Ho hum yawn – the Libs announce potential team.

Crikey 4 April 2008 38

One of their best possibilities, Troy Williams, of course ran for the hills after apparently being undermined by the Liberal Director, Andy Heath and Members of their parliamentary team. Of course there is no Richard Mulcahy – their great hope for the next election.

Sadly for the Liberal’s most of their ‘dead-wood’ sitting candidates are running again – Brendan Smyth and Jacqui Burke do more damage to the party than good.

Most of the other nominees do not have a very high profile.

Belinda Barnier, ran Federally on two occasions but lost – I don’t even remember her running so she must have been a ‘gun’ candidate.

Jeremy Hanson’s fame is that he served in Iraq.

David Morgan, isn’t he Ros Kelly’s husband?

Gary Kent, their former President is running in Molonglo – at least he has a high profile and is energetic.

Clinton White is what a surprise, a staffer.

Goooogled Giulia Jones and found only that she had run for Liberal preselection for the Senate recently in another little territory, Tasmania.

Steve Doszpot, out in Brindabella is a perennial candidate but at least he has a high profile.

Jacqui Myers, out in Ginninderra, was Gary Humphries ‘lieutenant’ at the last Federal Election. I always remember seeing her standing behind Humphries smiling and saying nothing as, Senator Humphries would have wanted, not wanting to lose the limelight for himself. She has a nice smile.

Can’t find out anything on Andrew Tokaji, Matthrew White, Audrey White or David Bale – perhaps they are there just to make up the numbers.

Can anyone add any more information on the Libs team?

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38 Responses to Ho hum yawn – the Libs announce potential team.
Atlas Atlas 6:09 pm 08 Jun 08

I commend Troy for deciding now isn’t the right time for him as he has other things in his life to focus on right now. It’s good that he plans on assisting Julia Jones with her campaign. Both are intelligent people – something that the ACT needs right now. From what I saw of him in the Federal Campaign he’d be a real asset to Canberra as opposed to some in the current government.

Stanhope et al reached their used-by date some time ago – and I’m certainly not planning on voting for the stale.

Hopefully Troy will be running again in the near future.

Thumper Thumper 6:36 pm 26 May 08

Sadly, yes….

peterh peterh 5:08 pm 26 May 08

Is steve pratt still going to be running? no mention in the original post…

fearless frank fearless frank 3:47 pm 26 May 08

TroyWilliams said :

The main reason I didn’t stand this year was due to business obligations. Between now and October I’m interstate or overseas a fair bit and would not have been able to dedicate myself properly to the campaign.

So does that mean Giulia Jones isn’t expecting too much to come from this election? Troyza is her campaign manager this time round – they’ve done a tag-team swapperroonie from the Federal election.

Or, does this mean that Troyo has postponed his O/S business? Either way, it doesn’t all quite add up…

Thumper Thumper 9:45 am 09 Apr 08

Maybe she’ll sort out the losers currently hanging around in the party….

Crikey Crikey 3:27 pm 07 Apr 08

I agree, the best Labor team, by far, would be Barr/Porter.

I used to think Zed would be good but now I think he is just a puppet for that hopeless divisive tool, Brendan Smythe.

I wouldn’t piss on Jackie Burke or John Hargreaves if they were on fire (don’t know what this means but my Dad says it all the time about f***wits).

On the surface, knowing who is running at the moment I’d support Barr, Porter, Kent, Doszpot, Mulcahy and any half-decent independents.

Foskey has poisoned me for ever in voting Green again.

caf caf 10:15 am 07 Apr 08

I’m sure Hargreaves fancies himself, but Barr and Porter have to be the future-leadership-in-waiting of the Labor Party.

Nemo Nemo 10:19 pm 06 Apr 08

Aquaducts, roads and sanitation… sounds more like the Romans.

