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And the winner is Stanhope!

By johnboy 2 November 2008 109

[First filed: October 31, 2008 @ 18:03]

The Canberra Times brings word that the Greens are preparing to announce their support for a returned Stanhope Government at 6pm tonight.

Apparently they were up until 12.30 last night agonising over their decision.

UPDATED: The Greens have published their agreement with Labor. Their shorter media release is also online.

Significant points, for mine, in the agreement are:

    7) Parliamentary Staffing and Resources
    ACT Labor will ensure that the Greens MLAs are accorded party status, including formal recognition of the roles of the Greens’ Parliamentary Convenor and Whip.

    ACT Labor agrees that it shall commit to provide the Greens with staffing resources for three cross-bench Members and staffing equivalent to 1.5 of a cross-bench Member for the Greens’ parliamentary convenor.

    8) Committees and Other Roles in the Assembly

    ACT Labor will support the Greens’ nominations for Chairs of the following Committees:

    i) Public Accounts Committee
    ii) Health, Community and Social Services
    iii) Climate Change, Environment and Water
    iv) Select Committee on Ecological Carrying Capacity for the ACT and region

And then in the appendices:

Appendix 1:

    2.9 The Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure is to review and administer the parliamentary budget, which is not to be subject to amendment by the Executive, recognising that decisions on the amount appropriated would be decided by Cabinet in consultation with the Speaker and the Committee.

    3.1 Continuation of a full Private Members’ Business day.

    3.10 The provision of Climate Change Impact Analysis to be required for all Government Bills and major policy proposals.

    3.11 Introduction of Triple Bottom Line annual reporting to be required through the Chief Minister’s Annual Report Directions.

    3.18 ? request for observer status for the Greens at COAG meetings to be made by the Chief Minister to the Prime Minister.

    5.5 Passage of legislation which will require all political donations to be disclosed within one month of receipt and in an election period, on a weekly basis.

Appendix 2:

    1.1 Legislate a greenhouse gas reduction target for the ACT.

    2.1 Increase recurrent funding for cycling infrastructure to $3.6 million per annum from 2009-10, and provide $2.5 million to address the maintenance backlog and implementation of signage on the cycling network.

    2.4 Adopting a goal of guaranteed bus frequency of 30 minutes.

    2.6 Working immediately for the removal of Monash Drive from the National Capital Plan.

    3.1 Introducing a levy on plastic bags in supermarkets and other retailers. This will be a 12-month trial, and will be implemented in the first half of 2009.

    4.1 Implementing the ‘Plumber Visit’ program, where a qualified plumber visits houses and undertakes maintenance and repairs such as fixing or replacing leaking hot water systems and pipes, installing dual flush toilet systems, fitting low flow taps, shower heads and other water-saving devices. This should be delivered to at least 25,000 houses over four years. This program would concentrate on government houses and other low-income households.

    5.1 Requiring a minimum 6 star rating for new residential housing by 2010

    5.2 Immediately reinstating the 2001-04 Neighbourhood Planning process and integrate the resulting Master plans into the Territory Plan.

    7.1 As part of the ACTPLA commercial development assessment process, undertake small business impact statements for large new commercial developments

    7.3 Require all ACT government agencies to pay invoices for small businesses within 30 days, and pay commercial interest on late payments.

    8.2 Establish a free legal service for homeless people by no later than 1 July 2010

    11.2 Reconsider the issue of voting for 16 and 17 year olds, by supporting a Legislative Assembly Inquiry before the end of 2010 to consider the issue and look at other models of participatory democracy for young people.

    11.4 Establish a Government Shopfront in Gungahlin in 2009, and ensure shopfront services in Civic are adequate to service community needs.

    11.5 Re-establish a Library Service in the inner south, and as an immediate interim measure examine options including possible links to existing infrastructure. Ensure the library has good access to public transport.

