Election Wrap – 28 September

johnboy 28 September 2008 6

The political webmasters appear to have taken the grand final weekend off, but there’s still a bit of news trickling out.


The CT informs us that if elected to the Assembly Darren Churchill would like to do more for playing fields and some sort of motor sport facility.


The CT is still carrying on as if the contamination of the Belconnen Naval Station is news. 10 years ago anyone who cared knew it was rife with PCBs. But there’s an election on so Jon Stanhope is suggesting that he’d quite like to buy up some of the land for a wilderness reserve to preserve the spotted newts and sun moths. On this issue the Greens would like to know if the deadly waste is on the move.


Shane Rattenbury has told the CT he’d like to see a car sharing scheme a bit like a more flexible hire car industry. [Just an idea, somewhat on a tangent, but a Government website showing rides available in a car pooling scheme and keeping an index of reputation would be brave, but incredibly useful (also would drive the taxi industry round the twist – serves them right)]


The plum voiced Jeremy Hanson has shown the CT his war medals and given them a nice picture in uniform.

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6 Responses to Election Wrap – 28 September
Jonathon Reynolds Jonathon Reynolds 11:40 am 28 Sep 08

Strange but true… The Kangaroo Cull protesters brought up the issues about the contaminated land months ago:


See what Bernard Brennan had to see regarding this matter at 6min 20sec onwards within the video.

RuffnReady RuffnReady 1:17 pm 28 Sep 08

As I’ve said a number of times on this site already, a raft of initiatives to encourage commuter car pooling, combined with changes to the structure of parking fees in the town centres, would be an extremely cost-effective environmental initiative. A car with two people in it generates about the same carbon output as if those people took public transport. IMHO, car pooling makes more sense than spending hundreds of millions of dollars on new infrastructure, but it will take a change in people’s attitides, and incentives, to make it work.

Passy Passy 10:30 pm 28 Sep 08

The Canberra Times is holding three forums on the election.

The first is the two “independents” Pangallo and Mulcahy. The second is with the Labor and Liberal Deputy leaders and the third with Stanhope and Seselja.

The Greens are not there at all, although they have one member (unlike Pangallo, or Community Action, and Mulcahy is only there as a former Lib). The Greens could well win another seat in this election and in any event may hold the balance of power.

Why aren’t the Grren invited to the CT election forums give they are clearly the third force in ACT politics? If Pangallo or Mulcahy get elected I’d think about walking naked through the Fyshwick Pravda.

Thumper Thumper 8:43 am 29 Sep 08

I’m quite receptive to the old Navy base site being used as a nature reserve.

In fact I think it’s a bloody good idea.

Interestingly Bob Browne had a good whinge about the site, as if he really cared…

caf caf 9:08 am 29 Sep 08

Bob Brown seems to be playing in ACT politics a bit lately – he’s also putting up a bill in the Senate to enforce a flight curfew on Canberra Airport.

Thumper Thumper 9:10 am 29 Sep 08

Mr Browne stepping in to do some campaigning for lesser known candidates now that Ms Foskey is gone?

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