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Gungahlin Al nominates for the Greens in Molonglo

By johnboy 7 February 2012 58

The Canberrra Times brings word that RiotACT’s own Gungahlin Al (aka Alan Kerlin) is throwing his hat into the political ring as a Green candidate for Molonglo.

With the Greens hard up against it to hold Caroline Le Couteur’s seat (kindly calculated by neutrals to have roughly a snowball’s chance in hell) a new high profile Molonglo candidate would at first blush appear to be what they need like a hole in the head.

So Al, is this a profile building exercise? Or are you seriously tilting for Shane Rattenbury’s seat?

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Pandy 9:25 am 09 Feb 12

Gungahlin Al said :

On these policies that some say they don’t agree with, I’d be interested as to what they are?
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Most loony thngs the Greens try to differntiate themselves from the rest: eg

Billion tram projects:

Segregated pools for the women who see themselves as meat for men.

housebound 8:22 am 09 Feb 12

Gungahlin Al said :

housebound said :

Gungahlin Al said :

To respond to some the things in the CT article and answer some of the concerns raised here, I’ve written a little blog post: http://alankerlin.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/yes-i-have-nominated-for-greens-pre.html

So you agree with the vast bulk of Greens policies, and you want to swamp little interest Belconnen might get politically by lumping it with Gungahlin. I guess it is consistent with Greens policy.

Sorry Housebound I don’t understand. Something about Belconnen. You may be interested to know that I’m on the board of the Belconnen Arts Centre and have a fair bit to do with the folk of BCC.

Sorry Al. Should have had two sentences for two separate ideas:
a) combining Gungahlin and Belconnen into a super-electorate will see even less attention paid to Belconnen
b) agreeing with all, or most, Greens policies (which tend to not pay a lot of attention to Canberra’s western suburbs).

It’s not that Gungahlin shouldn’t have anything – in fact, I would put the third hospital out there and you should have had government offices more than a decade ago.

The concern of a super-electorate is well illustrated by one of the official reasons for closing Hall Primary School – that there was excess capacity in schools in Gungahlin. By going to larger units of planning (which will happen if the electorates were to change), the needs of individual areas are overlooked and important services are withdrawn.

Gungahlin Al 7:03 am 09 Feb 12

housebound said :

Gungahlin Al said :

To respond to some the things in the CT article and answer some of the concerns raised here, I’ve written a little blog post: http://alankerlin.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/yes-i-have-nominated-for-greens-pre.html

So you agree with the vast bulk of Greens policies, and you want to swamp little interest Belconnen might get politically by lumping it with Gungahlin. I guess it is consistent with Greens policy.

Sorry Housebound I don’t understand. Something about Belconnen. You may be interested to know that I’m on the board of the Belconnen Arts Centre and have a fair bit to do with the folk of BCC.

Thanks VG and others. Means a lot.

On these policies that some say they don’t agree with, I’d be interested as to what they are?
And thanks to everyone who has gone over to the blog to read that post. Hell of a lot of you! Hope you found some other stuff of interest while you’re there.

vg 9:30 pm 08 Feb 12

Gets my vote

LSWCHP 9:16 pm 08 Feb 12

Primal said :

LSWCHP said :

Unfortunately, the greens have some policies that I don’t like.

As opposed to every other party?

I’ll be more explicit. The Greens have some policies I really, really don’t like.

They’re an odd mob. I agree with a lot of what they stand for, but the loony fringe seems to have control of the overall operation. If they could get rid of the oddjobs (people and policies) I’d probably vote for them every time.

housebound 2:38 pm 08 Feb 12

Gungahlin Al said :

To respond to some the things in the CT article and answer some of the concerns raised here, I’ve written a little blog post: http://alankerlin.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/yes-i-have-nominated-for-greens-pre.html

So you agree with the vast bulk of Greens policies, and you want to swamp little interest Belconnen might get politically by lumping it with Gungahlin. I guess it is consistent with Greens policy.

dpm 2:32 pm 08 Feb 12

poetix said :

dpm said :

Holden Caulfield said :

As a resadent (official spelling remember) of one of your listed suburbs can you please advise my what my pressing needs are?

Cafes that allow kiddies, I think! 😉

No, no, no, anyone pretentious enough from the Inner North (and I’m talking only about myself here, for a change) does not want kiddies having swing-sets in cafés. We like quiet cafés for penning immortal works of art, particularly once we have dispatched Jessica or Tristan to an appropriate school for the day. Get it right, sweetie. (-:

Sorry! I meant to say: “Cafes that DON’T allow kiddies, I think! :-)”

I always get those two mixed up….

Holden Caulfield 1:57 pm 08 Feb 12

Gungahlin Al said :

…To respond to some the things in the CT article and answer some of the concerns raised here, I’ve written a little blog post: http://alankerlin.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/yes-i-have-nominated-for-greens-pre.html – well it’s a bloody long post actually, but hey it’s my blog so I don’t have to worry about some reporter cutting me off mid thought… I welcome your feedback.

PS: ever tried to write posts here using a phone? :-/

No, but they’ll probably run with the headline…

“Kerlin expects le Couteur to lose seat”

Good luck all the same.

