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Indies show their true colours

By johnboy - 24 October 2008 43

The Canberra Times reports that the desperately close race for the Molonglo seventh seat now has Elena Kirschbaum, Caroline le Couteur, and Giulia Jones locked ridiculously tight.

But with counting running to next week it’s all still speculative.

Of possibly more interest, and sure to be the subject of some degree of “I told you so” from Labor, is the new publicity alliance of The Australian Motorist Party, Mark Parton and the Community Alliance Party who are claiming that their combined 15% of the electorate (not that they managed to distribute preferences between themselves) are utterly opposed to Labor:

    They are asking the Greens to take this factor into account when deciding whether to throw their support behind a Liberal or Labor government.

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jakez 9:50 am 27 Oct 08

VicePope said :

Kitchen Man – hear hear. We’d get better people if it was a part time thing. As it is, most of the members since self-government have been hacks and hopefuls. Politics at this level should not be a career, much less one that requires the full swag of staff and cars and superannuation.

Personally I like New Hampshire’s state Government. A 1.2 million population is serviced by a 400 member House of Reps (third largest in the world). Members are paid $200 a year and receive petrol reimbursement for traveling to Concord (which is about a 30 minute to 1 hour drive from anywhere in the state).

There is something comforting about knowing that MPs need to have a real job and thus can’t focus all their time on screwing us over.

It’s not transferable to the ACT but the principle remains the same.

VicePope 11:39 am 25 Oct 08

Kitchen Man – hear hear. We’d get better people if it was a part time thing. As it is, most of the members since self-government have been hacks and hopefuls. Politics at this level should not be a career, much less one that requires the full swag of staff and cars and superannuation.

Kitchen Man 11:20 am 25 Oct 08

Ant, that is the most sensible comment made on this thread. We lose sight of the fact that this is essentially a 17 member council. If the members spent less time fighting each other and working on finding solutions to the problems facing this city, everyone would be a winner. Don’t spoze that will ever happen….maybe this hung parliament gives us the opportunity as a community to be bold and trial a different form of government. The ball is in the Greens court and to some extent the ALP and the Libs. Maybe it is time to think outside the box.

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