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Candidates’ websites – October 2008

By johnboy - 15 October 2008 144

[First filed: October 13, 2008 @ 23:43]

Candidate websites are in decline.

Politicians seem to have realised that the web is hostile territory where people won’t always say what you want them to say. Much safer to stick to older school media where opinion can be safely bought and sold, to be ladled to the dwindling band of proles still receptive on their couches.

A minority of candidates, however, are still giving the interwebs a go.

I plugged the laptop into the tele and got my politically apathetic housemates to give their opinions of the various websites and, photography permitting, crumpet factor, of those who would rule over us for the next four long years.

For those unwilling to wade through the notes I can say it was an all Labor show.

Mary Porter has the best website by far. Adina Cirson (pictured) wins the crumpet factor, with Andrew Barr the only male to make the crumpet list (should have had a website Morgo).

Mike Hettinger also features with the ugliest website, possibly the ugliest website ever produced outside the educational sector.

Steve Doszpot

It has elegant design. And it’s well set out. But making text deliberately small is just silly.

A decent effort, but unremarkable.

Joy Burch

Unremarkable and dull, lacking in appeal. But she seems like a nice person.

Mick Gentleman

A housemate thinks he looks a little insane

As for the site the fonts are too busy and it looks like a blog. A plain blog.

John Hargreaves

When his picture came up the comment was “eahhh…”

But the site looks friendly, if a little empty.

Tracy Mackey

This page is super trendy with the centrepiece being a flash driven slideshow zapping gormless motherhood statements into your brain.

The problem is that periodically the same photo keeps flashing

It’s otherwise light on content.

Wayne Seivers

Wayne Sievers is a serious man, but perhaps the site could have benefitted from less photographs of him rather than more, because he’s no oil painting.

The use of hyper-emphasis which drops high level heading text into the middle of paragraphs was also not appreciated by the housemates who shrieked “STOP YELLING AT ME” at Wayne’s visage.

On the other hand he mentions RiotACT on the front page so he gets a plus mark.

The Motorists Party are too busy reminiscing about Pauline Hanson to do web pages. But we did have lots of giggles looking at their photos. William “Andrew” Simington always got a laugh when spirits were flagging.

Anyone want to speculate on why all the AMP candidates are men in white shirts? Hasn’t history shown us poor results when political movements wear uniforms?

The housemates wanted to know why they’re all so ugly?

Chris Bourke

The housemates quite liked the look of Chris Bourke saying he looks reasonable, with quite a pleasant face.

The website on the other hand is dull, sparse, with not much to it.

Adina Cirson

According to her website Adina is “one of us”

Which made us wonder what if God was one of us?

And is she trying to hide being an alien?

The site has far too many colours. They clash. And the whole thing is not pleasant to look at.

In a rare break with convention the candidate appears to be the child standing next to the grownups, and is not the focus of the pictures.

Mary Porter

This is a very pleasant, very well laid out website.

By far the best on offer for any candidate. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what ails a site but this one is rolled gold.

Roger Nicoll

An ugly and disinterested site with mixed fonts and motherhood statements heavy, everything else light.

Jacqui Myers

Like Adina, Jacqui claims to be “one of us” with all the slightly creepy overtones entailled.

While not making the crumpet list she was considered to have a reasonably pleasant face.

Nothing too exciting about the site but no complaints.

Andrea Tokaji

Andrea has a myspace page with all the ugliness that entails.

She also proves that scans of campaign literature don’t work on the web.

And she scored as crumpet.

Matthew Watts

Mismatched fonts, and bad proportions were balanced by a link to RiotACT on the front page.

Matt on his soapbox did not impress. Although he was accused of looking at one of the housemates “funny” one night in the Pot Belly. Make of that what you will.

Harold Hird


Egocentric and yet with nothing on it other than the colour green, buttons and a photo.

It says “Hello, and welcome to my web site,” welcome to 1995.

And how many fonts do you need? Three? Four different fonts?

Mark Parton

It’s generally considered to be one of the better sites, and it didn’t make anyone’s eyeballs hurt.

