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Election Wrap – 17 October

By johnboy - 17 October 2008 62

Right to Life:

Yesterday RiotACT contacted Right to Life offering to run their ad in the Canberra Times for free in order to inform our readers as to which candidates have been judged to have the best anti-abortion credentials.

We still await a reply from them. However we found a copy of the ad in the pub last night so I can inform you that the Right to Life endorsed candidates are:

    James Sizer (CAP)
    Steve Doszpot (Liberal)
    Jane Tullis (CAP)
    Andrea Tokaji (Liberal)
    Richard Mulcahy (Canberra Party)
    Tony Farrell (Independent)
    Frank Pangallo (Pangallo Independents)
    Phil Thompson (Pangallo Independents)

Make of that what you will.


The Canberra Times has polling showing Zed’s popularity has slid with the big Z preferred as Chief Minister by 36% (down 4) compared to Stanhope on 43% (up one).

It’s nearly over:

The ABC has a quick recap of the leader’s radio debate and some handy hints for voting.


A lot of you have the hump with Zed’s phone bank message to you last night. Listening to Zed on 666 this morning he thinks it’s great and the complainers need to harden up.

Reports from the field indicate Zed is now SMS spamming in a weird attempt to make friends. The spam directs voters to the somewhat misleadingly named (Thanks to Skidbladnir for the tip)


Katy Gallagher reckons there are missing millions in the Liberal health budget.

Simon Corbell is concerned that the Liberals appear to be promising to slash anti-terror resources.

Andrew Barr is lamenting the future of education should the public be foolish enough to vote Liberal.

Jon Stanhope is promising to “encourage” Fibre-to-Home broadband in new developments.

Katy Gallagher thinks micro-credit for ACT women is a good idea. Ten micro credit loans a year… wow.

The Canberra Times is very impressed by the leaderly way Jon Stanhope addressed the Press Club yesterday.

Jon Stanhope says he will realise the long cherished dream of turning Canberra into “the solar capital of Australia”.

The following snippet ran in Crikey today:

    “In a rare move, Federal MP Bob McMullan has personally intervened in the ACT election, writing to Ginninderra residents to ask them to give their first preference to Chris Bourke. Bourke, a dentist and successful small businessman from an indigenous background, is the sort of real-world candidate desperately needed by Labor, which is becoming so in-bred it’s in danger of developing a Hapsburg chin. But because he is factionally non-aligned, he faces an uphill task against hacks like Adina Cirson, whose background consists only of union and ministerial staffing work, but who have the resources of the factions behind them to generate publicity and exploit the resources of government. McMullan is also non-aligned, as is Chief Minister Jon Stanhope.”

Motorists Party:

One Nation on Wheels has promised the Canberra Times that they’ll be “taking a hard line” on Laura Norder with compulsory prison sentences for everything down to assault and any conviction for illict drug use.


Shane Rattenbury has been complaining to the ABC that every party’s pretending to be green.

Shane’s also told the ABC that he’s still open to forming Government with the Liberals if they put the right package on the table.

The Green hive mind has issued a statement promising a brave new world if only we voters get behind them.


James Sizer reckons CAP’s the alternative.

Owen Saddler has sent in some pictures of what he alleges are a sign thief, as well as what he claims is this election’s smallest flyer.

Field Notes:

Darren Churchill says:

    As the elected member for GINNINDERRA I will:
  • balance economic policy with social and environmental considerations. Good economic management is about getting the balance right. It’s a “triple bottom line;”
  • bring a “balance of responsibility” to the Assembly
  • vote with my conscience on all issues;
  • act to implement neighbourhood consultation groups;
  • maintain the traditional Democrats principle of supporting legislation that is fair and equitable and seek to amend and make fairer that which is not (sensible negotiation);
  • support social spending programmes for affordable housing and quality public transport
  • ensure that whichever party forms the government, they are held accountable for their actions;
  • support industries that create jobs and are kind to the environment,
  • encourage sensible use and management of urban water;
  • encourage and support environmentally sustainable practices in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Keep the Bastards Honest!

