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Election Wrap – 9 September

By johnboy 9 September 2008 25

General:

The Canberra Times informs us of the idiot bickering between Stanhope and Seselja over who’s actually dodging a public debate between the two of them.

Labor:

Long to reign over us… The Canberra Times brings word that Jon Stanhope is promising to serve out a four year term if he’s returned as Chief Minister.

Liberals:

Steve Doszpot has released his TV ad onto the web.

CAP:

Roger Nicoll has been announced as a candidate for Ginninderra:

    Best known for his community health development work in West Belconnen, the Flynn school campaign and youth and sporting associations, Roger Nicoll has lived in Belconnen for 40 years and been actively involved in community life. Roger is married with two children and lives in Flynn.

    As Chair of the West Belconnnen Health Co-op, Roger is heading up the community’s effort to attract bulk-billing doctors and allied health and wellbeing services to West Belconnen.

CAP’s also announced a policy called “Vital schools, Vibrant community hubs”.

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Gungahlin Al 9:26 am 10 Sep 08

I wonder if say the ALP had 8 elected, meaning 9 others, whether there’d actually be the justification for the Libs to claim the CM should be one of theirs? Or perhaps there could be an actually consensual government formed, with no party having primacy? If that were the case, then I could see the Greens having more ‘elbow room’, without being seen to side with the people who gave us a decade of Howard’s Way.

Or is there some bit of legislation I haven’t bothered to read that locks us into party politics?

The alternative would be that there were enough cross benchers elected to form a government without either ALP or Libs, but I think that unlikely. Most opinion has the cross benchers at somewhere between 1 and 3.

Thumper 8:19 am 10 Sep 08

Oh the Libs would do a lot for power, but they’re mostly happy to just be in the Assembly, it’s Labor that stands to lose what they already have

An insightful remark. Indeed, I think some of the Libs are quite happy just to be there in opposition. Whether they want the responsibility of actual government is another thing.

As for the Greens, they’ll never vote for a Lib CM, it simply isn’t in there ideology.

Jonathon Reynolds 12:12 am 10 Sep 08

novice said :

Forget the Greens. Their resumes are so underwhelming in public administration that running a chook raffle would be difficult for them.

You really have not looked at the calibre of most of the candidates (of all political persuasions) standing… they are almost ALL pretty underwhelming.

novice 7:40 pm 09 Sep 08

Forget the Greens. Their resumes are so underwhelming in public administration that running a chook raffle would be difficult for them. How about we set aside the Chief Ministers Office and limit its power to the ACT’s Federal responsibilities and set up a Local Administrative Council to run the ACT Municipality funded by the ACT Chief Ministers Office. We then have ONE election where we vote for a Chief Minister and vote for 16 ‘councillors’and forget these self aggrandising power plays. This way we get to vote for a Chief Minister who has the job of convincing us that he/she is capable of running something and leave the other candidates to represent themsleves anyway they like. At least we then know what we are getting and have voted for.

johnboy 7:09 pm 09 Sep 08

Oh the Libs would do a lot for power, but they’re mostly happy to just be in the Assembly, it’s Labor that stands to lose what they already have.

The invitation to all candidates remains open… We just haven’t heard from Brendan.

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