11 am 19 Jul 10

Thumper, CrankyGit is right. It wasn’t just one sign, it was half a dozen, plus a car on the side of the road with its doors open. More than enough to cause rubber-necker accordion effect right back to the other side of Hindmarsh.

Postalgeek 10:40 am 19 Jul 10

As cranky says, stuff the candidate’s stance on sustainability, health or education. They put a campaign sign on the side of a road that may, or more likely may not have, slowed traffic. That’s just Wrong. It’s worse than not supporting a dragway.

Cue the call for a benevolent dictatorship.

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