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Is an attack on the ACT Government an attack on you? [With poll]

By johnboy - 6 May 2011 14

The Canberra Times has a classic chiefly tanty. It follows dissent by Labor Senator Steve Hutchins from the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee report which green lighted the Greens’ Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2010.

Senator Steve Hutchins’ dismissal of the ACT and the Northern Territory as ”tin-pot operations” drew an immediate and angry response from ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope last night.

Mr Stanhope said he took the NSW right-winger’s comments as a personal insult and an attack on every Canberran.

It seems to us in the Eagle’s Nest that many Canberrans can agree with Senator Hutchins and not take criticism of the ACT Government as a personal slight.

Calling the ACT Government a tin-pot operation

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14 Responses to
Is an attack on the ACT Government an attack on you? [With poll]
georgesgenitals 6:40 pm 08 May 11

Skidbladnir said :

johnboy said :

PantsMan said :

Serbian community maintains support for Zed, despite electoral failure.

I thought Zed’s ancestry was Croatian?

Easy mistake to make, for all the touchy-feely “Don’t call a Croat a Serb or mention the Yugoslavian Breakup” and their tendency to nationalism, its only been twenty years since they were separated.
I’m guessing they stick back together when it suits his/their political needs.

Zed is indeed a Croat.

A good friend of mine who is a Croat had family visit from the old country a couple of years ago, and these vistors were surprised by the level of Serb v Croat evident in Australia, which is apparently more of an issue with the under 30’s here than back home.

Skidbladnir 1:33 pm 08 May 11

johnboy said :

PantsMan said :

Serbian community maintains support for Zed, despite electoral failure.

I thought Zed’s ancestry was Croatian?

Easy mistake to make, for all the touchy-feely “Don’t call a Croat a Serb or mention the Yugoslavian Breakup” and their tendency to nationalism, its only been twenty years since they were separated.
I’m guessing they stick back together when it suits his/their political needs.

johnboy 12:13 pm 08 May 11

PantsMan said :

The tide has really gone out from Mr Stanhope’s government, and I think he knows it. Nobody is listening to him any more, and he is sounding more and more desperate.

I think that the rampant cost of living increases that have left people on $100K as basically working poor have finally cut through as people have realised that Stanhope’s utopian vision, which has been just around the corner for the last 10 years, will never materialise.

Prediction for 2012 election: Sadly, Stanhope back with support of the Greens; Serbian community maintains support for Zed, despite electoral failure.

I thought Zed’s ancestry was Croatian?

Gerry-Built 10:26 am 08 May 11

toriness said :

does a dislike of the current government really equate, in your minds, to a more all-encompassing conclusion we don’t deserve the right to self-govern on the same level as the states?

Simple; the ACT should be either allowed to do it properly – or not at all… either way, the Federal Government’s ability to repeal laws established by the Territories needs to be removed immediately…

PantsMan 9:43 am 08 May 11

The tide has really gone out from Mr Stanhope’s government, and I think he knows it. Nobody is listening to him any more, and he is sounding more and more desperate.

I think that the rampant cost of living increases that have left people on $100K as basically working poor have finally cut through as people have realised that Stanhope’s utopian vision, which has been just around the corner for the last 10 years, will never materialise.

Prediction for 2012 election: Sadly, Stanhope back with support of the Greens; Serbian community maintains support for Zed, despite electoral failure.

toriness 10:55 pm 07 May 11

i appreciate the fact that a lot of rioters are highly critical of the current government. however does a dislike of the current government really equate, in your minds, to a more all-encompassing conclusion we don’t deserve the right to self-govern on the same level as the states? our population as a discrete region doesn’t deserve equal representation and independence? genuine and open question.

willo 9:22 pm 07 May 11

the ACT government itself is an attack on all canberrans

matt31221 9:21 pm 07 May 11

The ACT is a tin-pot operation eh? Well I say Senator Steve Hutchins is an oxygen thief and a joke of a man.

Lookout Smithers 8:37 pm 07 May 11

I think that if you let that bother you it is because you have no mind of substance and little insight into the big game of politics. Most don’t even stand by what they say on record in the real world, they say it to better the odds of the game. The game of holding office. We all play along don’t we? An attack on a government is an attack on a government. They don’t really do our bidding for us. Just I decide that.

Thumper 7:14 pm 07 May 11

Who dares question the chiefly one?

For those who think we should have the same powers as the states I give you:

Exhibit (a)- GDE
Exhibit (b)- New ‘death star’ building
Exhibit (c)- Gungahlin

I’m sure there’s more but I couldn’t be bothered.

neanderthalsis 6:37 pm 07 May 11

With the price of tin now topping 30k a metric ton, I’d say that Senator Hutchins grossly over valued Chairman Stanhope and his merry band of numpties.

I-filed 4:32 pm 07 May 11

Time for our Dear Leader to move on. More than a shade of megalomania here. Stanhope – your government is there to serve residents of the ACT and spend our rates – wisely.

damien haas 4:13 pm 07 May 11

I enjoy a good Chiefly Tanty, someone should compile a book of them.

Gerry-Built 9:49 am 07 May 11

I guess Hutchins would know a “tin-pot operator” when he sees one; having seen one every time he looks in a mirror…

The Government of Australia foist self-government on the ACT in 1988 – if they are going to force the ACT to run itself; they need to give the ACT the autonomy to do that – not the half-arsed government they’ve allowed us… It’d make more sense to return the ACT to the Feds care – especially if the want to go repealing every law that that group of old men (and women) find a little irksome…

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