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Chief Minister Asleep at the Wheel?

beasley 27 March 2008 30

Does anyone know if our intrepid socialist Leader is taking a break from the hard grind of Office thinking he can coast in at the next election?

Just checking out what the CM has been up to through his media releases for the last two months and it is chock a block with commentary on events and activities he has had nothing to do with in a policy or leadership sense.

I was going to create a list, but it became a very lengthy process, so instead, just look at:

http://www.chiefminister.act.gov.au/media.asp?section=0&title=Media%20Releases

As you can see, it is:

– commentary on various publications and statistics (low unemployment, reduction in greenhouse footprint)
– commentary on public matters (welcoming police horses home, albert hall turning 80, world book day)
– announcements of inquiries (call for Hertigae grant applications)
– a few useless chips at the Opposition (Smyth defacto Leader)

I admit that there are a couple of things in there worthy of mentioning, but the amount of useless commentary seems over the top. More likely a case of public servants in PR who are justifying their existence. Or it could just be that he is not doing anything, so the spin doctors have to make it seem like he is.

For a man getting paid over $200K a year, frankly I think we can expect more than a community service announcer.


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Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:39 pm 02 Apr 08

Just wait until you see the initiation ceremony we have planned for all you newbies! 🙂

Scissors Scissors 2:21 pm 02 Apr 08

Even the blogs in Canberra have to have hierarchies…hilarious.

Thumper Thumper 2:01 pm 02 Apr 08

I have no problems with newbies Caf. it’s just that they (some, or most?) tend to be one issue blow ins who hog up a thread for a day or two, don’t actually add anything of note, and then bugger off never to be heard again.

Of course, then there is the newbie that drops in, adds a lot of interesting comments, and stays around.

And I’m a naturally cynical bastard 😉

caf caf 1:50 pm 02 Apr 08

Agree that the coming election should see an influx of new readers, but I don’t think a “circling of the wagons” approach of dimissing these new readers as simply blow-ins with nothing to contribute / political stooges is healthy. An election naturally increases the interest of people in things political, so I’m sure most of these people will be genuine contributors with entirely valid views. Not that you shouldn’t maintain a bit of skepticism, but it’s easy to go overboard with the cynicism / isolationism. I think I’ve been seeing a bit of that starting lately, and it worries me (not aimed at any particular comments in this thread, I’m talking about a period of a few months).

Scissors Scissors 1:40 pm 02 Apr 08

What kind of name is Zed anyway?

Scissors Scissors 1:39 pm 02 Apr 08

But surely that’s a good thing?

wagons wagons 1:38 pm 02 Apr 08

Thumper – or should I call you Zed?? Have we unmasked you – leader of the esteemed Opposition! I am not in favour of Labor either – ACT politics is a joke, but Zed is even more of one!!!

Thumper Thumper 1:33 pm 02 Apr 08

Actually scissors, I I should have been really commenting on the fact that this site will become flooded by newbies in the coming months due to the forthcoming election.

And yeah, anyone with a religious bent loses my vote.

Cheers

Mr Evil Mr Evil 1:33 pm 02 Apr 08

Asleep at the wheel?

More like Dead on Arrival!

Scissors Scissors 1:29 pm 02 Apr 08

No Thumper, I’m not an ACT Labor acolyte. But I can see why you’d be suspicious of us newbies.

Thumper Thumper 1:27 pm 02 Apr 08

One would suggest that Smyth, Dunne and co are not really interested in gaining power, moreso, they are happy to take their money, sit in opposition, and take no responsibility for anything.

The next election will be interesting, especially if we see a greater number of independents than usual. True, this will mean Stanhope holds power but a few of his uninspiring lackeys, and equally uninspiring liberals, will also lose their seasts.

But at least we’ll be back to a minority government.

(Tom Tom, indignant, no. making a comment. yes. As I’ve said before, feel free to post your own threads at any time)

VicePope VicePope 1:21 pm 02 Apr 08

The ACT Libs are a grotesque car smash of incompetence – even their former, would have been leader (Mulcahy) said they were not fit for government. There must be better candidates than Pratt/Burke/Dunne, even if they were picked at random from the phone book. Smyth and Stefaniak are marginal, and Zed is probably less experienced at anything than anyone in public life anywhere in the universe. As with a car smash, there’s a sort of morbid interest in watching as one drives past, braking before running into the rubbernecker up the road.

Their shortcomings make it possible for the local ALP to be as useless as they are and still seem so much better than the alternative. Stanhope is a grown up, like him or not. He beats Zed the way a rottweiler would beat a pomeranian. Barr and Corbell seem better at dealing woth issues than Smyth or Stefaniak; Katy Gallagher is marginal. Hargreaves is a clown, as are the backbench, most of whom would probably be overstressed brushing their teeth. As a group, they’re unimpressive.

I have begged in the past for some adults to form a party and run. This town is full of people with experience in the public service, academia, the law and business – my guess is that a couple of retired Secretaries could run the ACT Government better than either major party if they worked every other Wednesday morning before heading off to golf. In fact, I keep wondering why we don’t just have three competent ACT Commissioners, advised by a small bureaucracy and slightly answerable to a part-time council.

tom-tom tom-tom 12:44 pm 02 Apr 08

ha hah ha thumper getting indignant about biased political comments…. hello pot this the kettle calling

Thumper Thumper 12:31 pm 02 Apr 08

Interesting comment, looks like a few ACT labor acolytes have moved in. Then again, with a coming election I think we can safely say that we will end up with a lot of newbies commenting on various poloitcal parties and people.

How about this then. Rudd is a left wing religious fanantic.

Would you not vote for him then?

Scissors Scissors 12:15 pm 02 Apr 08

I agree wagons, that’s one of the main reasons I wouldn’t vote for the the Libs at this election.

wagons wagons 11:17 am 02 Apr 08

Zed is a right wing religious fanatic – can’t believe what I am reading here people!! If you want abortion banned and football players in the govt, go right ahead.

pelican pelican 7:32 pm 29 Mar 08

The dishevelled Libs are not providing a viable alternative. Wonder if the Sundried Tomatoes will run again?

Seriously though I hope we get some outstanding Independents and Greens to vote for next time around. Only way to demonstrate our angst at the lack of quality leadership and representation is not to vote for the majors – it only encourages them.

MrMagoo MrMagoo 5:07 pm 27 Mar 08

Perhaps he feels that at the moment the other side are only really offereing Zed, he’s support is limited and could turn and bite him at anytime.

Crikey Crikey 4:52 pm 27 Mar 08

Yes, Zed has too many idiots around him….Smyth, Pratt, Burke etc etc. I wouldn’t vote for the Libs unless they get their act together. And when there is talk that Tony ‘underbelly’ DeDemenico’s son may be running…it makes me get the runs!

LG LG 4:48 pm 27 Mar 08

Perhaps number of Media Releases aren’t the most ideal performance measure to apply?

Although I do recall a few people applying that test to Bob McMullan last year 😉

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