    11.12 Urgently identify a range of sites for the establishment of data centres within the ACT.

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housebound 9:47 pm 03 Nov 08

On that basis, I guess everyone also loves Andrew Barr, Simon Corbell, Brendon Smyth and the fourth Green whose name I can’t remember. And they almost loved Gulia with a G.

jakez 8:35 pm 03 Nov 08

housebound said :

How do you know when the love is so hidden it can’t be seen?

Firstly it’s not hidden and secondly even if it were hidden one can make a reasonable inference based on the order of election.

PM 6:03 pm 03 Nov 08

housebound said :

How do you know when the love is so hidden it can’t be seen?

Well, I’m guessing it’s seen in the fact she was elected based on a certain number of seen preferences.

housebound 6:01 pm 03 Nov 08

How do you know when the love is so hidden it can’t be seen?

jakez 5:50 pm 03 Nov 08

housebound said :

Coming in late here, but if Dunne is so unpopular, why is it that she did better on first preferences than the ever-so-helpful Mary Porter, whose electoral success seeems to have been built on Stanhope’s overflow preferences?

A first-past-the-post system would have seen in Ginninnderra: Stanhope, Hunter, Coe, Dunne, Parton. A non-quota preferential system (ie no overflow from the top) would have probably removed Parton, but possibly seen Peebles instead.

Just asking the question …

She did better on first preferences because many people preferred Stanhope to Porter. More people prefer Porter to Dunne however this is hidden in Stanhope’s first preferences.

If I run with a party colleague who is loved by 95% of the population, and I am loved by that 95% just a little bit less, it doesn’t change the fact that I’m more popular than the guy who got 5%.

jakez 5:47 pm 03 Nov 08

sepi said :

I’m surprised by the depth of feeling against Smyth. I thought he was one of the better Libs and was fairly well liked. He came across quite well on election night with Virginia H. on teh ABC.

I don’t like him for two reasons.

1, He is left wing economically and socially conservative. That is the opposite of me.
2, He was one of the biggest stirrers in the Party in the last four years, and I don’t consider ‘Smyth’ to be a policy goal worth factionalising over.

Point 2 is probably irrelevent to outsiders.

housebound 5:14 pm 03 Nov 08

Coming in late here, but if Dunne is so unpopular, why is it that she did better on first preferences than the ever-so-helpful Mary Porter, whose electoral success seeems to have been built on Stanhope’s overflow preferences?

A first-past-the-post system would have seen in Ginninnderra: Stanhope, Hunter, Coe, Dunne, Parton. A non-quota preferential system (ie no overflow from the top) would have probably removed Parton, but possibly seen Peebles instead.

Just asking the question …

jimbocool 4:44 pm 03 Nov 08

@whistle, I agree that David Peebles would be elected in Stanhope’s place on a countback should hte latter leave the Assembly.

While I chortle at the Spotted Dick game, actually touching a computer keyboard is beneath our man – much more likely to be one of his (former) staff.

peterh 4:31 pm 03 Nov 08

Goanna said :

I find it a bit hard to believe that Mr Doszpot’s name is being bandied about in here as next leader. The guy is a friendly old nitwit. A vainer version of Mr stefaniak. And I don’t think Mr Seselja’s position is under real threat – there are simply no cohesives factions larger than one person in the Liberal Party at this moment.

Oh i love the people that say that Steve isn’t a shrewd operator. Considering that he used to run Canon’s Canberra office, and was able to leave with dignity, not under a cloud, friendly I will agree with, but not a nitwit. I have a lot of respect for him, and I have learned a lot from him and others in the ICT industry of the same vintage. He would be an interesting choice if the libs pull out the knives on Zed, but i doubt that it will happen.

What i hope is that the greens manage to keep jon stanhope in check, They won’t vote no-confidence, but there are other ways to get what you want. It is just a time to watch and wait. in 4-years time, will we be bleating about the new govt, or applauding it?

it is all a lot of meh.

when jon announced on the news prior about the fact that he knew the new convenor and congratulated her on her appointment, I knew he was back in.

should have taken that bet with a mate. would have been slightly better off now…

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