Help Norvan and Save the Democrats – TONIGHT!

Ntp 9 August 2007 32

I got this from a good friend last night. If I had time I’d write my own spiel but I don’t and his words convey the message well;

My dear friend and rablerouser Norvan Vogt, a long time Canberran resident, has decided to have a go at influencing the upcoming elections from within the ACT in the legally prescribed manner of running for office.

His request for people to lend a hand in small but helpful ways is below.

While I have not consistently voted Democrat, I do believe in Norvan, and would be if I was still living in Canberra. If you have any questions, I invite you to send Norvan an email, perhpas invite him out to buy you a beer, and put your quetsions directly – he’s a lot of fun to boot;)

FYI – fast action is required to keep to Democrats alive in the ACT. They need new members ($20). their AGM is tonight! August 9th @ the Belconnen Community Centre, Meeting Room 1, 7.30pm

The membership website is

From Norvan;

As you know a long time ago I began to look into the different political
parties and found one that made sense, the Australian Democrats. They weren’t biased by wealthy groups like big business or big unions and their policies were created by ordinary Australians just like me. As I dug deeper, I discovered the extent to which they had influenced legislation in areas such as the Environment, the Economy, Industrial Relations, Human Rights, Privacy, Superannuation and Youth Affairs just to name a few. In the end there is only one party that fights for the middle ground. I didn’t really want to be to actively involved in a political party for another 2 years. Working and studying fulltime means that I don’t really have to time for it. The plan was to settle in to the party and have a look around, and then slowly build a power base of volunteers.

Unfortunately things have conspired against this plan . for the better. I
have been down in Melbourne organising the national youth wing conference for the Dems. After the 30th anniversary dinner on my way back to the Hostel I met up with Aden Ridgeway someone I greatly admired when I was on the youth roundtable. So we went off and had a beer at the esplanade hotel in St Kilda by 3am he had convinced me to get involved. One of the more inspiring night of my life. Long and the short of it is that it looks like I’ll have the number one spot on the senate ticket in the ACT. I know that I don’t have a Snowballs chance in hell but that’s not the point the idea is to get into the debate. Make a mark and fight for the big issues.

ACT Electoral committee has put a spanner in the works. We have grown the party from 41 to 52 members this year. But this is not enough, we need to get 100 members to stay registered. So why am I telling you this, well I need your help! I may have spoken to you a few times about the idea. I was wondering if I could call in a favour and ask you to consider joining the Democrats, if I could extend that favour to maybe being actively involved in the party or my campaign that would be fantastic. At a minimum I need you to sign up and pay the $20 and come along to the AGM 7:30pm next Thursday 9th.

How much time and effort you can spare from there I’ll leave up to you.

Don’t get me wrong I don’t really want to force you into a party that you may ideologically oppose but if I remember you once voted democrat so if you are a fence sitter or not a member of another party would you consider it? I’ll leave it there for now. Let me know what you think. If you know any one else that can help let me know


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32 Responses to Help Norvan and Save the Democrats – TONIGHT!
el el 10:48 pm 11 Aug 07

I’ve already thought up a slogan: I’m young, I’m educated, and I’m a Democrat.

Held up on placards domino’s pizza style by young hotties with buxom fiery biscuits.


Ralph Ralph 10:09 pm 11 Aug 07

Guess what sam sam, the people have Australia have decided that the Democrats are no longer relevant.

Let the ACT electorate decide whether Norvan is as well.

I know what the outcome will be.

Maelinar Maelinar 8:54 pm 11 Aug 07

Thanks for keeping the seat warm for me Norvan, I’ll take over next year once I’ve convinced enough of my mates to go Democrats.

You can use the fiery biscuits idea though, free of charge.

norvan norvan 8:10 pm 11 Aug 07

Well I thought that I better start posting, my mate told me that ntp posted my email up here and I’ve been stoked by the comments. When I wrote this email I didn’t expect that it would get posted here I probably would have done a better job of writing it :-). I’m new to this politics game and its going to be a crazy run in the next few months. I’m surprised how many people have commented on this post though. Thumper sounds like you done lots of good stuff, love to have you onboard with the Dems, if its not your thing, then thats cool. Ether way I’d like to have a beer some time because I can do with all the advice I can get. Anyway the FYI – the AGM went well, I’ll find out in a week or so if I get the nod, after the candidate committee makes their decision. I’ll let you guys know how it goes . .. norv – P.S my sister is cool …go Greig 🙂

CraigFromCurtin CraigFromCurtin 11:58 am 11 Aug 07

> (plus his older sister is kinda cute).

