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Governor-General, please dissolve the ACT Government [With Poll]

By PantsMan - 21 October 2013 71

Quite frankly, I’ve had enough of Katy, Barr, Corbell, and that court jester Rattenbury. They have surely got to be the most irresponsible, dangerous, and seemingly unaccountable excuse for a government within the Australian Federation.

They appear to have largely abandoned any attempt to effectively deliver the core governmental services for which they are actually responsible, such as healthcare and policing. Or they are simply incapable of so delivering. When they have attempted to do anything in these areas they have almost universally been absolute scandalous disasters. For example, Katy Gallagher, as Health Minister, presided over the falsification of health statistics by a family associate; falsification which seemingly had the effect of defrauding the Commonwealth of otherwise forgone incentive payments. If this had happened in NSW, they would all be before ICAC. And now we hear we have the worst health system in the country.

Shane Rattenbury demanded that Katy, Barr, and Corbell, in return for continuing in power, sign up to build a $700 – $860 million Capital Metro Project (with your taxes) that has no business case, no cost benefit analysis, no passenger number projections, and no hope or chance of either being delivered on time or ever making any money (even given appropriate levels of subsidy to take in non-financial considerations).

Corbell, seemingly at the behest of Barr, has decided to enact legislation patently beyond the power of the ACT Legislative Assembly in order to politically wedge the Abbott Federal Government (something which they did not consider necessary to do to the former Rudd/Gillard/Rudd Governments) and bring on a High Court challenge; which they will defend with millions of dollars of your money.

The only growth industry in the ACT is the ‘human rights’ industry; that consists of the ACT Government paying human rights lawyers (who often seem to be connected to ACT Labor) to comment upon and advise upon endless harebrained schemes that are largely aimed at correcting non-problems, while anyone who ever tries to evoke their purported human rights (often against the ACT Government itself) discovers they have none. (Don’t worry, the ACT Government pays more human rights lawyers to write up summaries of how you, in fact, have no human rights.) Meanwhile, our $100 million human rights compliant jail is full, and inmates are having their human rights violated by the ACT Government.

* ACTEW executive pay and sponsorship scandal — no one told Katy and Barr (asleep at the wheel).

* Highest utilities prices in the country, used as a quasi-tax by Katy and Co.

* Banning plastic shopping bags.

* $5,500 fines for leaving a shopping trolley in the street.

The list goes on.

Under the ACT Self Government Act, the Governor-General has the power to call an end to this madness and appoint a Commissioner to conduct the affairs of the ACT. The provision is as follows:

Dissolution of Assembly by Governor-General
(1) If, in the opinion of the Governor-General, the Assembly:

(a) is incapable of effectively performing its functions; or

(b) is conducting its affairs in a grossly improper manner;

the Governor-General may dissolve the Assembly.

(2) Where the Assembly is dissolved:

(a) the Governor-General:

(i) shall appoint a Commissioner for the purposes of this section; and

(ii) may, at any time, give directions to the Commissioner about the exercise of the powers of the Executive; and

Given all this, should the Federal Government advise the Governor-General dissolve the ACT Legislative Assembly and end this chaos:

Should the Federal Government advise the Governor-General dissolve the ACT Legislative Assembly

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71 Responses to
Governor-General, please dissolve the ACT Government [With Poll]
thebrownstreak69 12:16 pm 21 Oct 13

scoot said :

Eh.. in the grand scheme of things, the ACT government has been decidedly less wasteful than other governments. I think of examples like Victoria’s Myki project cost and the federal scrapping of the NBN, all in the name of roads, of all things.

The ACT government has done a lot of good things, though, like banning plastic shopping bags, moving on a proposal for gay marriage, fines for leaving shopping trolleys around.. the list goes on!

I, along with most people <30 in the ACT, would vote the same government back in.

I thought this was meant to be sarcastic (and it should have been) until I read the last sentence.

neanderthalsis 12:07 pm 21 Oct 13

IrishPete said :

Oh dear, PantsMan is confused “no hope or chance of either being delivered on time or ever making any money (even given appropriate levels of subsidy to take in non-financial considerations).” Which is to be, subsidised or profitable? It can’t be both?

One only has to look at agricultural production in the EU or Japan to see evidence of heavily subsidised industries that are also quite profitable. I don’t think our dodgy one track tram system that will only link the city centre to one small urban centre will ever be profitable though.

