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Election Wrap – 8 October

By johnboy 8 October 2008 39

Animal welfare:

The RSPCA has released the results of their candidate canvassing on animal welfare issues.

Mike silenced:

The Canberra Times reports that Labor’s rocket scientist, Mike Hettinger, has had his election funds frozen (including Mike’s own money that he’d kicked in). Clever ploy to enhance Mike’s maverick status?

Posters:

Word reaches us:

    “There’s a points system going for people souveniring election corflutes. bonus points for entire party sets”

Pre-polling:

The ABC reports that 4,000 votes have been cast so far in pre-election polling.

Deputy’s debate:

The CT has a story on Katy crying foul about negative Liberal advertising during an otherwise uneventful Deputy Leader’s debate.

Community Policing:

The ABC brings word of angst in the Neighbourhood Watch groups that haven’t given up yet. They’re astonished to hear of Simon Corbell’s plan to duplicate their functions with “community policing committees”.

Labor:

The Canberra Times has a piece on Labor plans to turn Gungahlin into the Paris of the Antipodes.

Simon Corbell is trying to calm angry Neighborhood Watches with $20,000.

John Hargreaves is offering Tuggeranong an outdoor stage and some arts grants in exchange for their votes.

Katy Gallagher has stepped out on her own to announce an extra “$53.1 million which will provide expanded community based mental health services, more staff for our new suite of facilities and a Charter of Rights for Mental Health Consumers.”

Liberals:

The Canberra Times is having a look at the Liberal Party’s pathetic inability to produce key policy documents a week and a half before the election. Zed says they’re coming when they’re ready. By which I suspect he means when they’re finished and there’s not enough time for anyone to understand them before they have to vote.

Greens:

The ABC’s been told that the Greens want to give more support to small business, particularly shielding them from the burgeoning mega developments. The Green media release is now online.

Mulcahy Canberra Party:

Richard Mulcahy is advocating a Parisienne style cycle rental scheme.

What’s Your opinion?


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tom-tom 12:49 am 09 Oct 08

i mean the sandwiches,lollies and water and so on volunteers get to make standing on a both all day somewhat less horrible, my point is that there’d sweet FA money left now anyway; and no bills would be left unpaid. storm and a teacup anybody.

ns 12:36 am 09 Oct 08

What volunteers’ lunch? How do I get my hands on this mythical volunteers’ lunch? It doesn’t exist and now that I think about it, it does make me feel a bit cranky. Even Lifeline gave me lunch and it’s a charity!

tom-tom 11:54 pm 08 Oct 08

there isn’t one cranky; thats why they haven’t done that.

at this stage all that would be left out of campaign funds would be a little bit to pay for volunteers lunch on election day, suppliers and advertisers would have been paid months back.

Bungle 11:10 pm 08 Oct 08

Has anyone else got the Labor DVD in the mail? Has anyone actually watched it?

jake555 10:48 pm 08 Oct 08

Just had a look at the LDP answers on the rspca page (see top of post for link, and then bottom of ldp document) – can anyone tell me where the seat of ‘monaro’ is? Am I mistaken or does McAlary not know where he is?

hobbyhorse1 8:59 pm 08 Oct 08

Funny that Labor are attacking the Libs on unity using news that is over a year old while they are publicly brawling with a candidate who is clearly distancing himself as far from the Labor brand as he can while not being kicked out of the party.

Not a fan of the Labor machine but I can see why they are not so keen on a candidate who did all he could to block the GDE…

cranky 8:48 pm 08 Oct 08

Um, if the bills have been paid, what is the point of threatening NOT to pay his bills?

tom-tom 8:42 pm 08 Oct 08

pretty sure they would have already been paid mate

cranky 8:29 pm 08 Oct 08

So the Labor Party has decided to withold funding for Hettinger’s campaign.

Little thought appears to have been given to those Canberra businesses which hava already supplied services to Hettinger’s campaign. The TV, radio, signwriters, corflute suppliers, who provided services, but are now apparently whistling in the wind to get paid for these services.

