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Election Wrap – 12 September

By johnboy - 12 September 2008 29

General:

At last! We’re in caretaker mode!

Liberals:

The Canberra Times says Zed’s made up another policy (i.e. it’s not actually available on his website but he’s talking about it) this time to get five hundred lucky older Canberrans $1,000 of free dental work. Raffle it off at the Tradies every Tuesday night?

Zed’s now put out a media release outlining his “Agenda for the Ageing”.

AMP:

The Motorist Party has announced some policies:

Flashing lights for school zones (works VERY well in NSW)

Traffic infringement revenue to be spent on road safety and driver education.

Greens:

Shane Rattenbury is calling for a solar test to be applied to all new developments, insuring they take advantage of passive solar techniques.

What’s Your opinion?


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29 Responses to
Election Wrap – 12 September
jakez 1:15 pm 12 Sep 08

MrMagoo said :

The Motorist Party making promises, I only thought they wanted a Dragway and nothing else. Or is that the revenue from traffic infringements going to worthy road projects ie. Dragway.

Are you trying to have a go at them or did you actually believe they were only interested in a dragway?

From the outset they have flagged these types of issues. I have no problem with a dragway per se (I’d prefer it to be privately funded of course), or setting up a system of specifying revenue. It’s the things that they don’t have policies on that concern me. Approaching issues with ‘integrity, fairness, blah blah’ is essentially meaningless and I can’t get behind an unknown horse.

MrMagoo 1:03 pm 12 Sep 08

The Motorist Party making promises, I only thought they wanted a Dragway and nothing else. Or is that the revenue from traffic infringements going to worthy road projects ie. Dragway.

verbalkint 12:41 pm 12 Sep 08

ALso, without wishing to be unfair to JR, or his fancy new website (and it does look great) the number of comments on his site (1) is somewhat less than the comments on this website.

So clearly, people seem to prefer their news with a bit of opinion thrown in.

That said, the canberra votes site looks great and will hopefully have a good future!

Aurelius 12:38 pm 12 Sep 08

Given that Mr Reynolds has done it, he can be called many things but ‘hypocrite’ doesn’t appear to be one of them.

Jonathon Reynolds 12:19 pm 12 Sep 08

Skidbladnir said :

c) Do both.

Funny thing is I try and keep my/the http://CanberraVotes.com site relatively unbiased.
I come here to comment and actually be biased myself – or is that more technically referred to as just “expressing an opinion”.

Skidbladnir 12:07 pm 12 Sep 08

c) Do both.

Jonathon Reynolds did…

Jonathon Reynolds 11:51 am 12 Sep 08

someoneincanb said :

JB please, please, please could you hand the daily Election Wrap over to another person who could report the facts without political bias?

Why? Because you don’t like his bias? If you wan’t generally unbiased news go read articles on the BBC World Service website – though I can almost guarantee that you’ll find very little ACT election content there.

someoneincanb said :

… this is not unique to ACT Liberal. It is an opinion that belongs in the comments, not in your daily coverage of the political scene.

Oh it makes sense now… you don’t like it if JB should say anything mildly anti-Liberal. (I wonder if this applies should he say anything that is offensive to Labor, Greens or supporters of any other political party/persuation)

Simple solution:
If you don’t like what JB has to say you have two options – (a) don’t read it or (b) establish your own site where you can say what you like.

Loquaciousness 11:43 am 12 Sep 08

neanderthalsis said :

Loq, by saying that they all suck. Unbiased, opinionated…

Hmm … opinionated yes, but not exactly unbiased. The bias doesn’t have to be against one candidate or another, it can be against all candidates equally – it’s still bias. But it’s outside of the scope of this article, I think 😉

Mind you, I have to agree with the sentiment, anyway!

L

justbands 11:36 am 12 Sep 08

> JB please, please, please could you hand the daily Election Wrap over to another person who could report the facts without political bias?

Funny, I’ve always thought JB displays his political bias the other way around from what you are accusing him of. Could this mean that he actually has been giving us unbiased reporting?

neanderthalsis 11:24 am 12 Sep 08

Loq, by saying that they all suck. Unbiased, opinionated…

Loquaciousness 10:56 am 12 Sep 08

caf said :

You can be unbiased and opionated at the same time.

Errr … how? Exactly?

L

caf 10:50 am 12 Sep 08

It seems to me that johnboy’s snark is delivered quite even-handedly. I for one am quite happy to have opinion delivered with the news – I don’t want the same anodyne reportage found elsewhere in an attempt to be unbiased. You can be unbiased and opionated at the same time.

someoneincanb 10:18 am 12 Sep 08

JB please, please, please could you hand the daily Election Wrap over to another person who could report the facts without political bias?

I don’t disagree with your annoyance over policies that are not in writing, but I can guarantee you I am not the only one in the ACT who has found it damn near impossible to get ACT Labor and the Legislative Assembly to provide policies/plans/legislation in writing at times – this is not unique to ACT Liberal. It is an opinion that belongs in the comments, not in your daily coverage of the political scene.

Gungahlin Al 9:31 am 12 Sep 08

So Katy signed a $30M contract to redevelop closed school sites the day before caretaker?
Stunning…

No matter what one’s thoughts on the issue, a number of the likely players in an incoming governmetn have indicated a shift or possible part reversal. What moral right does the outgoing government have to lock in a decision that might otherwise be reversed?

It is akin to the way Nick Minchin signed the contract for the new DEST headquarters building on Marcus Clarke just days before federal caretaker. And what happened there? DEST was part gutted, part rolled into DEWR. The outcome was that the locked in building will be nowhere near big enough to house the entire Civic staff, let alone everyone stuck out at BBP or those at Woden.

jakez 9:30 am 12 Sep 08

According to the story the Libs policy will be divvied out on a waiting list system based on priority cases.

Personally, I think I like johnboy’s method.

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