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And the winner of the 2012 election is… Katy Gallagher

By johnboy 2 November 2012 115

Shane has spoken.

More details to come.


Shane will be taking a Ministry.


Greens to support Liberals for the Speakership.


Which ministry to be determined by the Labor Caucus process. Good thing Shane likes the arts.


Shane to be bound by Cabinet unless he absents himself from voting.


We’re being promised the Greenest government in the country.


“Light Rail? We’re going to do it!”. Works in 2015.


Video of the press conference coming.


The Greens’ statement is now available.

“At the heart of my decision is the guarantee to progress a range of policies that are key to the Greens and key to creating a sustainable and progressive ACT,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“These include the major policy outcomes of:

· Progressing a light rail network for Canberra;
· Cleaning up Canberra’s lakes;
· Delivering the ACT’s 40% climate change target, with 90% renewables by 2020;
· Implementing the ‘Gonski’ education reforms and;
· Combating homelessness through “Common Ground” project in the ACT.


News24 video now available.

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Stay classy Labor:


Here’s the Parliamentary Agreement:


Liberal Senator Gary Humphries is having a bit of a dummy spit.

Liberal Senator for the ACT, Gary Humphries, said today that “the Labor-Greens alliance in the ACT was overwhelmingly rejected by Canberrans in the recent elections, yet Katy Gallagher and her team has rewarded this failure by appointing the last Green standing and former activist, Mr Shane Rattenbury, as a member of her Cabinet”.

Today’s decision by the Australian Greens in the ACT to back Labor to form power, despite the Canberra Liberals receiving the highest number of votes and the strongest result in the Assembly’s history, shows once and for all that a vote for Labor is a vote for the radical Green agenda.

“Despite the ACT’s clear verdict, they will now have a ‘Green voice in Cabinet’ pushing for radical policies”, Senator Humphries said.


Surprisingly the Bullet Trainers are declaring victory:

92% of the vote went to parties that said they want to get a Bullet Train. This means the unofficial referendum result is YES to getting a Bullet Train.

The Canberra community wants see the train rolling out of the rail yard and into reality, now!

All 17 members elected through the Hare-raising-Clark system are in parties that said they want a Bullet Train.

They stood on a pro-Bullet platform, and must deliver. This is only just the beginning for the Bullet Train for Canberra party.

bullet train


An interesting thought bubble from Andrew Leigh:


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Woody Mann-Caruso 9:54 pm 04 Nov 12

but it is really hard to glue things down with only one hand

Depends on your definition of ‘glue’.

Mr Evil 8:26 pm 04 Nov 12

bundah said :

Mr Evil said :

People, why all the angst????

The world is going to end on the 20th December 2012, so there’s nothing to be afraid of anymore. The only things that will survive the coming end times are the Cockroaches and Mr Gillespie and his People magazine collection (all copies of which will be immaculately preserved, thanks to plastic shopping bags).

I just hope Shane manages to get the inquiry into Canberra Hospital figure fudging underway before the 20th……………

Is Erin Molan in people mag?

Well, if you cut her picture out of other magazines, she could be……..but it is really hard to glue things down with only one hand.

chewy14 7:28 pm 04 Nov 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Well if you’re only thinking of the next four years then Ok.

The election is only for four years, so why bother thinking about anything else? Even if it wasn’t, we can’t say what will happen in politics in four months, let alone four years. Ask the Democrats.

But a few thousand more votes another way in Ginninderra and you’d probably be looking at a Liberal government supported by Summernats Chic.

You guys can keep spinning your wheels about what coulda shoulda maybe mighta happened. It didn’t, and nobody has a clue what will happen next time, except that:

– the government will comprise whoever can cobble together a majority of seats, on their own or with somebody else, and

– if it turns out to be the Libs plus an independent with forty votes in the balance, none of you will be quite as outraged about travesties of democracy as you are now.

Who’s this “you guys”?

Don’t mistake me for a Lib supporter, I’m just an interested observer.

I also often think longer term which is why 4 years doeant really matter a lot either way.

If the Libs ever followed some Libertarian ideals then I’d be all over them but no party even comes close to having a similar ideology to myself.

I predicted a Labor win, I was just surprised in the minimal amount. I honestly don’t think much will change.no matter who’s in charge, the quality of candidate is woeful ( with a few.exceptions).

bundah 6:44 pm 04 Nov 12

Mr Evil said :

People, why all the angst????

The world is going to end on the 20th December 2012, so there’s nothing to be afraid of anymore. The only things that will survive the coming end times are the Cockroaches and Mr Gillespie and his People magazine collection (all copies of which will be immaculately preserved, thanks to plastic shopping bags).

I just hope Shane manages to get the inquiry into Canberra Hospital figure fudging underway before the 20th……………

Is Erin Molan in people mag?

maxblues 3:12 pm 04 Nov 12

dungfungus said :

caf said :

dungfungus said :

Given that The Greens lost 3 seats, a normal person would expect that party’s policies going into the election were rejected unanimously by the electorate yet we now have 100 of The Greens policies on the winning Labor Party’s agenda.

