Election Wrap – 18 October

johnboy 18 October 2008 7

Brightly dawns the day!

The Canberra Times is editorialising for the major parties against the Greens

Having just spent a year in Kiama where a Green coalition rules the council (and has just been returned) I can say with some assurance that it beat the arse out of the Labor councils to the north (now sacked) and the Liberal shambles to the south in Shoalhaven.

This is not to say vote Green, it’s to say the fear campaigns are ludicrous.

Jack Waterford has a more thoughtful piece on the Greens but with a dire headline.

The ABC has a place holder acknowledging that an election is taking place.

In The Australian Angela Shanahan neatly skewers much that ails the city but acknowledges the crapfulness of much of the Liberal opposition before bewailing again the fear of a Green planet.


The Canberra Times has new polling predicting a result of 8 Labor, 5 Liberals and 4 Greens. A shame it’ll be bin liner tomorrow with a far superior poll currently being conducted.

Flashing lights:

In the CT John Hargreaves continues his weird opposition to flashing lights in school zones which work so very well in NSW to indicate the zone is active without the need to consult a tide-table.


If I could link to specific ABC video items I would, as it is those who missed Stateline last night can have a look inside the homes of our leaders at the general ABC Canberra video page.


The ABC reports that Mr Stanhope is suddenly much more amenable to working with the Greens tomorrow morning. What was it he was saying about them last week?

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7 Responses to Election Wrap – 18 October
Thumper Thumper 8:14 am 20 Oct 08

I’ve been away and totally divorced from any news sources so I’m trying to catch up a bit with what went on.

Is it true that the AMP neglected to allocate preferences?

the hungry piker the hungry piker 12:08 am 20 Oct 08

barking toad said :

Greens got my 19,18,17 in Brindabella

Unfortunately that’s the worst I could do for them

the worst you could have done for them was to not preference them at all and let your vote exhaust at preferent 16th. Your vote might actually help them to get elected now if it gets to your 17th, 18th or 19th preference!

barking toad barking toad 2:55 pm 18 Oct 08

Greens got my 19,18,17 in Brindabella

Unfortunately that’s the worst I could do for them

miz miz 2:33 pm 18 Oct 08

But her article did make some good points about the increased cost of essential services in exchange for a generally more crap state of things . . .

miz miz 2:28 pm 18 Oct 08

Re Ms Shanahan: Religious right wing fundamentalists dislike greenies because they think that greenies stand for population control/eugenics and want the whales and trees to have rights on an equal footing with people.

However, I’m not sure the rel right has is ‘right’ – they like to give foetuses rights but not women, and seem to believe that God gave them dominion over the earth (to shoot, cut down and pillage it to their heart’s content). [Or is that just Americans?!]

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:01 pm 18 Oct 08

She is about as right wing as you could get. Irrational fear of the unknown.

ant ant 12:06 pm 18 Oct 08

What is Angela Shanahan’s problem with the Greens? I’m guessing their reluctance to throw taxpayers’ money at “families”.

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