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Cheyne’s signs ‘absolutely trashed’ on Southern Cross Drive

By Charlotte Harper - 13 September 2016 54

Tara Cheyne sign broken

Labor candidate for Ginninderra Tara Cheyne has discovered several of her corflutes (the campaign signs lining the roads around town) have been destroyed.

Ms Cheyne has posted a photograph and video of the mess on her @in_the_taratory Twitter account.

“The nasty side of campaigning. Yep, that’s my sign cut – CUT – in half,” she wrote at around 9pm last night.

In the video, shot on Southern Cross Drive, she again referred to the nasty side of the hustings, “where signs don’t only get knocked over or disappear, but absolutely trashed”.

“This is pretty sad, signs are a lot of money, a lot of time and a lot of effort on behalf of my whole campaign team,” Ms Cheyne said.

“If people have problem with the signs, I’d rather they get in touch with me than do something like this.

“Very, very disappointing.”

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Cheyne’s signs ‘absolutely trashed’ on Southern Cross Drive
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jett18 1:12 pm
13 Sep 16
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What’s very disappointing is that our local pollies are more willing to put money into this kind of campaigning then getting out into the community and talking about the issues that affect their constituents AND THEN acting on those concerns rather than towing the party line.

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rommeldog56 2:53 pm
13 Sep 16
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jett18 said :

What’s very disappointing is that our local pollies are more willing to put money into this kind of campaigning then getting out into the community and talking about the issues that affect their constituents AND THEN acting on those concerns rather than towing the party line.

+1.

If she is “very, very disappointed” that a few of her pesky election signs were broken, I wonder how disappointed she will be if she were to be elected, in having no choice but to tow the ACT Labor/Greens party line and continue with tripling Annual Rates, dreaming up new ACT Govt charges and levies, increasing the territory budget deficit, adhering to the secret MOU between ACT Labor/Greens and Unions ACT, not recognising or calling out conflicts of interest by other ACT Labor Ministers, supporting the tram (including stage 2 to Woden that hasn’t even been costed yet !), etc. Very, very, very, very disappointed no doubt…

Puts being “very, very disappointed” over a few election signs into cotext really. Its nothing and not worth reporting.

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in_the_taratory 4:36 pm
13 Sep 16
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jett18 said :

What’s very disappointing is that our local pollies are more willing to put money into this kind of campaigning then getting out into the community and talking about the issues that affect their constituents AND THEN acting on those concerns rather than towing the party line.

Thanks for your comment. Since March I’ve been out with shopping centre stalls, writing newsletters, personally responding to the emails I receive, phoning people and going door to door. For the last 6 weeks I have been full time campaigning (and this continues until the election) for the exact purpose of wanting to have as many conversations as possible so that I can be the best representative I can be if I am elected. I am lucky enough to have had thousands of conversations. Signs are a very small part of campaigning – people can’t talk to a sign, but they do raise awareness and can be conversation starters so they are important. And, yes, I *am* disappointed for my volunteers who give up their time to help design, put together and distribute these signs – they are bloody hard workers and it’s frustrating to have their work destroyed.

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gooterz 7:00 pm
13 Sep 16
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in_the_taratory said :

jett18 said :

What’s very disappointing is that our local pollies are more willing to put money into this kind of campaigning then getting out into the community and talking about the issues that affect their constituents AND THEN acting on those concerns rather than towing the party line.

Thanks for your comment. Since March I’ve been out with shopping centre stalls, writing newsletters, personally responding to the emails I receive, phoning people and going door to door. For the last 6 weeks I have been full time campaigning (and this continues until the election) for the exact purpose of wanting to have as many conversations as possible so that I can be the best representative I can be if I am elected. I am lucky enough to have had thousands of conversations. Signs are a very small part of campaigning – people can’t talk to a sign, but they do raise awareness and can be conversation starters so they are important. And, yes, I *am* disappointed for my volunteers who give up their time to help design, put together and distribute these signs – they are bloody hard workers and it’s frustrating to have their work destroyed.

