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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
astrojax 2:12 pm 17 Oct 08

For a christian he is a very nasty vindictive man.

for a christian, this would be about par for the course, no? but then, you just don’t expect the spanish inquisition, do you…

separation of state and church has a solid foundation.

housebound 2:10 pm 17 Oct 08

You’ve got to take out school closures votes – all 65 of them (or so I was told). That would leave the Greens voting more with Labor once that single-issue is taken out.

Oddly enough, opposing school closures would usually have been on Labor’s side, but who said this was a Labor Party anymore? I’ll vote Labor when there is one.

Deadmandrinking 1:50 pm 17 Oct 08

I think that was probably the liberals being in opposition factor…which means their going to automatically vote against labor a lot of the time. The numbers would probably be opposite if the liberals had been in government then.

Of course the greens are traditionally going to be closer to labor than liberal…but there’s still enough differences to keep labor in check.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:46 pm 17 Oct 08

Points out, even.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:46 pm 17 Oct 08

An interesting tidbit in the City News (yes, I’m bored):

Dianne Anderson asks voters not to vote for the Greens because they “have shown themselves to be more aligned to Labor than Liberal policies.” Immediately above is a letter from Deb Foskey who pointing out that over three years as the lone crossbench MLA she voted with Labor 101 times and with the Liberals 116 times, voting 13 times alone (whatever that means – a “you can all get stuffed” vote?)

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…

Skidbladnir 12:04 pm 17 Oct 08

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

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