Darren Churchill
President, ACT Democrats
Candidate for Ginninderra
0412 196 473

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62 Responses to
Election Wrap – 17 October
PM 12:04 pm 17 Oct 08

“You are kidding, aren’t you?”

There isn’t a transcript yet (if one will be produced at all), but I hope others who listened to it can back me up.

Stanhope was basically telling Zed to prove he had made such a promise. Zed referred to both a party spokeperson and Katy Gallagher being quoted in the Crimes and Stanhope said that wasn’t him. That’s more or less how it went; happy for it to be elaborated upon.

johnboy 12:03 pm 17 Oct 08

My understanding is he said that stuff Katy might have promised wasn’t binding on him.

amarooresident 12:02 pm 17 Oct 08

don’t think he did – just didn’t say they might close schools.

Thumper 11:58 am 17 Oct 08

This morning he was also saying that he didn’t promise no school closures prior to the last election

You are kidding, aren’t you?

PM 11:52 am 17 Oct 08

I think he said something like how it was part of an advertising package presented to
Labor. Presumably the package would have also included traditional advertising.

“he has an amazing history of not getting called out on equivocations”

True! This morning he was also saying that he didn’t promise no school closures prior to the last election (even though his government said it).

Skidbladnir 11:49 am 17 Oct 08

PM said :

the stick-on ad the other day, stating it was the Crimes’ idea…

I would be _very_ insterested to read his phrasing of that one, as its an on-the-record statement from their Party Leader, and he has an amazing history of not getting called out on equivocations.

caf 11:47 am 17 Oct 08

Perhaps the focus on Labor, Liberal and Greens policies is because those parties managed to get candidates elected at the previous election?

PM 11:41 am 17 Oct 08

amarooresident said :

I’m not one to defend the CT, as I think it has gone down hill in recent years

Not suprisingly, Stanhope was on 666 this morning claiming it was the best newspaper in the country! This was in the same breath as not claiming responsibility for the stick-on ad the other day, stating it was the Crimes’ idea…

amarooresident 11:31 am 17 Oct 08

I’m not one to defend the CT, as I think it has gone down hill in recent years but they do have limited space in the print addition and have to make a judgement call about what they cover and the main game is obviously the major parties and the greens.

What has disappointed me is that this election was an ideal opportunity for the CT to ramp up their online election coverage which they could have used to cover all the parties running as well as build their online presence. That their site continues to be so shitty in such an IT literate town astounds me.

ant 11:25 am 17 Oct 08

It is good to highlight this issue. I’m astounded by the numbers of figures in public life who hold “pro-life” (forced birth) views, but don’t have teh courage to admit to them unless pushed. If they know that their views are unpopular with so many, why do they seek to sneak into public office and apply them in law-making? it is very dishonest. It’s also slightly weird.

amarooresident 11:21 am 17 Oct 08

Hey jakez,

Make sure you keep us all informed on your supposed termination with extreme prejudice from the Libs. Would love to see it played live on these pages.

Fight the Power man!

justbands 11:19 am 17 Oct 08

Just Bands has had a quick look at candidates policies as they relate to live music…

Thumper 11:12 am 17 Oct 08

miz has made a very good point there.

johnboy 10:53 am 17 Oct 08

I’m glad someone’s liked them Miz.

jakez 10:51 am 17 Oct 08

BarryF said :

Hey Jakez – can you feel that hot breath on the back of your neck, it’s going to be Steven Doyle (Zed’s Chief of Staff) about to punch your lights out. He was apparantly overheard in campaign head quarters saying, when this election is over I’ll crack open jakez head.

Nothing to worry about, cause you probably won’t see it coming.

So are you going to post this in every thread I post in?

Stalked and threatened and it’s not even 11am. Today is going to be a good day.

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