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Canberra rooned Says Gazza!

By johnboy - 11 January 2012 31

Has Senator Humphries’ office hired Jeff Manny?

The Senator’s latest epistle makes the interesting leap that a decline in building approvals is “confirming that Canberra is becoming less and less liveable”, which seems a bit of a stretch.

He then rabbits on about efficiency dividends reducing the appeal of moving to Canberra, despite his party’s intention to make even bigger cuts.

But this line left me truly confused:

The picture can’t be painted more clearly, yet the government stands back and scratches its head as though it’s looking at a Picasso.

Moving on he finishes with a line that really holds him as a hostage to fortune:

“I call on the Federal Government to stop taking Canberra and our national institutions for granted, pillaging them each time they want a little extra spending money”, Senator Humphries concluded.

What’s Your opinion?


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31 Responses to
Canberra rooned Says Gazza!
VicePope 10:30 am 12 Jan 12

CSRI – the talent is probably in a few pools. There are smart and good people who are or have been in the Commonwealth or ACT public sector, there are some business people, there are some professionals (mostly lawyers), there are academics, there are some in the community sector and there are some media people. Whoever it was would need to developed and marketed to improve recognition across the wider community, and this would need to start soon.
I would have to control a gag reflex before voting for, say, Jack Waterford but would be prepared to do it to get something resembling representation. JohnBoy might be an option(!)

Mysteryman 10:25 am 12 Jan 12

“The picture can’t be painted more clearly, yet the government stands back and scratches its head as though it’s looking at a Picasso.”

Which part of that is hard to understand? It’s hardly confusing.

colourful sydney rac 10:13 am 12 Jan 12

VicePope said :

CSRI – not sure if I agree. The quota is one-third of the votes, plus one.

Sorry, in my post I should have metioned preferences rather than votes.

colourful sydney rac 10:11 am 12 Jan 12

VicePope said :

Let’s exclude Jeff Manny, the React Roofing guy, the Magnet Mart guy, David Eastman (even if he were eligible), the bloke on WIN News, Mark Carmody, any superannuated footballers and Constable Kenny Koala. Exclude people associated with either side of politics or with anything weird or extreme.

Doesn’t really leave too many options…

VicePope 9:58 am 12 Jan 12

CSRI – not sure if I agree. The quota is one-third of the votes, plus one. The ALP will always go over-quota to some extent, and the Libs have tended to scrape around the minimum (I think they have gone to preferences in the past and may do so again). The possibility is that the Libs fall a few points below quota and a sensible independent could stay in the race while the ALP surplus and the preferences of lower candidates were distributed. Would a high-profile independent last long enough before Sen Humphries got what was needed to fall over the line? If that looked like happening, would an independent stay afloat longer than the Greens?
At the worst, the incumbents might get enough of a fright to remember where they live and represent and that might be useful anyway. Off-topic, though, for whom (running as a Canberra independent)
would people be prepared to vote? Let’s exclude Jeff Manny, the React Roofing guy, the Magnet Mart guy, David Eastman (even if he were eligible), the bloke on WIN News, Mark Carmody, any superannuated footballers and Constable Kenny Koala. Exclude people associated with either side of politics or with anything weird or extreme.

colourful sydney rac 9:07 am 12 Jan 12

VicePope said :

Is this the same Senator Humphries who had no apparent problems with the Coalition proposal to get rid of c 12,000 public servants, mostly in Canberra? Who shut up when the Howard government induced a local recession for no more than chest-beating (he was in the local sandpit assembly at the time, I think)?
It’s not as if the ALP members are any better. They have been pretty well silent this time. What we need is a credible independent Senator, to replace Gazza or Gonzo or Gasbag or whatever you call him, because his seat is more vulnerable than Senator Lundy’s. Imagine the protection we’d have if whoever was in government needed to negotiate with someone who was interested in the ACT rather than his/her own seat and career. I’m not volunteering (not talented enough), but I’d happily hand out leaflets for someone who had a chance of ending the major party domination.

The problem is that, given we only have two senate seats, you would need to have just over a third of Canberrans supporting an independent candidate – I can not imagine that happening.

VicePope 8:16 am 12 Jan 12

Is this the same Senator Humphries who had no apparent problems with the Coalition proposal to get rid of c 12,000 public servants, mostly in Canberra? Who shut up when the Howard government induced a local recession for no more than chest-beating (he was in the local sandpit assembly at the time, I think)?
It’s not as if the ALP members are any better. They have been pretty well silent this time. What we need is a credible independent Senator, to replace Gazza or Gonzo or Gasbag or whatever you call him, because his seat is more vulnerable than Senator Lundy’s. Imagine the protection we’d have if whoever was in government needed to negotiate with someone who was interested in the ACT rather than his/her own seat and career. I’m not volunteering (not talented enough), but I’d happily hand out leaflets for someone who had a chance of ending the major party domination.

zippyzippy 11:03 pm 11 Jan 12

This is totally nonsensical.

But: he doesn’t care. Just as long as more words about labor ineptness float out there into the ether then everything is fine.

arescarti42 9:25 pm 11 Jan 12

“The ACT has recorded its lowest building approval level in three years, confirming that Canberra is becoming less and less liveable.”

Is this guy retarded or what? Where do things like credit availability, previous construction levels and demand for new construction fit in to his fabulous analysis?

Mr Evil 8:50 pm 11 Jan 12

Oh dear – is this what happens when politicians take on an ANU/UC student on a summer internship over the holidays?

AsparagusSyndrome 5:14 pm 11 Jan 12

Unicode notwithstanding, the good senator’s purple prose also appears to concatenate no fewer than four nouns! This makes it an extremely deep and satisfying purple patch – dark clouds indeed.

I, like many others bobbing up and down like lost fishing reel corks at dusk in a vast and unnerving sea of uncritical readers, look forward to a golden day when five or even six nouns can be concatenated like diesels on a really long iron ore train, by a political leader with the vision to pick up his worn but much-loved shovel and dig his own furrow.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:26 pm 11 Jan 12

poetix said :

These aren’t in the original, but have snuggled into the sentence like rats finding a good home: %u2019s.

U+2019 is the Unicode for a “Right Single Quotation Mark” (’), one of the many variants of an apostrophe in Unicode. I don’t know whose end caused it to go wrong though.

poetix 12:36 pm 11 Jan 12

These aren’t in the original, but have snuggled into the sentence like rats finding a good home: %u2019s.

Funky1 12:23 pm 11 Jan 12

Well at least it’s amusing. Must be going for some “entertaining blog award” somewhere. 🙂

poetix 12:19 pm 11 Jan 12

‘Consumer confidence is down and uncertainty in the Public Service due to the Federal Labor%u2019s efficiency dividend zigzags looms like a dark cloud over the city%u2019s future.’

Oh please…This should be compared with this:

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents–except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.”
–Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)

There is a well-known contest for the worst first line in a fictitious book named after the man who wrote that:
http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/

(Ugly site, appropriately.)

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