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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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gooterz 11:31 pm 25 Sep 16

David Pollard said :

rommeldog56 said :

Imagine how many of these stupid, self promoting signs there will be at the next ACT election in 2020 with the greatly expanded number of sitting MLAs seeking re election + the usual number of wannabees ! Groan……

In Yass, candidates are not allowed to put up signs on public land. You see a few in front yards and shop windows, but that’s it. Candidates here buy hundreds of them, while in Yass each candidate was ordering in the ballpark of 40.

When elected *cough* Independent for Yerrabi *cough*, I want to change our electoral advertising laws to reduce the physical waste generation, which means fewer corflutes and fewer letterbox drops. They still have a place, and we still need ways to reach people. Getting rid of corflutes would severely limit my ability to get my name out there to a whole audience. I’m big on electronic advertising because it is easier to ignore and generates no waste, but it makes it significantly less effective, too.

Show your local candidates that there is a better way! Read up on your local independents and minors that don’t get as much media attention and make an informed vote. That’ll show ’em!

It would be rather easy to abuse the current laws in which signs have to be taken down after 2 days or so and any signs left up attract a fine for taking them down.

Wouldn’t be difficult to take away a few signs then make them magically appear at the wrong time for an opponent.

ACT is one of the most educated places in the country and virtually everyone reads news online or has access to it. If you need to put up signs to show who you are you’re living in the 1980’s.

ozmaniac 7:23 pm 25 Sep 16

Strange how the pollies were quick to ban car windscreen flyers for those legitimately promoting their own businesses, but they consider the visual pollution and distraction of their own signs perfectly OK. Go figure……

David Pollard 3:27 pm 21 Sep 16

rommeldog56 said :

Imagine how many of these stupid, self promoting signs there will be at the next ACT election in 2020 with the greatly expanded number of sitting MLAs seeking re election + the usual number of wannabees ! Groan……

In Yass, candidates are not allowed to put up signs on public land. You see a few in front yards and shop windows, but that’s it. Candidates here buy hundreds of them, while in Yass each candidate was ordering in the ballpark of 40.

When elected *cough* Independent for Yerrabi *cough*, I want to change our electoral advertising laws to reduce the physical waste generation, which means fewer corflutes and fewer letterbox drops. They still have a place, and we still need ways to reach people. Getting rid of corflutes would severely limit my ability to get my name out there to a whole audience. I’m big on electronic advertising because it is easier to ignore and generates no waste, but it makes it significantly less effective, too.

Show your local candidates that there is a better way! Read up on your local independents and minors that don’t get as much media attention and make an informed vote. That’ll show ’em!

rommeldog56 1:13 pm 21 Sep 16

bj_ACT said :

What I can’t understand is ACT Politicians constantly complaining about having a few signs vandalised but then they do not mention the real issues of Canberra such as Kambah being listed as the Most Mortgaged Stressed Suburb in all of Australia.

Yep – its a measure of whats really important to them. Stuff what you voters/ratepayers want because “its all about me” !!

Imagine how many of these stupid, self promoting signs there will be at the next ACT election in 2020 with the greatly expanded number of sitting MLAs seeking re election + the usual number of wannabees ! Groan……

bj_ACT 11:41 am 21 Sep 16

What I can’t understand is ACT Politicians constantly complaining about having a few signs vandalised but then they do not mention the real issues of Canberra such as Kambah being listed as the Most Mortgaged Stressed Suburb in all of Australia.

You would think some local Pollies of any party might get a perspective on things and try to focus on developing some policy or programs to help the struggling areas of Canberra. How can a pocket of Canberra be so neglected over a long period, while politicians worry about their promotional signs or allowing vegie patches on nature strips.

http://www.digitalfinanceanalytics.com/blog/the-top-100-postcodes-at-risk-of-mortgage-default/

bigred 11:24 am 21 Sep 16

Political signs are a great source of garden stakes. Anyone seen any of Alistair’s?

David Pollard 1:54 am 21 Sep 16

gooterz said :

I wonder how many candidates meet the 10 million dollar insurance point of having signs.
Affordable for independants like kim?

Disclaimer: I’m an Independent Candidate for Yerrabi
It’s not really affordable to *not* have the insurance. I think mine was only $200 or the like – a small fraction of the campaign expense.

On the topic of the corflutes, I’d love to not do them (I’m out for 90 minutes every night putting them up myself, plus the expense of printing them in the first place), but all advice is that they are a required part of the election.

I’d actually like to reform our electoral advertising laws so that they can only be placed on private property – no public land at all. If I get elected, I’ll work on that. I’m sure the others will vote with me to get rid of them!

TuggLife 7:19 pm 19 Sep 16

rommeldog56 said :

Now, which party is worried about loosing an MLA in Tuggeranong/Brindabella, I wonder ?

Joy Burch’s are a peculiar shade of yellow and different to the other ALP signs. Is she on the out?

Masquara 5:47 pm 19 Sep 16

rommeldog56 said :

ACT labor signs must outnumber Liberals/Independents 20 to

There’s that pokie money at work!

gooterz 2:52 pm 19 Sep 16

I wonder how many candidates meet the 10 million dollar insurance point of having signs.
Affordable for independants like kim?

rommeldog56 2:19 pm 19 Sep 16

Deref said :

I wonder if anyone’s ever done research into whether these corfutes actually work. I have a sneaking suspicion that they’re probably a waste of time and money, at least the standard one with the candidate’s name and photo.

Yep-u have to wonder. Just drove along Isabella Drive, Ashley Drive and Erindale Drive, Tuggeranong (Brindabella electorate). ACT labor signs must outnumber Liberals/Independents 20 to 1. They are in plague proportions. Very unsightly.

Now, which party is worried about loosing an MLA in Tuggeranong/Brindabella, I wonder ?

Deref 11:52 am 19 Sep 16

I wonder if anyone’s ever done research into whether these corfutes actually work. I have a sneaking suspicion that they’re probably a waste of time and money, at least the standard one with the candidate’s name and photo.

I saw some of what I consider very effective ones a couple of days ago – black signs with white lettering:

MORE HOSPITALS
NO TRAM
LIBERALS

I’m not a Liberal supporter at all, but I thought that the concept worked.

devils_advocate 9:41 am 19 Sep 16

Overall, I think its disappointing that a number of candidates are claiming to seek election on the basis that they will represent the interests of their electorate, however they are in fact blindly towing the party line.
Yes they will find some way to retrofit the party policy to the interests of their electorate – including by resorting to claims of uncosted future network extensions in the case of the tram – but really they shouldn’t be claiming to run as a representative of their electors in this case.
The sad thing is I would consider voting independent on this basis but for this election, the tram really needs to be defeated so will probably have to vote liberal (which is a bit sad in itself).

rommeldog56 1:06 pm 18 Sep 16

wildturkeycanoe said :

Back to the topic of those coreflute signs, there looks to be one floating face down in our local water quality control pond. I’d blame the wind for carrying it there but we haven’t had a southeasterly strong enough to carry one for a kilometer or so. I’d say somebody has gone to the trouble of carrying it on their way home from the pub and dumped the candidate’s image where they think it is best suited.

Oh no – god forbid. Its a disaster then ! LOL

Which candidate ? Maybe they can post on here about how very, very disappointed they are !

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