Adam Verwey

Adam was considered to be possible crumpet, but with insufficient detail in the photo no verdict could be reached.

The site design was considered harmless if slightly amateur.

Darren Churchill

Popups everwhere!!!!! Nowhere is safe to mouse!

We thought it had the same picture over and over but down the bottom there lurked a new one.

Andrew Barr

The only male crumpet in the pack the website also rated well with the layout especially pleasing.

Eleanor Bates

Housemates wanted to know why is her neck the same size as her head?

It’s dull, but well set out and she rated as Semi-crumpet

Simon Corbell

“Our city is under a tack!”

This site bugged me so much.

So very much effort has gone into annoying the user.

It changed the mouse cursor to something blue. “Give me back my mouse bitches!” shrieked the housemates.

And if you have sound turned on it makes a HORRID HORRID noise – like a coin on glass – when mousing over the menu buttons. Why go to that much effort to upset visitors?

The big red tack stabbing into Canberra was thought to be a positive, distracting from Simon’s zombie like visage,

After some debate zombies were prefered to giant tacks.

Katy Gallagher

Despite a staggeringly dorky “Welcome to my new website!” message Katy scored as crumpet.

The site also featured far too much red text. But was otherwise workmanlike.

Mike Hettinger

“OH MY GOD” we all screamed.

“MAKE IT GO AWAY” followed forthwith.

Then we all fell around laughing for some time.

The housemates decided that young Mike was crumpet in his USAF uniform. Current Mike less so.

Outside of the education sector it’s possibly the ugliest website ever made.

David Matthews

David’s eyebrows were thought to be on the scary side.

But on the plus we were able to find his page even though he shares a name with a rock star.

The website cunningly matches his grey suit and hair.

But it was thought he needs more information on the front page, and less begging.

Norvan Vogt

“welcome to my little part of Cyberspace” was not a winning message with the housemates.

Now was two shades of orange for communicating. And not much to communicate.

Elena Kirschbaum

Another Myspace page, and one of the more elegant ones out there.

Elena’s reputation of emo-hate had preceded her and the housemates were not pleased.

“I think the reason she hates emos is they’re so much more beautiful than her,” said one.

“It’s time to grow up and get a real website,” said another.

It also features leftover senate campaign information and puts her a year younger than her profile data suggests.

Belinda Barnier

“She looks like she’d be a nice mum,” was the verdict.

A good looking site at the top of the page, down the bottom it looks like her kids have been trying to help out.

Red buttons with bevelled edges and mismatched fonts urgh. Ticker blech.

But there’s some nice use of themes with imagery.

Jacqui Burke

“It is a pleasure to welcome you to my homepage,” is the opening piece of patronisation.

On the site there’s very little to indicate she’s a Liberal.

It makes nice use of simple points and benefits from a well thought out soft palette.

Definitely one of the better ones.

Jeremy Hanson

This site is a triumph of style over substance.

It plays up his Army links but features such comedy boxes as:

    “Upcoming Event
    No Upcoming Event”

It also starts an auto-load of video which is a great way to seriously annoy visitors.

Gary Kent

Grey text on white, with a grey background.

The site makes a point of flogging opportunities to help him, and fourteen mentions of the word “Gary”

Greg Tannahill

It’s a default template blogspot blog, hasn’t been updated since August.

It screams “I wish I’d never let them talk me into doing this”.

Apologies if I’ve missed anyone, but frankly if you can’t get your site into the first couple of pages of google results you’re just not trying very hard.

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sepi 9:15 pm 14 Oct 08

Dragway – the CMP have drawn up plans to put all sorts of motorsport facilities in the majura valley – do they actually have a plan for obtaining this land – it isn’t just bush out there, there are wineries, horse breeders, properties etc.

Mark Parton – wants to support Communities, Families and Business – I would have thought the interests of the first two are almost opposite to what business wants – I wonder how he’ll deal with that – eg Power Plant in Macarthur.

