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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.

Polling:

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.

Liberals:

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 http://www.canberravotes.mobi/. (Thanks to Skidbladnir for the tip)

Labor:

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.

Greens:

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.

CAP:

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
www.act.democrats.org.au
darrenchurchill.wordpress.com
darren.churchill@act.democrats.org.au
0412 196 473


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housebound 1:45 pm 17 Oct 08

School closures: P&C Council reported the statement before the last election. i believe they felt pretty let down pretty quickly.

So there’s another lie about school closures? That’s a surprise. Give me Ros Kelly and her whiteboard any day. At least she owned up to it.

Pratt and Dunne were on the tele last night – ABC I think. Haven’t seen Burke for ages.

Deadmandrinking 1:03 pm 17 Oct 08

jakez said :

Deadman: They really aren’t a single issue party, and that’s the problem. All of their policies outside of motorist related issues are spectacularly frightening.

That’s why I said single-issue. Outside motorist related issues, it’s not really policy more than brain juice out the nose. Hence the single-issue name – which is about the only policy area where they know they’ll recieve any credibility.

I mean…mandatory sentencing. Gee, that worked. The Crime rate is so low in the NT now. And the ACT really is at the rate that the NT was before mandatory sentencing. The Crimes just must be very bad at reporting this stuff. And I believe in fairies. And Mike Crowther.

Skidbladnir 12:57 pm 17 Oct 08

Thumper said :

Ah, of course, semantics…

Nail on the head right there.
Stanhope in his arguments, relies heavily on an audience’s semantic (gist) memory of events, rather than episodic (specific) memory.
He’ll only make specific reference to an event when its useful, but will otherwise speak in broad terms or weasel words.

Zed has yet again fallen into a trap of attacking Stanhope on a broad front, instead of on specifics.
Stanhope didn’t use advantage to lead the ACT Liberal Party to where it is today by attacking everywhere well, just on the specific key issues that the electorate felt strongly about.
If anyone were going to replace him, its been shown to be a valid tactic periously, so has a fair chance of working within the same political ecosystem again.

D-Man 12:33 pm 17 Oct 08

Please correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me from my (irregular) viewing of WIN news, as well as the occasional perusal of the Crimes that the neither Dunne, Pratt and Burke have had a single run in the media the entire campaign. Could this be true?

jakez 12:31 pm 17 Oct 08

Deadman: They really aren’t a single issue party, and that’s the problem. All of their policies outside of motorist related issues are spectacularly frightening.

Deadmandrinking 12:25 pm 17 Oct 08

Motorists Party – really a single issue party. I won’t be letting these idiots anywhere behind the wheels of government if I can help it.

PM 12:22 pm 17 Oct 08

johnboy said :

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

I just realised – is he accusing Katy of a broken promise?

Thumper 12:11 pm 17 Oct 08

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

Ah, of course, semantics…

justbands 12:11 pm 17 Oct 08

Andrew Barr has posted in response to my look at live music policies…

http://littlesmoke.com/newjb/?p=148

Skidbladnir 12:04 pm 17 Oct 08

You’re playing Chinese whispers, people.
Find a copy, decide for yourselves.

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.

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