How about the hard work the tax payers put into the billions of dollars worth of tax paid to the ACT government only to be spent on a tram with a lousy return?

Your signs are probably destroyed by someone with no idea what a party is.

Like most candidates I’ve never heard of you before.

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justin heywood 7:47 pm
13 Sep 16
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Nobody likes to see their work trashed but I think that, relative to the low-down, dirty, dishonest contest that politics is in this town (practised by all sides), a few destroyed cornflutes is pretty minor.

How I would love to see a candidate instruct his/her team that dirty politics will not be tolerated, that he/she doesn’t agree with every party policy, and that he/she will do her best if elected but can’t guarantee peace and happiness for all.

I’d vote for that candidate.

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wildturkeycanoe 8:06 pm
13 Sep 16
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“If people have problem with the signs, I’d rather they get in touch with me than do something like this.”
Like any politician is going to listen to a member of the community, especially over a bunch of signs. The community doesn’t want them, but no party is going to remove their signs and lose all that free advertising. I wonder how much taxpayers have paid to have these eyesores spread across the state. They really serve no purpose, because the signs are not informative, missing anything even closely related to policies . The only thing some of them do is put a face to a name, but most don’t even do that. We will all find out on election day who is who in the party game, but by then I’d say most have made informative decisions through watching the news or maybe by reading one of the how to vote guides popped into their mailbox.
Nobody is going to change their voting habit because they like the colour of a sign, a clever pun or witty slogan. These advertising attempts are not even in the same league as the Canturf ads.

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gazket 9:47 pm
13 Sep 16
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“If people have problem with the signs, I’d rather they get in touch with me”
I’ll take you up on that offer.
I don’t like your visual pollution either.

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JC 10:22 pm
13 Sep 16
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rommeldog56 said :

jett18 said :

What’s very disappointing is that our local pollies are more willing to put money into this kind of campaigning then getting out into the community and talking about the issues that affect their constituents AND THEN acting on those concerns rather than towing the party line.

+1.

If she is “very, very disappointed” that a few of her pesky election signs were broken, I wonder how disappointed she will be if she were to be elected, in having no choice but to tow the ACT Labor/Greens party line and continue with tripling Annual Rates, dreaming up new ACT Govt charges and levies, increasing the territory budget deficit, adhering to the secret MOU between ACT Labor/Greens and Unions ACT, not recognising or calling out conflicts of interest by other ACT Labor Ministers, supporting the tram (including stage 2 to Woden that hasn’t even been costed yet !), etc.

Very, very, very, very disappointed no doubt…

Puts being “very, very disappointed” over a few election signs into cotext really. Its nothing and not worth reporting.

And how are the Libs going to be any different?

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TuggLife 12:31 am
14 Sep 16
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in_the_taratory said :

jett18 said :

What’s very disappointing is that our local pollies are more willing to put money into this kind of campaigning then getting out into the community and talking about the issues that affect their constituents AND THEN acting on those concerns rather than towing the party line.

Thanks for your comment. Since March I’ve been out with shopping centre stalls, writing newsletters, personally responding to the emails I receive, phoning people and going door to door. For the last 6 weeks I have been full time campaigning (and this continues until the election) for the exact purpose of wanting to have as many conversations as possible so that I can be the best representative I can be if I am elected. I am lucky enough to have had thousands of conversations. Signs are a very small part of campaigning – people can’t talk to a sign, but they do raise awareness and can be conversation starters so they are important. And, yes, I *am* disappointed for my volunteers who give up their time to help design, put together and distribute these signs – they are bloody hard workers and it’s frustrating to have their work destroyed.

Tara, perhaps some of your colleagues could pop down the shops to chat with some of us at non-election times, too? And then perhaps act on that feedback?

Twitter as a medium attracts hyperbole. There is no ‘mildly disappointed’ on Twitter, just outrage.

