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Assembly Expansion moves forward

By johnboy 8 August 2005 51

ABC Online is reporting on the Chief Minister setting the wheels in motion to expand the Assembly to either 21 or 25 members.

Wishfull thinking but I can only hope they examine single member electorates while they’re at it. Even if we got 18 ALP members at least they would be directly accountable to a specific electorate.

While I’m on the subject of wishlists a better system is needed to fill casual vacancies now that we’ve had four year terms foisted on us. The current system which re-visits long forgotten ballots to divine the next in line saw Jacqui Burke twice foisted on an unwilling electorate and a lot can change in three years.

UPDATED: The Canberra Times has now got coverage up. A beautifully typical Stanhope tanty about being Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory and not Lord High Poo-Baa of the Multiverse.

Mr Stanhope said yesterday he resented Commonwealth control of the ACT’s Parliament.

“It is anachronistic that after 16 years of self-government the Commonwealth is still deciding matters of importance to the ACT, such as the number of Members in the Legislative Assembly,” he said.

Can you imagine the indulgences they’d grant themselves if that check didn’t exist??

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Thumper 4:25 pm 09 Aug 05

Ah, but then again, large central institutions run by a centralised government is a hallmark of socialism.

Could it be we have the Principality of the People’s Social Republic of Canberra?

Indi 3:56 pm 09 Aug 05

Mael – your palace idea just sooo fits in with ‘Principality’ model

Maelinar 2:39 pm 09 Aug 05

Dunno Thumper, but we’re sacrificing schools for grandiose self-indulgent palaces.

Seems fair to those who will get to occupy the palace, rotten to the rest.

Kerces 2:31 pm 09 Aug 05

Fair point bonfire. I guess it depends on if the journo in question still has their ideals intact from being a student or not.

bonfire 12:21 pm 09 Aug 05

kerces – there are also journos who are really interested and want you to send them more info on ‘x’ then you stop hearing from them and a contrasting point of view from a body with deep pockets is published. not that im cynical.

Thumper 10:16 am 09 Aug 05

So, let me get this straight.

Do we live in the People’s Social Republic of Canberra, or the Principality of the ACT?

Indi 10:10 am 09 Aug 05

Stanhope would have you believe that the ACT is a Principality – LMAO that anyone would call Jim Lloyd our most honourable ‘Lord Mayor’ or ‘King’. He wouldn’t be silly enough to waste any time in attempting to take away ‘title ownership’ from our dear Prince!

Thumper 9:53 am 09 Aug 05

Seriously, you’d think that Stanhope would have said something along the lines of;

‘Well, we believe that the ACT is under-represented and therefore we will be making representations to Mr Lloyd with the view to meeting and working out between both the Territory and the federal government, what is the best course of action in the future for the Canberra.’

But no, as usual he just goes off half cocked and annoys someone.

Memo to Mr Stanhope. Just because they are Liberal that doesn’t mean that you can’t have cordial relations.

Ralph 9:49 am 09 Aug 05

If Jim Lloyd is king, that only leaves the title of ‘drama queen’ for Stanhope.

Thumper 9:43 am 09 Aug 05

No, Jim Lloyd is not the ‘Lord mayor’ or ‘King’ of the Territory.

Equally, neither is Mr Stanhope.

Although he’s good at coming up with a catty petulant quote.

Kerces 12:09 am 09 Aug 05

And in further developments the ABC has the story of our friend on the hill Jim Lloyd saying nope, no way, and that Stanhope’s trying to get more members so he can overpower the NCA.

To which our esteemed leader replied, “He is not the lord mayor of the ACT, he is not the king of the Territory.” Where does he get these quotes from?

And the Libs are apparently saying the whole affair is “a smokescreen to divert attention away from the Government’s failed attempt to remove the bushfire coroner Maria Doogan”, only I can’t find a press release from them about this in my email and am too damn tired to make any more effort.


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