As other posts have stated, if the GG kicked them out, we’d only vote them back in. I think even if ACT Labor had the same corruption stench as NSW Labor we’d vote them back in (I’m sure if someone started to dig, all sorts of things would bubble up too).

troll-sniffer 12:07 pm 21 Oct 13

Quite frankly Pantsman (or boy methinks) if you don’t like the currently elected government that the majority of your fellow citizens voted for and as a result have a remit to do more than implement policies that you personally find acceptable, you have the option to put your obviously superior talents, expertise and abilities up to the same set of voters and convince them you can do better.

if you really are so effing brilliant as you think you are then it should be a shoo-in and we can all live blissfully in the paradise you will create for us.

Or have I missed something deeper in your tanty spray?

Kim F 11:57 am 21 Oct 13

IrishPete said :

Roundhead89 said :

Yes and when we get a recall election what will happen? Left wing Canberra will vote for Labor and The Greens yet again and nothing will be resolved. Like it or not the ACT has effectively become a one party state.

I do love that the Right-wingers, who believe they were Born To Rule, can’t even count to two.

IP

Coffee Spray – Thanks IP

krome 11:56 am 21 Oct 13

I would love to hear Katy’s version of the “May God save the queen…” speech.

Primal 11:47 am 21 Oct 13

They’ve also failed to deliver my hovercar. These are dark times…

IrishPete 11:39 am 21 Oct 13

Oh dear, PantsMan is confused “no hope or chance of either being delivered on time or ever making any money (even given appropriate levels of subsidy to take in non-financial considerations).” Which is to be, subsidised or profitable? It can’t be both?

I’d be surprised if Canberrans are paying the highest utility prices in the country – your electricity and water prices are way below mine in nearby NSW. Even if you mean “of the capital cities” well I’d need to see proof, because I expect there’s a correlation between city size and price (i.e. the size of the market and competition).

I am surprised you didn’t throw in CTP insurance, court/judicial system and so on.

But you probably have nothing to compare the ACT with, so you may not realise that Government is stuffed all over Australia. If I had to give a single reason it would be Middle Class Welfare – taking money away from the provision of public services.

IP

IrishPete 11:31 am 21 Oct 13

Roundhead89 said :

Yes and when we get a recall election what will happen? Left wing Canberra will vote for Labor and The Greens yet again and nothing will be resolved. Like it or not the ACT has effectively become a one party state.

I do love that the Right-wingers, who believe they were Born To Rule, can’t even count to two.

IP

scoot 11:17 am 21 Oct 13

Eh.. in the grand scheme of things, the ACT government has been decidedly less wasteful than other governments. I think of examples like Victoria’s Myki project cost and the federal scrapping of the NBN, all in the name of roads, of all things.

The ACT government has done a lot of good things, though, like banning plastic shopping bags, moving on a proposal for gay marriage, fines for leaving shopping trolleys around.. the list goes on!

I, along with most people <30 in the ACT, would vote the same government back in.

Postalgeek 11:14 am 21 Oct 13

Democracy is a perversion of the natural order, isn’t it?

pajs 11:08 am 21 Oct 13

If the ACT gets you this riled up, imagine your libertarian umbrage if you were living in Queensland under Campbell Newman…

thebrownstreak69 11:02 am 21 Oct 13

Thumper said :

Quite frankly, I’ve had enough of Katy, Barr, Corbell, and that court jester Rattenbury. They have surely got to be the most irresponsible, dangerous, and seemingly unaccountable excuse for a government within the Australian Federation.

This may be so, but they were still elected.

I guess it’s true, then, that people get the government they deserve.

Roundhead89 10:58 am 21 Oct 13

Yes and when we get a recall election what will happen? Left wing Canberra will vote for Labor and The Greens yet again and nothing will be resolved. Like it or not the ACT has effectively become a one party state.

Thumper 10:51 am 21 Oct 13

Quite frankly, I’ve had enough of Katy, Barr, Corbell, and that court jester Rattenbury. They have surely got to be the most irresponsible, dangerous, and seemingly unaccountable excuse for a government within the Australian Federation.

This may be so, but they were still elected.

davo101 10:39 am 21 Oct 13

And this, girls and boys, is why the idea of recall elections is the spawn of Satan.

PS: Best not mentioning plastic bags if you want to avoid looking like a loon.

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