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Election Wrap – 4 October

By johnboy - 4 October 2008 76

CAP:

Roger Nicoll and James Sizer reckon they’re going to get the community to do the work for their environmental initiatives.

Labor:

Andrew Barr is promising not to take ponies from PWAD kiddies as long as the nasty Liberals are sent packing.

The Labor media release page also sports the headline “Pressure building… How long before Libs back flip on Gungahlin pool? – 3 October 2008” but the link 404s. (This has now been fixed.

Katy Gallagher is hoping to win over some support with $500,000 in industrial relations advice for NGOs.

Labor is again promising to not sully sacred football grandfinals with grubby politicking.

bd84 is up in arms about Labor leafletters close to pre-polling places.

Polling:

Paperboy sent in the following thoughts on the Canberra Times polling data which was discussed here and here. I’m rather pleased to see my own tip of 4 Greens looking good at this point (more because I like being right than for any political reason):

    The Canberra Times has published the first comprehensive opinion poll of the election campaign, and two weeks from polling day, Labor is in some trouble.

    The Patterson-Canberra Times poll (whatever happened to Datacol?) says Labor will win 6 seats, The Liberals 6 seats, The Greens 4 and one undecided.

    One of the three Ministers in Molonglo, Barr, Gallagher and Corbell is set to lose their seat.

    And Richard Mulcahy has almost no hope of being elected.

    The Greens result is about double their result in the last election.

    From the sidelines, I think the Libs would have to be happy. They’ve only made relatively minor announcements so far, so you’d imagine there are some big promises to come.

    The survey questioned 1200 residents this week by phone between between 4 and 9pm.

    The error rate is said to be up to 4.9% either way, so there’s a fair amount of room for movement. Although the Canberra Times says Patterson predicted Eden Monaro 53-47 to Labor in the Federal election, and the result came out at 54-46.

What’s Your opinion?


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Election Wrap – 4 October
PM 3:00 pm 04 Oct 08

Barr may be feeling the heat – see his green campaign sign.

HateMachine 2:59 pm 04 Oct 08

kagey said :

“One of the three Ministers in Molonglo, Barr, Gallagher and Corbell is set to lose their seat.”
Couldn’t we try for all three. Not much between Barr and Corbell in terms of arrogance. At least Gallagher does some work – just not very effect.

Fail.

kagey 2:51 pm 04 Oct 08

“One of the three Ministers in Molonglo, Barr, Gallagher and Corbell is set to lose their seat.”
Couldn’t we try for all three. Not much between Barr and Corbell in terms of arrogance. At least Gallagher does some work – just not very effect.

HateMachine 2:34 pm 04 Oct 08

Steady Eddie said :

It’s fairly obvious that the minister to lose his seat will be Andrew Barr. Apart from his unpopularity among straights, there is a push on in the gay community to put him last on the ballot paper as punishment for his role in having Black Mountain Peninsula (Homo Point) closed at night, and his refusal to reply to any letters or other representations protesting about the decision.

Wow, given that the decision was made by public servants and it’s not even his portfolio that seems a bit misguided. I also think it was the right decision given the massive amount of crime taking place at ‘homo point’.

Steady Eddie 2:22 pm 04 Oct 08

It’s fairly obvious that the minister to lose his seat will be Andrew Barr. Apart from his unpopularity among straights, there is a push on in the gay community to put him last on the ballot paper as punishment for his role in having Black Mountain Peninsula (Homo Point) closed at night, and his refusal to reply to any letters or other representations protesting about the decision.

miz 2:16 pm 04 Oct 08

I was surveyed a few weeks ago by telephone, though whether it was ‘push polling’ or a survey such as today’s I couldn’t say. (I asked who the authorising client was but an answer was not forthcoming.)

I can say, though, that I thought the questions were pretty obviously ‘directional’ in that they assumed people would vote for one of the two major parties. Several questions had no scope for answers that indicated a preference for a minor party, of which we have a plethora this time around (Greens, Pangallo, CAP, Motorists, Canberra), or any of the independents. This meant the answers were inevitably skewed.

Passy 1:46 pm 04 Oct 08

I was one of those polled. Apart from the incompetence of the interviewer (he called it a state elction at first, until I asked him which state, and couldn’t pronounce Zed Seselja’s name)it was heavily biased towards the ALP and Liberals. How so? There were a series of questions about which I preferred, Stanhope or Seselja, and then based on that answer a serious of propositions about Stanhope I could agree or ddisgree with.

I think the result is fantastic because I want to give the school closing, managerial, HowRuddistas in the conservative ACT ALP Government a kick right up that place where the sun don’t shine. I couldn’t ever stomach voting for the ALP’s alternative face of reaction, the Liberals, so it is the Greens for my vote. I have no illusions in them, but at least they understand there is a global warming crisis even if they don’t have a class analysis of society.

In fact I hope there may be a snowball effect. Those who may have been considering voting Green but wouldn’t because they thought their vote might be wasted might now re-consider and switch from the ALP to the Greens. The poll makes it clear many have already made the switch and others can do it too. The message is that it’s OK to vote Green.

One quibble. Shane Rattenbury refuses to say who he would support for Chief Minister. I suggest he put himself or one of the other Greens forward and force the ALP to grovel to them. But secondly, Shane, I am not voting Green to see you do deals with the Liberals. Go anywhere near them and you have lost me forever.

In fact, tell us before the elction who you will support. I know you won’t because you want disaffected Liberal voters (and there are heaps of them since the Libs vote is static or below 2004) to vote for you too. That’s a worry. It’s the same cross-class alliance the Democrats tried to forge. It could end in disater. You have to decide now if you are to the left of the ALP or not.

sepi 1:46 pm 04 Oct 08

Interesting that 3 of labor’s high profile ministers are possibly fighting for 2 seats.

So how will this work – will the BArr, Corbell, Gallagher race come down to their own primary votes? (I still don’t have a grip on our complicated voting system).

D-Man 1:45 pm 04 Oct 08

It says in today’s Crimes that they would join either major party.

whistle 1:44 pm 04 Oct 08

How embarrassing for Mulcahy that even Helen Cross stomps over him.

Cameron 1:43 pm 04 Oct 08

Have the Greens given any indication as to which major party they would support in forming a government?

D-Man 1:40 pm 04 Oct 08

Ah. Ok well let’s hope that Caroline le Couteur’s 11 years in a Nimbin commune relaxed her enough to cope with the stresses of a portfolio.

http://act.greens.org.au/candidates/shane-rattenbury

Thumper 1:21 pm 04 Oct 08

Ah yes, Rhodium.

I guess the ALP won’t be talking up that little fiasco much.

bryansworld 1:19 pm 04 Oct 08

And your point is? Rhodium shows the calibre of the ALP’s financial management. And I’m not sure what pearls of economic wisdom Zed may have found during his brief career as a bureaucrat in DOTARS…

D-Man 12:45 pm 04 Oct 08

What wonderful news. Emo genocide, 3 extra recycling bins per household and free range eggs as far as the eye can see. I for one hope all the greens candidates get in. What we need in these economically troubled times are the steady hand and profound economic nouse of the likes of Amanda Bresnan and James Higgins running the city.

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