Poor Katy looks like she is asleep in her ad.

below_average_joe 9:05 pm 14 Oct 08

Alistair Coe would be a contender for the crumpet list – clean cut, wholesome looking lad. He may pop around the estate for tea, crumpets and prison style loving any time.

Also no mention of Mrs Coe – ladies, start your engines :-).

Granny 8:19 pm 14 Oct 08

Alright then, we’ll share! Legislative Assembly. October 19. Be there.

*heh heh heh*

Bungle 8:19 pm 14 Oct 08

Not that I bat on this team, (Adina’s got my vote) but where’s that young whipper snapper for the Liberals in Gininderra. Alistair Coe is it? Doesn’t he have a website?

deezagood 8:10 pm 14 Oct 08

I think you could take me Granny – I’m a big wimp.

Granny 8:08 pm 14 Oct 08

Ok, catfight!


deezagood 8:07 pm 14 Oct 08

Yep gotta agree with politikos and Granny – Jeremy does it for me too … Grrrrrr

Granny 7:53 pm 14 Oct 08

When you’re right, you’re right. And you are sooo right.

In all my born days I have never seen such a vision of loveliness.

A rose by any other name ….

But speak to me Jeremy, my love, that I may die happy!

politikos 7:21 pm 14 Oct 08

“Andrew Barr the only male to make the crumpet list”

Have to disagree. The only male I’d put on the list is Jeremy Hanson. Bonus points for the uniform!

Granny 6:45 pm 14 Oct 08

Yeah, make sure you say that in front of her two little girls, won’t you? Just so that they, too, know that they may one day be respected or valued for anything other than their physical appearance.

iCanberran 6:32 pm 14 Oct 08

Mmmmm, Adina Carson, I wouldn’t mind buttering that crumpet….. oh god did I say that out loud?

Gungahlin Al 6:16 pm 14 Oct 08

“Adina Cirson: One of us? Just a slob like one of us?”

I think she is trying to say to Belconnen district people she’s from there. The eternal “I’m no jonny-come-lately” pitch.

She was on 666 this morning pointing out that “a lot of things have gone to Gungahlin lately”, but seemingly forgetting that Gungahlin’s suburb of Nicholls is in her electorate (despite having attended our candidates night last week).

Wide Boy Jake 5:18 pm 14 Oct 08

Adina Cirson: One of us? Just a slob like one of us?

johnboy 5:02 pm 14 Oct 08

That was my little bit of fun. Took your time though!

undertow 4:52 pm 14 Oct 08

The title of this post is just crying out for an apostrophe!

stray 4:40 pm 14 Oct 08

jakez – 😛
leave it alone.

jakez 4:30 pm 14 Oct 08

…unless you are an emo artist.

stray 3:48 pm 14 Oct 08

ahahaha. gold! great post…wouldnt have even thought to check out their sites, i have a pile of their advertising crap on my lawn… glad i looked though, some of the sites are just just terrible!

and my two cents on Katy is that on tv she looks like she’s shrinking into her hunch and trying to look shorter than she is…whats that about? stand up straight woman!!

ohh and leave elena alone. that email shouldnt have been made public, true but not fair. she does a lot of good work for youth activities and arts in canberra –

areaman 3:00 pm 14 Oct 08

I really wish this issue would go away. The reason they haven’t built one yet? Because only a small minority care…at all. The majority of Canberrans (voters) couldn’t give a rats about a dragway…many, like myself, are actually sick to death of hearing about it. Want one? Build the bloody thing yourselves & then shutup.

The real reason is because the land they wanted to build it would have been too close and loud. The reason they’re so angry is because no one else cares.

NoAddedMSG 2:15 pm 14 Oct 08

sepi said :

Funny that Hettinger is still bragging about

Being a Rocket Scientist!

Educated by Monks!!

I thought someone would have had a word about those dot points after the last election.

It is memorable though.

Argh, his website was too hideous for me to read properly to determine if people who are actually rocket scientists would also describe him as such, or if they would snigger mightily to themselves at that description. Where’s his PhD???

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