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Election Wrap – 16 October

By johnboy - 16 October 2008 32

Masthead for sale?

Today’s Canberra Times masthead is adorned by a luvverly ALP campaign sticker.

“Authorised by” gumpf on the reverse?

So who looks more desperate?

And is this going a bit far for an ad sale in a vehicle which aspires to be the paper of record?

The ABC has a bit in which editor Peter Fray defends his decision.

The Canberra Times has now added an attempt to explain themselves to their website.

Conservation:

The conservation council have released their environmental scorecard.

Your say on crumpet:

IMHO the most attractive candidate standing for the 2008 election is:

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Labor:

The Canberra Times carries Labor denials that they’ll bring in pay parking in Mawson. (You think you’re across the issues and something else comes up)

The Chief Minister’s office has pushed out a release listing all the beloved things the cruel Liberals would cut.

The ABC bears Labor promises of more environmental motherhood statements.

In case you didn’t get the message Jon Stanhope is again asking how spending can be slashed without job cuts.

John Hargreaves is also horrified by the thought of cuts to his beloved Municipal services.

But the clincher of this argument is probably: LIBERALS TARGET CONSTABLE KENNY KOALA

Greens:

In the CT the Greens are being coy about what they’d do with a balance of power. Wait and see what gets offered would be my advice too.

Liberals:

The CPSU has been bleating to the ABC about the potential apocalypse of Liberal spending cuts on the ACT Public Service.

Zed’s been telling the CT that he can slash spending without reducing jobs. By having public servants sitting around idle perhaps? Brilliant! Slash the jobs you wimp.

CAP:

CAP is trumpeting a “Community Contract wherein they promise to deliver what they think you want.

Norvan Vogt is promising to abolish stamp duty for first home buyers. Have you heard that song before?

Field Notes:

Az writes:

    After Labor’s federal victory I waited for a legal inquiry into the Iraq invasion.  Legal boffins around the country had publicly expressed grave concerns and I thought a change of government might shine some light onto all that muckiness.  But nothing happened.  They didn’t want the findings I guess.

    Now I see some ex-US military officer running as a local candidate and I can’t help feeling like the SS just came to town and are asking for my vote.

    I loath the Americans and wish they’d just implode.  I don’t like Australia being a lickspittle 🙁  I wish it was a proud, self-believing country that didn’t need an imperial overlord. Go away Mike Hettinger.  Your accent makes me angry.

Dante opined:

    I’ve just seen a TV ad claiming that the Australian Motorists Party will provide ‘a cleaner environment’ as a result of their policies that would improve Canberra’s roads and reduce congestion… this was spoken and written on screen.

    All I can find on their website relating to ‘green’ policies:

    * The AMP will eliminate registration fees (not 3rd party insurance) for any non fossil fuel powered vehicle

    * The AMP will reduce the current registration fee by 50% for any hybrid vehicle

    * The AMP will implement programs to encourage more extensive use of LPG and Natural Gas in motor vehicles

    * The AMP will encourage the wider use of ethanol based fuels at these are more friendly to the environment

    As of yet, there is no such thing as a mass produced commercially available vehicle that doesn’t run on fossil fuels. Nice idea for 10 years time perhaps. All other policies still relate to emission-causing combustion..

    Is it just my mind that tries to jump out of my head and strangle myself at this ridiculous juxtaposition?

Hippo suggested:

    I know the election is nearly done and gone (hallelujah to no more campaign adds)… but I just have to throw in my two cents worth….Amongst the 20 different Labor ads (how much did all these cost?) bombarding my precious TV time there is one that says it all for me when it comes to how I’ll vote this weekend. A beautiful, well polished, obviously expensive add, showing our illustrious leader, Mr Stanhope, and his faithful second in command, Katy. This add flashes through the pair, firstly with some teachers and students at some kind of school event. Then with medical professionals – possibly hard working nurses and a well cared for patient. Next we have the duo consulting with someone in a hard hat and reflective vest on some kind of building site (possibly a new home)… and so this add goes on. But where it really hits home is that in SEVEN years in office, Jon and Katy were not able to source a single file photo to portray these actions, and had to stage every single one of them for this slick bit of media folly. Katy and Jon are in the same clothes in each shot, and low and behold, it’s the same clothes they’re wearing in the final shot of the ‘Labor team’ backed by the lake.

    Sorry Jon, you’ve lost credibility. Even the ‘serious Katy’ adds reflecting on the Liberal’s campaign aren’t going to win me back.

    Cheers to the Community Alliance Party – a voice of reason above the babble of chaos.

What’s Your opinion?


