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Gary’s seat an “insurance policy”

By GnT - 23 November 2007 28

Gary Humphries is fighting for his seat, saying we should vote for him since Labor will probably win government, so keeping the Libs in control of the Senate will be an “insurance policy”.

Funny, he didn’t seem too concerned about having an insurance policy in the Senate over the last 3 years, when the Coalition had control of both houses.

He must be the only politician campaigning on the platform of the other guys winning.

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Gary’s seat an “insurance policy”
pierce 1:49 pm 23 Nov 07

We could try a write-in campaign regularbrowse – SGS for the Senate.

regularbrowse 1:44 pm 23 Nov 07

Does this mean all the major parties (ALP, Democrats, Greens and now the Libs) are campaigning for our Senate vote on the basis it will restore balance… ?
Voting for an independent is starting to look more attractive. Just wish there was a strong ‘Andren’ style independent candidate here.

thetruth 1:31 pm 23 Nov 07

The lie is the marketing type lie (like new improved).

Kerrie Tucker’s marketing pitch was:

“Kerrie Tucker for an independent Senate”

Well – Kerrie Tucker is a partisan politician as the member the Green’s (first “marketing lie” by de-partying the marketing pitch) – ie if you want an independent vote for an independent.

Any third force is not independent of the other two. If lib and labor agree greens are irrelevant. If libs and labor disagree then they are dealt in, but labor knows that they will NEVER vote will the libs – so the greens vote is cheap.

If the greens push their agenda hard they will never get the preferences of labor again – ie they are dependent on labor for their policital future.

So why are they independent? They are just after as much power and a small supporter base will give.

They are not putting themselves forward as a alternative government.

Thumper 1:06 pm 23 Nov 07

Oh, don’t get me wrong, I think the worse thing that happened last election was the majority in the senate by the libs…

areaman 1:04 pm 23 Nov 07

The lie is that Dems, Greens are restoring the balance of power. No, they just want to get into the senate, not restore a balance of power.

Even if I agree, which I don’t, at least no one group would have a majority. It would require at least two of the three parties, whihc would be a plus for democracy.

Thumper 1:00 pm 23 Nov 07

Libs will get hammered tomorrow, both in reps and senate.

The lie is that Dems, Greens are restoring the balance of power. No, they just want to get into the senate, not restore a balance of power.

swissbignose 12:57 pm 23 Nov 07

He does have a point though given the Save Our Senate coalition is based on a lie.

What lie is that?

areaman 12:56 pm 23 Nov 07

It’s not. The point is that Humphries’ is now campaigning on the point that no party should have control of both houses. He wasn’t complaining when they had it.

Which is doubly bull as if the greens win there still won’t be a majority in the senate (unlike the situation now, which he has no problem with).

Thumper 12:53 pm 23 Nov 07

McMullen? I’m basing it on the fact that I rarely hear anything from him or his office unless there’s an election in the wind….

I’m sure he does ‘something’.

GregW 12:52 pm 23 Nov 07

‘He wasn’t complaining when they had it.’

However the other parties were, and now when labor/greens look set to take both houses he has every right to do the same. There is no hypocrisy here..

Sammy 12:48 pm 23 Nov 07

How it is Humphries’s fault that the Coalition has had a majority for the past three years?

It’s not. The point is that Humphries’ is now campaigning on the point that no party should have control of both houses. He wasn’t complaining when they had it.

pierce 12:47 pm 23 Nov 07

I think it’s based on “number of appearances in local musicals” 🙂

Fletcher123 12:45 pm 23 Nov 07

How do you define “McMullan does nothing” and “Humphries actually does something”? Is that an informed comment, or are you basing it on the number of times you see their mugs on the teev?

You cant be nonconfo 12:41 pm 23 Nov 07

I don’t get it. How it is Humphries’s fault that the Coalition has had a majority for the past three years? What was he meant to do, resign when it came out they’d got one?

I totally agree with what he said on ABC yestaerday: if Labor gets up we will need an insurance policy, and a Green who relied soley on Labor preferences to get elected will hardly be the one to do it!

Thumper 12:26 pm 23 Nov 07

I just wonder at the travesty of it all.

McMullen does nothing, will romp it in

Humphries, love him or hate him, actually does things and is likely to lose.

okay, Reps and Senate difference but still, strange world we live in…

He does have a point though given the Save Our Senate coalition is based on a lie.

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