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Ho hum yawn – the Libs announce potential team.

By 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?

What’s Your opinion?


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38 Responses to
Ho hum yawn – the Libs announce potential team.
bd84 11:16 pm 04 Apr 08

Frankly both parties are as useless as each other. As I said in another post before, Pratt Stefaniak Burke are all fools for the Liberals. Stanhopeless speaks for itself, Hargreaves is chief drunken fkup, Gallagher is in charge of incompetence and who the hell knows who the other two labor backbenchers?!

Hopefully people will actually look at who they’re voting for this year.. clear the decks and at least not have a majority government again. vote independent? are there any decent ones yet? lol

hobbyhorse1 9:04 pm 04 Apr 08

I know that Jeremy Hanson has been in the Army for more than twenty years and commanded troops in Iraq and East Timor. He’s been decorated by the Army so at least he’s done somthing.

Pandy 5:41 pm 04 Apr 08

What happened to Jo Reynolds? Failed to impress the Liberals.

beasley 4:24 pm 04 Apr 08

That said, Doszpot deserves a seat as he has done a lot for Canberra with soccer and actually has a business background and knows a bit about managing.

Memory serves he just missed out on knocking Pratt off at the last election.

beasley 4:21 pm 04 Apr 08

Just looking at this list confirms the Libs present problems. You would think as the Party of “Free Entreprise” they would have some well respected people in their membership prepared to nominate who would be electable.

Unfortunately, Hare-Clarke rewards incumbency through name reconition. How else can you explain Jacqui Burke being re-elected?

The Libs need to have the present lot stand-down (or be forcibly stood-down) for the betterment of their Party so that some real talent can come forward with a chance to win a seat.

This will never happen as you cannot imagine anyone paying the present lot anywhere near what they earn as MLAs. Unfortauntely, self-interest will ensure continued self-preservation and the continuation of Stanhope until someone like Wayne Berry once again leads the ALP.

Thumper 3:16 pm 04 Apr 08

<On Monday afternoon talkback radio Jon Stanhope, when commenting on the Defence kangaroo cull debacle, said that he would not politicise the debate with the Federal Government as they were now his colleagues.

His remark confirmed my long-held belief that his dealings with the previous federal government had everything to do with party politics and ideology and had very little to do with what was in the bests interests of the ACT community.

Stuffed up my italics…

Thumper 2:34 pm 04 Apr 08

Slightly off topic but this letter was in the CT today. Interesting

On Monday afternoon talkback radio Jon Stanhope, when commenting on the Defence kangaroo cull debacle, said that he would not politicise the debate with the Federal Government as they were now his colleagues.

His remark confirmed my long-held belief that his dealings with the previous federal government had everything to do with party politics and ideology and had very little to do with what was in the bests interests of the ACT community.

However, I think LG has summed it up. The Canberra publicis tired of Stanhope and his crew but have real alternative until the Liberals either pull themselves in line for the good of the party (rather than themselves) or we get some good strong independents again to keep Stanhope to a minority government (and as such, more cheques and balances, although this will bring its own set of problems)

I too would have thought that there may have been an influx of new blood.

LG 2:24 pm 04 Apr 08

Maybe Troy will run for that new Business Club?

After the last few elections, it really is time for the Libs to have a proper clean out of candidates. In an Assembly as small as the ACT’s you can’t have the same mob/dead wood (who are obviously unable to win Government) running time and time again.

They haven’t resonated with the majority of voters and unlikely ever will.

I really think the Canberra community is tired of the Stanhope Government (and as such will return to minority government) but there is no credible alternative government.

el 1:59 pm 04 Apr 08

Who?

Skidbladnir 1:48 pm 04 Apr 08

Until this I was half expecting some kind of reversal of posture on the part of the Liberals, and then having Troy Williams ride in doing a Magnificent Seven whiteknight trick and bring in half a dozen other indutry\business types to save the day.

This “can’t campaign their way out of a wet-paper bag” collection has me thinking some further public spectacle of ACT Liberal self-destruction is not far off.

VicePope 1:48 pm 04 Apr 08

Why do so many of them bother? Why do the Libs bother selecting a full or overfull slate of candidates when they will be lucky to hang on to what they won last time. What earthly reasons do Stefaniak, Smyth, Pratt, Burke and Dunne have for running again? What reason is there that any of us should vote for them. As to Gary Kent, it is difficult to see any reason for nominating him – a divisive cloddishly-scheming former party official.

Dichromate 1:05 pm 04 Apr 08

How can you accuse Brendan Smyth of damaging the party and at the same time heap praise upon Mulcahy(their great hope!).
They’re both factional players, and along with Gary Kent the three of them and their respective flunkies are the ones who have been destabilizing the party.
Lets not forget the pure act of spite on the part of Mulcahy, installing ‘grandpa” Bill Stefaniak as leader in place of Brendan Smyth, since he(Mulcahy) couldn’t get the votes himself. Rolling a leader is one thing but putting someone incompetent into the position just to get at someone else and get “deputy leader” for yourself is quite another.
Mulcahy had dodgy dealings in his past, and it was yet to be determined if he’d broken the law, the party had to protect itself thus he was removed from the front-bench temporarily. Instead of keeping his head down in and waiting for the actual finding, he was stupid enough to slag off the party to the point where his even own people sniffed blood and crucified him (And what a coup it was for Zed! masterful! from crony to leader in just a couple of weeks!)

None of the MLAs are worth keeping, I expect the liberals to lose seats.

Thumper 11:51 am 04 Apr 08

Who?

bigred 11:49 am 04 Apr 08

who cares? Its not like thety will ever get into power or anything.

Joe Canberran 11:46 am 04 Apr 08

man, this post would have been so much better with LINKS to all those little snippets of info you found out about the candidates. And I’m about to head out of the office so unfortunately I don’t have time to look them all up myself right now (plus I suppose I should be doing some work – meh).

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