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Election Wrap – 16 October
politikos 1:05 pm 16 Oct 08

johnboy said :

The Liberals will find it easier to offer deputy CM to the Greens than Labor will.

I think you’re right, but what an unholy alliance! Bizarre.

New Yeah 1:03 pm 16 Oct 08

No Az, you go away. Your post makes me want to chunder.

I imagine that the good folk of a ‘self-believing country’ could actually deal with people who spoke with different accents.

areaman 12:33 pm 16 Oct 08

It’s not going to go down that way. The Greens appear to be able to count on at least 3 seats (one in each electorate). The remaining 4 seats in each of Brindabella and Ginninderra should split 2 ALP / 2 Liberal, and they can each be sure of at least 2 seats in Molonglo too. That adds up to 6 ALP / 6 Liberal / 3 Green with 2 seats remaining (both in Molonglo) which could go 1 each to any of Green, CAP, ALP or Liberal (in descending order of likelihood).

The polling hasn’t shown CAP being a force anywhere, if anyone not from the big 3 it looked more like Pangello or Mulcahy.

Dante 12:20 pm 16 Oct 08

Quote jb: “The Liberals will find it easier to offer deputy CM to the Greens than Labor will.”

Good point, thanks for that timely reminder… those pieces in the local rags about Katy being gifted the Chief Minister’s role in the future were enough to make me formulate a plan of escape from Canberra once the handoff took place.

If her performance with Canberra’s health system is anything to go by, there’s no way I want to give her the reins.

Skidbladnir 12:17 pm 16 Oct 08

The difference is U!

(Drive N TXT U B Next)

Thumper 12:13 pm 16 Oct 08

ex-US military officer running as a local candidate and I can’t help feeling like the SS just came to town

Well, it shows the educational level of the writer if they can equate US forces with the SS.

Granny 12:04 pm 16 Oct 08

Yeah, that sucks.

caf 11:47 am 16 Oct 08

Oh, and I think Az’s spray is pretty disgusting. Tarring someone because of the country they’re from is akin to racism in my book (and I am certainly no supporter of the Iraq war, or US foreign policy in general).

caf 11:43 am 16 Oct 08

It’s not going to go down that way. The Greens appear to be able to count on at least 3 seats (one in each electorate). The remaining 4 seats in each of Brindabella and Ginninderra should split 2 ALP / 2 Liberal, and they can each be sure of at least 2 seats in Molonglo too. That adds up to 6 ALP / 6 Liberal / 3 Green with 2 seats remaining (both in Molonglo) which could go 1 each to any of Green, CAP, ALP or Liberal (in descending order of likelihood).

deezagood 11:36 am 16 Oct 08

On 666 this morning, Ross was teasing Andrew barr about his new nickname … ‘Crumpet’!

jimbocool 11:22 am 16 Oct 08

It’s a bit friggin’ rich Labor complaining about job cuts – weren’t they the ones that cut 700 jobs a couple years ago – around the same time they were shutting schools IIRC. And all to save a budget that wasn’t in bad shape once everyone had taken a deep breath.

At least the Libs are kinda upfront – cutting programs means cutting jobs.
I also think there has been a smell of desperation in Labor advertising, but while the Libs might offer DCM to the Greens, I don’t think they’d take it.

Still if it turned out 8 Lib, 7 Labor and two greens I think the Libs would have a strong argument for forming government.

Gungahlin Al 11:09 am 16 Oct 08

“Despite Katy’s TV advert complaining about a Liberal attach ad, I’m finding the Labor advertising is far more negative.”

Said my significant other last night after an uninterrupted string of election ads on the tube last night: “If I see that bloody Katy ad one more time, she’s going to the absolute last place on my ballot!”

Three more ads later and you guessed it – Katy reading from her teleprompter.

Meanwhile, I can’t help but wonder how much damage the Libs’ possible bargaining position with the Greens (and their potential preference flow) is suffering at the hands of Gary Humphries’ insufferable newspaper ads and chat radio opining trying to demonise the Greens. Thanks Gary – think you’ve helped gain the Greens a new member.

johnboy 11:02 am 16 Oct 08

The Liberals will find it easier to offer deputy CM to the Greens than Labor will.

Arty 10:35 am 16 Oct 08

How much did labor spend getting a sticker put on the front of todays Canberra Times? Maybe it is Labor that is looking a little desperate.

LG 10:34 am 16 Oct 08

Despite Katy’s TV advert complaining about a Liberal attach ad, I’m finding the Labor advertising is far more negative.

And as if we don’t know who the Greens would vote for if they had the balance of power.

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