Labor you would be thinking public art, increased taxes, closed schools and long walks to the bus stop.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 9:57 pm 06 Apr 08

Thanks Nemo, you have reminded me of one quality Labor person. Mary Porter is, indeed, Quality with a capital ‘Q’. I won’t go into the reasons why I believe this, albeit to say she has helped my family though a significant crisis in recent years – my shame for forgetting her.

That said, what have labor ever done for us…. (cue the Pleb’s citing aquaducts, roads, sanitation, etc…)

Thumper Thumper 4:21 pm 06 Apr 08

And a new bloody dam?

bigred bigred 3:59 pm 06 Apr 08

have they promised to build a light rail if they get elected?

Nemo Nemo 3:12 pm 06 Apr 08

I like Zed. I think I would consider moving interstate if Chairman Jon gets re-elected.

I wouldnt vote for her, but I appreciate Mary Porter getting out in her electorate and talking to the people. She used to have stalls at the shops regularly, however I haven’t seen her for a while. The other MLAs in my electorate seem to be MIA.

el el 3:10 pm 06 Apr 08

None of the above?

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 11:32 am 06 Apr 08

CanberraGreen – I’d suggest that as Troy has declared his membership of the party he has more than a passing interest in the Libs getting elected (in their current, or any other form). Troy also said he’ll work to get Zed elected, so he’s hardly an independent thinker on how we can get the best form of local government here, is he?!

I’m all for a third real option for a political Party here to challenge the status quo. I honestly can’t see us getting anything better until some real form of opposition arrives. This opposition will also need quality people with quality ideas/ideals.

Out of interest, I’m curious who other ‘Rioters’ think would make the best leaders for each party from the current crop of local politicians we have on both sides. For mine, I don’t think there is anybody in Labour who can realistically challenge, or take over from, Chairman Jon (i.e. they lack quality people) while and the Liberals seem content to give everybody a try until they arrive at some sort of ‘magic formula’. Zed is untried and I thought Stephaniak was probably their best hope (until inside ambitions and ego’s killed him of). Anybody else want to propose alternate ‘best’ leaders for each party from the current list?

caf caf 1:04 am 06 Apr 08

Thumper said :

Interestingly, getting elected may just be the thing that actually focuses the Liberals.

That seems like wishful thinking, in more ways than one.

CanberraGreen CanberraGreen 11:26 pm 05 Apr 08

If Williams is such a “stooge” why did he opt out of the election? Aren’t “stooge” types usually too interested in getting elected above everything else. For my money, somebody who actually sees the local Shire Council for what it is deserves a second look.

How about the RA Coalition with Williams as Leader, Johnboy as Minister for Propaganda and Thumper as Minister for Civil Disorder?

Thumper Thumper 6:26 pm 05 Apr 08

Interestingly, getting elected may just be the thing that actually focuses the Liberals.

VicePope VicePope 3:53 pm 05 Apr 08

ALP theme song – “I’m Tired” from Blazing Saddles. ALP movie – Meet the Spartans (no. I didn’t see it, but understand it’s full of tired jokes).

Lib theme song – “Send in the Clowns”. Lib movie – Last Man Standing or, perhaps, the James Dean classic, Rabble without a Clue.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 2:26 pm 05 Apr 08

Fair enough, as long as you want a party in Government where every party member is more focussed on stabbing every other member in the back. Personally, I also want better than what we have, sadly I don’t think the libs are it. It may be a case of ‘the devil you know…’ but I certainly don’t want a Government that is in total dissaray.

Maybe RA should start a party?! God knows it couldn’t be any worse than the group we’re currently being asked to vote for.

Thumper Thumper 1:51 pm 05 Apr 08

The quality of the Liberal candidates looks pretty low, but how bad can they be? Could they be worse than Stanhope and co?

What sort of message do we send to the incumbents if we continue to re-elect them in spite of their incompetence, dishonesty and arrogance?

I’ll vote for ANYBODY but the present government. After all, there can’t be many people on the planet worse than John Hargreaves.

Well said that man!

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