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Election08 field finalised

By johnboy 18 July 2008 32

With thanks to the ABC for the heads up I can inform you that the ACT electoral commission has now finalised the list of parties running in the 2008 election.

And they are:

  • Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch)
  • Australian Motorist Party
  • Free Range Canberra
  • Liberal Democratic Party
  • Liberal Party of Australia (A.C.T. Division)
  • Pangallo Independents Party
  • Richard Mulcahy Canberra Party
  • The ACT Greens
  • The Community Alliance Party (ACT)

Richard Mulcahy squeaked in with his registration coming though today. Apparently the Christian Democrats have ceased to exist.

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Antony Green 6:13 pm 21 Jul 08

The local government rules are different in every state.

jakez 4:07 pm 21 Jul 08

Local Government has four year terms? Wow, for some reason I thought it was a lot less (like one or two).

Is four years standard?

Antony Green 3:58 pm 21 Jul 08

Nothing to stop him being Mayor of Queanbeyan while living in Canberra. He’d have had to be on the roll for the Council to have been elected four years ago, but there is nothing that says you have to stay on the roll. Anyway, if he owns property in Queanbeyan, he’d be a rate payer and entitled to be on the non-residents roll.

With four year terms in local government, there would be many a Councillor who by the end of four years might have moved residence outside of a council area. Most councils are usually happy to leave the Councillor in place because it avoids the cost of a by-election. Anyway, in Pangallo’s case, he will no longer be on Council by the time the formal election is called. As yet he isn’t a candidate as no writ has been issued. Legally nobody is a candidate until nominations are called for, and the legal definition is the only one to go on.

Gungahlin Al 2:01 pm 21 Jul 08

Sweet would be the irony of seeing Pangallo elected, then having to support Molonglo residents down the southern end of the electorate to *oppose* Queanbeyan Council approving more stupid residential development under the airport flight path that could lead to noise sharing over the southern Canberra suburbs.

What goes around (or over in this case) comes around…

TroyWilliams 11:52 am 21 Jul 08

Pangallo announced he has moved to a property he owns in Canberra which means he will have his enrolment sorted out.

… and he’s still the Mayor of Queanbeyan?

If it was in the same jurisdiction, go for it – in the past there have been a lot of sitting Mayors who have run at a state or national level. To be Mayor in one state and running for the state legislature in another just seems odd.

Anthony, is there a precedent for this elsewhere?

johnboy 7:44 am 21 Jul 08

I prefer to think I’ve freed them of fear

minime2 1:39 am 21 Jul 08

For a minute I thought i was on the wrong site .. there seems to be intellectual, informative and educated discussion going on about politics.(?)

Johnboy, you scared the s*** out of them?

ant 12:50 am 21 Jul 08

I think Pangallo might do rather well. He knows the job. As for differences between Qbn and Canberra, there aren’t that many. Pangallo has presided over a somewhat artification of Qbn (the Rusty building and teh Q, not ot mention outdoor dining in the main street), suggesting he’ll slide right in to the city pretensions of Canberra.

Antony Green 11:49 pm 20 Jul 08

Pangallo announced he has moved to a property he owns in Canberra which means he will have his enrolment sorted out. He has also announced he is not contesting the NSW local government elections on 13 September so will no onger be on Council. So he will have everything in order to contest the ACT election.

Gungahlin Al 7:26 pm 20 Jul 08

He can’t be in both places at once. If he’s moved then surely he can’t be a Councillor any more?

PS: what Jakez said.

johnboy 4:58 pm 20 Jul 08

Apparently he’s just finished moving in toa house in the ACT but still has his Mayor’s chains.

Quite what broad based community support he thinks he has is beyond me.

Too many people at dinner parties telling him he’s great I reckon.

TroyWilliams 4:44 pm 20 Jul 08

I agree with Thumper about Pangallo.

Without debating whatever it is he stands for, I wonder how the good people of Queanbeyan feel about their mayor jumping ship to stand across the border? I’m assuming he’s still out representing NSW residents while out asking ACT residents for their vote.

Does he think that we are silly enough (pls don’t debate that point) to elect somebody who doesn’t even live in the Territory? Or has he moved here, or planning to move here and if so, during his time as mayor?

Just seems odd to me, then again most aspects of ACT politics do.

Troy

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