Watch it “VY” – that’s my woman! Back off man! 🙂

Thumper Thumper 8:54 am 11 Aug 07

Samsam, sorry about that. Bad night.

Have a great weekend man…

Thumper Thumper 8:42 am 11 Aug 07

And speaking of…

What a stunningly beautiful morning…

I love this place.

Thumper Thumper 11:20 pm 10 Aug 07

Oh, I should add, I have lived OS for a lot of my life.

I love this country and wouldn’t live anywhere else.

And so, I don’t take it for granted.

Thumper Thumper 11:18 pm 10 Aug 07


sorry mate, I didn’t realise that anyone else was allowed an opinion…

As for doing something in life, maybe you want to give me a call and I’ll tell you what I’ve done in my life. I can guarentee that it will overshadow everything you’ve ever thought of.

Been caught in a firestorm at Bullshead in 2003? Spent 3 weeks cleaning up after those fires? Went to Newcastle in the floods? How about Sydney in 99 with the storm damage? Maybe the missing snowboarders in the Alps?

Served for your country yet sunshine?

Coached junior sports teams for 10 years?

Maybe you have a couple of degrees?

Fucked if I know…

Want to ask Mael? Nah, what he’s done would make you crawl back inside you shell….

Want to ask a lot of the people who post here? I think you may find the same…

Grow up pal. Self opinionated is based upon life experience. I have plenty of that. Do you?

So frankly, fuck off sunshine…

Or at least until you can come back and tell us what you have done in life…

and on that, time for another wine…


samsam samsam 11:02 pm 10 Aug 07

To Ralph, Thumper and all the other haters and self opinionated gits out there – you have probably never given anything out side your comfortable little existence a go or a second thought. You have probably never done any thing that you or anyone else was proud of? Besides thinking you make a difference by making smart-arse comments on a anonymous blog? I worked with Norvan at the Dept Defence a few years ago, admitting at the time he really use to annoy me. You have to have it to the guy, at least he is having a go! and that’s what it’s all about right? If you look on the internet, he has done lost of crazy things not for any other reason that it seemed a good idea at the time. Too many of us, and I am guilty of this too, take for granted the fantastic country that we live in – especially the democratic processes that glues it all together. The only thing I can say if he does end up running, is at least going to be the most interesting election for a long time. I don’t think that any of the other parties have any idea what Norvan is capable of and that makes him a precarious catalyst.

Maelinar Maelinar 4:01 pm 10 Aug 07

The AEC is online. Feeding somebody elses details will be guesswork, but it is possible.

bobyJay bobyJay 2:30 pm 10 Aug 07

How the hell are you going to know if Norvan is on the ACT electoral roll are you telling us that you went into ACT Electoral Commission especially and check the roll out – seeing that it is not online, or where you feeding his details into the ‘Check Your Enrolment’ page on the AEC Website? that’s a bit illegal ??kimba you are so full of it! You really are.

el el 11:54 am 10 Aug 07

Respeck Maelinar’s authorit-eh?

el el 11:53 am 10 Aug 07

Count me in.

Maelinar Maelinar 11:42 am 10 Aug 07

A coup of the Democrats party ?

Between the 2 of us and another 46 mates we can take over their ACT branch legally.

Any groups of 46 mates spring to mind ?

Thumper Thumper 11:17 am 10 Aug 07

Cool, can I start planning a coup now?

Maelinar Maelinar 11:16 am 10 Aug 07

Thumper, you can be my deputy. 46 members to go.

Thumper Thumper 10:10 am 10 Aug 07

Does that silly little group still exist.

Old Chippy must be rolling in his grave.

But, yes, I miss their looney ravings.

Bring back the Dems I say!

kimba kimba 9:59 am 10 Aug 07

Out of interest I just checked the electoral roll and Norvan is not there unless he has ‘another’ name. And he plans to run in the ACT. GO DEMOCRAPS!!!

Maelinar Maelinar 9:11 am 10 Aug 07

Hmm 52 members.

So potentially I could bring 48 members to the party, take it over, and become Maelinar the Democrat.

Greener than the Greens
Critical of wasting taxpayer dollah
Not scared to tell it how it is

I’ve already thought up a slogan: I’m young, I’m educated, and I’m a Democrat.

Held up on placards domino’s pizza style by young hotties with buxom fiery biscuits.

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