Gungahlin Al 1:17 pm 08 Feb 12

“RiotACT’s own Gungahlin Al” hey? That’s nice – thank you.

Sorry I haven’t responded earlier folks. Been a pretty busy few days one way and another – school back, work and now this.

Yes although I suspect the CT piece was actually guesswork, I have indeed nominated for preselection. But the Greens are membership driven and I didn’t want speculation about me to get in the way of due process.

If I’m preselected as one of the Molonglo candidates then I’ll be happy to talk over policy issues. RA is part of my life and my sounding board if you like, and I’m not going away.

In the meantime, I’ve really appreciated the feedback you’ve given here. Very quotable! 😉

To respond to some the things in the CT article and answer some of the concerns raised here, I’ve written a little blog post: http://alankerlin.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/yes-i-have-nominated-for-greens-pre.html – well it’s a bloody long post actually, but hey it’s my blog so I don’t have to worry about some reporter cutting me off mid thought… I welcome your feedback.

PS: ever tried to write posts here using a phone? :-/

buzz819 10:20 am 08 Feb 12

Primal said :

LSWCHP said :

Unfortunately, the greens have some policies that I don’t like.

As opposed to every other party?

Yeah but they have less that I agree with.

Primal 10:07 am 08 Feb 12

LSWCHP said :

Unfortunately, the greens have some policies that I don’t like.

As opposed to every other party?

housebound 9:20 am 08 Feb 12

milkman said :

far_northact said :

Agreed, – great candidate! wrong party? Why not independent?

+100000000000000000

+ infinite

The sad thing is that the political hacks around town will no longer see GA’s actions as being those of a normal person trying to do their best for the community. Everything , at least from now on and possibly back a few years, will be interpreted and re-interpreted as part of a bid for preselection with the Greens and later getting elected.

It’s one of the sad things about this town. It must be a huge disincentive against people standing up for election to improve things around here.

One thing, though Al, if elected, will you vote with the rest of the Greens to do another dodgy deal with the ALP? Or are you able to try for something innovative that could bring some real change to the incompetent way things are run here?

(Note – I don’t suggest automatic support for the libs. Can GA perhaps usher in something closer to the town council arrangement we should have?)

bigfeet 8:32 am 08 Feb 12

LSWCHP said :

Based on his contributions to RA, Al seems like a decent and thoughtful bloke. In other circumstances I’d be happy to vote for him.[/quote

Sorry Al, I agree. As an independent, or possibly even one of the real parties I would vote for you in a second.

But unless the Green make some massive policy changes and get rid of the backward and obstructive elements such as Bob Brown, Sarah Hanson Young and Lee Rhiannon there is no way they will ever get my vote.

You seem to have a working and active brain. I’m not sure they will like that in their little party.

Deref 7:10 am 08 Feb 12

Damn good. Best of luck, Al!

LSWCHP 10:50 pm 07 Feb 12

Based on his contributions to RA, Al seems like a decent and thoughtful bloke. In other circumstances I’d be happy to vote for him.

Unfortunately, the greens have some policies that I don’t like. For example, from http://nsw.greens.org.au/policies/firearms “The next stage in protecting communities from the misuse of firearms is to ban semi-automatic handguns.”

Well, bugger their bloody pompous self-righteous next stage. I like my semi automatic handguns. My wife and I currently have two, and I’ll be picking up another one next week. They are stored and used responsibly to punch holes in paper targets, which we’ve been doing for many years without hurting anybody. I know I’m in a tiny minority and it won’t matter a bit, but they won’t be getting my vote as long as they promulgate crap like that.

The next thing you know they’ll try to ban revolvers!

miz 9:51 pm 07 Feb 12

I can understand why Al wants to get into the LA – he feels he could get more done for his community.
I wish we had someone like Al in Tuggers.
Pity it’s the Greens though. I suspect they will get a caning due to their dodgy deal with the incumbents. He would have been ideal as an independent, and probably would get in as one.

Holden Caulfield 9:13 pm 07 Feb 12

poetix said :

…Holden C, I can’t think of a *single* problem that Inner North residents really face. I have, however, heard whinges about people from Gungahlin driving through to get to work (something they are perfectly entitled to do).

I look forward to putting that to Gungahlin Al and seeing whether he can make soothing political noises without vomiting. (Actually, he was quite critical of rat-running through the Inner North the other day, and now that All Makes Sense in light of this announcement.) I wonder if he’ll have to put a political party authorisation at the end if he posts on RA now? Or is that only when a campaign starts officially?

Ah okay. Well seeing as I used to drive through Lyneham/O’Connor/Turner on my way to work in Civic when I lived in Gungahlin I have no issues with others doing the same. Ironically, I would, at times, drive past the house I live in now in a bid to avoid the horror of Northbourne Ave.

bigfeet 8:34 pm 07 Feb 12

00davist said :

Considering my only concern here is that you have trouble distingishing Piranha Plants from Triffids, I’m glad to see this!

Provided we are never under full-scale plant attack, I think you have allot to offer Al, and I will be very interested to see what you have to offer.

You obviously know nothing of policies of The Greens if you think any of them would side with Humanity in a war with a Plant. Any Plant.

They would be the first to lay down and welcome our new Flora Overlords.

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