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rommeldog56 7:30 am
14 Sep 16
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JC said :

And how are the Libs going to be any different?

If the Libs get in and dont shape up, vote them out in 2020.

We simply can not carry on the way we are under ACT Labor/Greens.

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devils_advocate 9:06 am
14 Sep 16
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rommeldog56 said :

JC said :

And how are the Libs going to be any different?

If the Libs get in and dont shape up, vote them out in 2020.

We simply can not carry on the way we are under ACT Labor/Greens.

Yes – introducing a genuine sense of contestability in the ACT will impose some discipline on the current lot, who tax and spend with impunity and then use a series of half-truths and distortions to try and make us feel less ripped off.

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in_the_taratory 12:54 pm
14 Sep 16
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justin heywood said :

Nobody likes to see their work trashed but I think that, relative to the low-down, dirty, dishonest contest that politics is in this town (practised by all sides), a few destroyed cornflutes is pretty minor.

How I would love to see a candidate instruct his/her team that dirty politics will not be tolerated, that he/she doesn’t agree with every party policy, and that he/she will do her best if elected but can’t guarantee peace and happiness for all.

I’d vote for that candidate.

I agree, it is pretty minor – especially when I’ve been actively campaigning since March. I posted two tweets about it. That’s it. I didn’t write this article and the quotes are drawn from the video in the tweet – not from some interview.

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in_the_taratory 12:56 pm
14 Sep 16
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wildturkeycanoe said :

“If people have problem with the signs, I’d rather they get in touch with me than do something like this.”
Like any politician is going to listen to a member of the community, especially over a bunch of signs. The community doesn’t want them, but no party is going to remove their signs and lose all that free advertising. I wonder how much taxpayers have paid to have these eyesores spread across the state. They really serve no purpose, because the signs are not informative, missing anything even closely related to policies . The only thing some of them do is put a face to a name, but most don’t even do that. We will all find out on election day who is who in the party game, but by then I’d say most have made informative decisions through watching the news or maybe by reading one of the how to vote guides popped into their mailbox.
Nobody is going to change their voting habit because they like the colour of a sign, a clever pun or witty slogan. These advertising attempts are not even in the same league as the Canturf ads.

I explained in my comment at 4.36pm yesterday some of the reasons we use signs. My signs have been paid for by me and donations I’ve received from family, friends and supporters. Not taxpayers. If there is a genuine issue with the position of one of my signs, I will move it.

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in_the_taratory 12:59 pm
14 Sep 16
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TuggLife said :

in_the_taratory said :

jett18 said :

What’s very disappointing is that our local pollies are more willing to put money into this kind of campaigning then getting out into the community and talking about the issues that affect their constituents AND THEN acting on those concerns rather than towing the party line.

Thanks for your comment. Since March I’ve been out with shopping centre stalls, writing newsletters, personally responding to the emails I receive, phoning people and going door to door. For the last 6 weeks I have been full time campaigning (and this continues until the election) for the exact purpose of wanting to have as many conversations as possible so that I can be the best representative I can be if I am elected. I am lucky enough to have had thousands of conversations. Signs are a very small part of campaigning – people can’t talk to a sign, but they do raise awareness and can be conversation starters so they are important. And, yes, I *am* disappointed for my volunteers who give up their time to help design, put together and distribute these signs – they are bloody hard workers and it’s frustrating to have their work destroyed.

Tara, perhaps some of your colleagues could pop down the shops to chat with some of us at non-election times, too? And then perhaps act on that feedback?

Twitter as a medium attracts hyperbole. There is no ‘mildly disappointed’ on Twitter, just outrage.

You can read about the kind of MLA I want to be here: http://taracheyne.com.au/statement-to-the-canberra-alliance-for-participatory-democracy/

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in_the_taratory 1:05 pm
14 Sep 16
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jett18 said :

Like most candidates I’ve never heard of you before.

Well, I guess now you have.

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