This must be some strange new definition of the word “unanimous”.

No more strange than the new definition of the word “misogynist”
Can’t help note that all the female Greens lost their seats but the male one retained his.
I guess we could conclude then that the ACT voters are “unanimously misogynist”?

There is a precedence for ‘strange new definitions’ in this area.
‘Chauvinist’ originally meant “fanatically loyal to one’s leader or country” after Nicolas Chauvin, a Napoleonic soldier wounded seven times in battle, but still loyal to his leader.

Mr Evil 2:34 pm 04 Nov 12

People, why all the angst????

The world is going to end on the 20th December 2012, so there’s nothing to be afraid of anymore. The only things that will survive the coming end times are the Cockroaches and Mr Gillespie and his People magazine collection (all copies of which will be immaculately preserved, thanks to plastic shopping bags).

I just hope Shane manages to get the inquiry into Canberra Hospital figure fudging underway before the 20th……………

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:08 pm 04 Nov 12

Well if you’re only thinking of the next four years then Ok.

The election is only for four years, so why bother thinking about anything else? Even if it wasn’t, we can’t say what will happen in politics in four months, let alone four years. Ask the Democrats.

But a few thousand more votes another way in Ginninderra and you’d probably be looking at a Liberal government supported by Summernats Chic.

You guys can keep spinning your wheels about what coulda shoulda maybe mighta happened. It didn’t, and nobody has a clue what will happen next time, except that:

– the government will comprise whoever can cobble together a majority of seats, on their own or with somebody else, and

– if it turns out to be the Libs plus an independent with forty votes in the balance, none of you will be quite as outraged about travesties of democracy as you are now.

dungfungus 10:12 am 04 Nov 12

caf said :

dungfungus said :

Given that The Greens lost 3 seats, a normal person would expect that party’s policies going into the election were rejected unanimously by the electorate yet we now have 100 of The Greens policies on the winning Labor Party’s agenda.

This must be some strange new definition of the word “unanimous”.

No more strange than the new definition of the word “misogynist”
Can’t help note that all the female Greens lost their seats but the male one retained his.
I guess we could conclude then that the ACT voters are “unanimously misogynist”?

caf 10:48 pm 03 Nov 12

dungfungus said :

Given that The Greens lost 3 seats, a normal person would expect that party’s policies going into the election were rejected unanimously by the electorate yet we now have 100 of The Greens policies on the winning Labor Party’s agenda.

This must be some strange new definition of the word “unanimous”.

chewy14 8:42 pm 03 Nov 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Lol. The greens lost a third of their vote and you’re gloating and celebrating? I’d hate to see you if they actually did well.

‘Actually did well’? So, better than deciding who runs the government and getting all their policies agreed to and having a ministry? Getting exactly what they’d have if they got four seats instead of one? Being infinitely better than the Libs, who have precisely nothing? Knowing that all they have to do next time is win one seat and it’s four more years?

What’s not to celebrate?

Well if you’re only thinking of the next four years then Ok.

But a few thousand more votes another way in Ginninderra and you’d probably be looking at a Liberal government supported by Summernats Chic.
If I was a Greens supporter I’d be thanking my deity (Bob Brown) that they weren’t completely irrelevant for the next 4 years. And really hoping Rattenbury performs extremely well in the new LA.

justin heywood 8:27 pm 03 Nov 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Lol. The greens lost a third of their vote and you’re gloating and celebrating? I’d hate to see you if they actually did well.

‘Actually did well’? So, better than deciding who runs the government and getting all their policies agreed to and having a ministry? Getting exactly what they’d have if they got four seats instead of one? Being infinitely better than the Libs, who have precisely nothing? Knowing that all they have to do next time is win one seat and it’s four more years?

What’s not to celebrate?

Wow, you would have to have to be truly delusional to regard the past election as anything other than a humiliating rejection for the Greens. Not even the leadership is trying to dress it up as anything else.

By a quirk of electoral fate they have ended up with the balance of power. If the actual winners (i.e. Labor – Liberals) had not virtually dead- heated the Greens would be a rump – then again, they have already been reduced to a rump

If the Greens truly did take this ‘victory’ as some sort of vindication of their behaviour over the last 4 years, and conduct themselves in the same arrogant way this term, imagine how they will go at the next election.

Woody Mann-Caruso 7:48 pm 03 Nov 12

Lol. The greens lost a third of their vote and you’re gloating and celebrating? I’d hate to see you if they actually did well.

‘Actually did well’? So, better than deciding who runs the government and getting all their policies agreed to and having a ministry? Getting exactly what they’d have if they got four seats instead of one? Being infinitely better than the Libs, who have precisely nothing? Knowing that all they have to do next time is win one seat and it’s four more years?

What’s not to celebrate?

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