Hey Labor!

Why are local businesses made to suffer for your internal bickering?

Times are tough enough!

Pay your suppliers!

politikos 5:41 pm 08 Oct 08

Granny said :

So basically politikos and “SwingingVoter” are happy to have “anti-abortion catholics” in power, as long as they’re male ….

Not sure how you made that deduction, Granny! I usually vote Liberal, but I don’t think I’ll be voting for them this election, male or female. Where I come from (Victoria), they actually have some credentials, but this lot are a joke.

Granny 5:27 pm 08 Oct 08

So basically politikos and “SwingingVoter” are happy to have “anti-abortion catholics” in power, as long as they’re male ….

politikos 4:42 pm 08 Oct 08

SwingingVoter said :

S4anta said :

Swinging Voter,

Re: Ma’am Jones: The family of ex-prefect from St Mary’s in Launceston most definately would have sweet FA to do with woddchipping.

Thanks for the correction on Giulia.

I think you’ll find it’s St. Mary’s, Hobart – not Launceston. I find it odd that someone who didn’t get pre-selection in their home state last year is running up here. As for being a potential Green, that’s a joke – anti-abortion catholics and greenies don’t mix.

bryansworld 4:25 pm 08 Oct 08

“I have some mates that are uber conservatives that are more green than Shane Rattenbury, so your assumption of Left and Right is incorrect.”

I am intrigued. I would love a pen picture of one of these friends of yours.

Granny 3:47 pm 08 Oct 08

Whatever, “SwingingVoter” ….

SwingingVoter 3:40 pm 08 Oct 08

harvyk1 said :

SwingingVoter said :

Granny said :

“SwingingVoter” … you are so obvious it’s embarrassing.

Hey Granny

Of course I’m obviously Liberal and a Zed lover. I have said so in Previous posts.

So why use the name of Swinging Voter? A true swinging voter is just as likely to vote for Stanhope as they are for Zed in the next election.

bryansworld said :

“I’m surprised that the Libs haven’t pulled a similar stunt to get some of the Green Vote by using their own green type candidate…”

Typically Green is considered to be a Left philosophy, not Right. Therefore you’d have

I have been a swinging voter for the last 15 years. I recently made up my mind to vote Liberal this time. Last time I voted for Labor and the time before I voted Democrat and green. Left and Right, you are kidding aren’t you. Green is an attitude and a way of life. I have some mates that are uber conservatives that are more green than Shane Rattenbury, so your assumption of Left and Right is incorrect.

harvyk1 3:32 pm 08 Oct 08

SwingingVoter said :

Granny said :

“SwingingVoter” … you are so obvious it’s embarrassing.

Hey Granny

Of course I’m obviously Liberal and a Zed lover. I have said so in Previous posts.

So why use the name of Swinging Voter? A true swinging voter is just as likely to vote for Stanhope as they are for Zed in the next election.

bryansworld said :

“I’m surprised that the Libs haven’t pulled a similar stunt to get some of the Green Vote by using their own green type candidate…”

Typically Green is considered to be a Left philosophy, not Right. Therefore you’d have trouble finding people who would want to be members of the Liberals with a true Green platform. Furthermore typically the Green vote is not made up of swinging voters (the 15% of the population which this campaigning is truely targeting). The Green voters have already made their mind up, and as a result will usually vote left (either labor or the greens)

Thumper 3:18 pm 08 Oct 08

Hehehehehe….

Bet ya a pint Stanhope in a minority?

bryansworld 3:17 pm 08 Oct 08

“I’m surprised that the Libs haven’t pulled a similar stunt to get some of the Green Vote by using their own green type candidate…”

Yeah, but with Mike it’s not a stunt. Check out his website (www.mikehettinger.com) he’s been green for years. Dare I say he has green credentials?

jakez 3:16 pm 08 Oct 08

I’d put one together for the Libs but I don’t feel like bursting into tears at the workplace.

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