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Election Wrap – 7 October

By johnboy - 7 October 2008 42

Polling:

A reader’s been in touch with a story about the Patterson pollsters asking to speak to the youngest voter in the house. Make of that what you will.

The CT reports that according to that polling Jon Stanhope is the preferred CM of green voters.

Deputy Debate:

The CT wants us to know that their deputy’s debate is on at 12.30 today at the Legislative Assembly.

CAP:

Val Jeffery’s been having a rant to the Canberra Times. He’s discovered that unattended roadside signage suffers from attrition and is outraged that such “scumbags” would attack the fundamentals of democracy as represented by his signage. He’s also frightened of Greens.

Dr. Alvin Hopper has some suggestions for making appointments to the judiciary more transparents and giving the courts more discretion in the spending of their funding. He’s also proposing a volunteer community body to make helpful suggestions about law reform.

James Sizer is demanding an end to taxpayer funded cars and petrol for our elected leaders.

Roger Nicoll is accusing the Greens of pinching his planning policy.

Labor:

How dare you idiots think me arrogant? The Canberra Times has Jon Stanhope’s reaction to poll numbers labelling him arrogant. It’s down to our pygmy intellects failing to appreciate his greatness really.

Simon Corbell is promising to establish Suburban Policing Consultative Committees to give residents a “direct say” in their policing. Hilarity to ensue…

Andrew Barr is upping his bid for Gungahlin votes with the promise of a new enclosed oval to go with the swimming pool.

John Hargreaves was too busy at a multiculti function to grace the pedal power forum, but he wants you to know he loves cyclists. Really.

Greens:

Shane Rattenbury is promising to re-establish a “neighbourhood planning process” as part of the Greens policy on urban planning.

Mulcahy Canberra Party:

Richard has announced a health policy. More nurse practitioners and a desire to lose the tag as the most expensive place in Australia to treat patients.

Liberals:

Vicki Dunne is having a go over allegations of toxic waste being dumped in Canberra landfills.

The much discussed Liberal Indigenous policy is now public.

Zed and Steve’s plan for a more cycle friendly Canberra has made it online in time for tonight’s Pedal Power forum.

The Liberals might not be arsed to answer your questions in the candidate questionaire. But they have told the ABC that they’re not going to keep blowing 1% of the capital works budget on public art. And they’ll consult on any public art.

What’s Your opinion?


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Election Wrap – 7 October
Jonathon Reynolds 1:15 pm 07 Oct 08

Corflutes if purchased in bulk (100+) should not cost more than $10-$12/each (they can be purchased for less on a large print run)… remember it always makes a good media coverage to have a good whinge that someone is doing something nasty to you when you are campaigning.

At the Woden Valley Community Council candidate meeting last week and David Matthews had mentioned that a large number of his coreflutes had been physically slashed in half. Haven’t seen that hit the media yet… sounds far more sinister.

I wonder if the Young Liberals flying squad have anything to do with these incidents… suspicious that no Liberal corflutes are going missing or being damaged.

captainwhorebags 1:12 pm 07 Oct 08

MrMagoo: I am in no way surprised at the general apathy for the whole process.

There’s little to differentiate the parties in any meaningful way, constant sniping by single issue groups (be it school closures, dragway, power plant) and years of lacklustre government that only looks good in comparison to the opposition.

It’s a bit like the tagline from AvP: Whoever wins, we lose.

Also, on a side observation, I do think that a lot of people in this town voted for Chairman Kevin, hoping for a big change from the previous federal government. So far I’m disappointed and perhaps a few others are too. That disappointment can easily become apathy towards the political process.

Thumper 1:10 pm 07 Oct 08

3. general apathy for the whole process

Without doubt

jakez 1:07 pm 07 Oct 08

Cameron said :

I’ve little doubt there are those that when presented with a ballot paper think “I saw that guy on a roadsign.” *writes number 1 in the box* – but surely the majority of people are basing their decision on something more worthwhile than signs?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, you are a funny guy Cameron.

…that was a joke right?

emmy-lou 1:06 pm 07 Oct 08

Oh, and the ‘scumbags’ missed some. I still see his “weather-beaten face” on my way home. And I’m not sure where his 100 were placed. I’ve only ever seen maybe 10 of them.

I agree tom-tom, $3000 does seem a bit excessive. And they weren’t even that nice.

Jonathon Reynolds 1:01 pm 07 Oct 08

Andrew Barr is upping his bid for Gungahlin votes with the promise of a new enclosed oval to go with the swimming pool.

Sorry Andrew, hollow promises without a dollar figure (even indicative) and dates for completion of the facility just don’t cut it with the Gungahlin community any more.

Next time get Mr. Kindermann to write a beter media release for you with some actual detail instead of “fluff” announcements.

MrMagoo 12:53 pm 07 Oct 08

Maybe Rioters are a different breed, but did anyone else see the piece on the Election in the CT on Sunday and some vox pops with people about the forthcoming poll. I was amazed at the apparent lack of 1. understanding that there was an election coming up (one woman who seemed oblivious) 2. lack of the electorates grasp of the current issues, 3. general apathy for the whole process.

Mind you they will be the same people to line first and complain about a new government not giving them what they want.

tom-tom 12:51 pm 07 Oct 08

$3000 for 100 signs! who does Mr jeffery’s think he’s kidding? unless his signs had gold plating 100 signs and stakes would be worth 400-500 tops…. I’m pretty doubtful that he lost a hundred of them aswell, thats an awful lot to disappear with out someone being caught pinching them. Perhaps Val just wanted to get in the paper?

Cameron 12:37 pm 07 Oct 08

I question the value of the signs anyway. Most of the time it’s difficult to determine who it is on the sign until you’ve driven past it a few times (this assumes you’re concentrating on, you know, the road). Once you do know who it is, does seeing their sign on the side of the road really sway your vote?

I’ve little doubt there are those that when presented with a ballot paper think “I saw that guy on a roadsign.” *writes number 1 in the box* – but surely the majority of people are basing their decision on something more worthwhile than signs?

Perhaps if he’d spent the $3000 on something more effective – even a quick ad buy – he wouldn’t have run the risk of having it stolen.

emmy-lou 12:05 pm 07 Oct 08

I very much doubt that it’s other candidates or anyone affiliated with them swiping Val’s signs. It’ll just be kids doing it for a laugh. It’s just the risk you take when you put something in a public place and don’t bolt it down. Bad luck, Val.

peterh 10:56 am 07 Oct 08

bubzie said :

there’s one guy in my english class who’s 18th birthday is ON the same day as the election..guess that’d make him the youngest?

happy birthday… now you can vote.

Primal 10:55 am 07 Oct 08

Perhaps there were some Greens who wouldn’t get off Val’s lawn once.

bubzie 10:24 am 07 Oct 08

there’s one guy in my english class who’s 18th birthday is ON the same day as the election..guess that’d make him the youngest?

peterh 10:08 am 07 Oct 08

funny thing, as my car has vic plates, the people on the side of the road don’t wave at me – maybe they think I won’t be voting…..

jakez 9:52 am 07 Oct 08

I was polled about a year ago as the ‘youngest voter in the house’. I figure it’s either a demographic specific study, or a tool to get the demographic sample of a poll in line with the population.

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