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Is spending time with his newborn more important than campaigning for Zed? [With Poll]

By johnboy - 4 September 2013 41

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The Canberra Times is asking where’s Zed?

The Canberra Liberals have been accused of avoiding public scrutiny during the election campaign by skipping out on at least seven multi-candidate forums in the ACT.

But a senior Liberals campaign spokeswoman rejected the suggestion by Greens Senate candidate Simon Sheikh that the party was hiding its candidates.

Mr Sheikh’s Liberal rival in the senate race, Zed Seselja, was forced to withdraw from a Tuesday morning forum hosted by the ACT Council of Social Service following the birth of his fifth child on Monday night.

In response Zed has retweeted this:

We note that at the time of writing Zed has not seen fit to respond to the RiotACT Readers’ Candidate Questionnaire.

Is the birth a new child sufficient reason to not front the community when seeking high office?

Should Zed be campaigning, or with his new child?

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41 Responses to
Is spending time with his newborn more important than campaigning for Zed? [With Poll]
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c_c™ 5:10 pm
04 Sep 13
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People who have read RA for a while will probably know I am not fan at all of Zed. But using a new born as a political tool is quite low. Simon Sheikh should take the high road and not enter into this sort of garbage. Maybe he could instead use his time learning about the place he seeks to represent so he can finally talk about it. In every interview, he goes off about “Abbott proofing” the Senate and barely mentions Canberra.

Zed’s been an MLA for a long time, people know generally where he stands and what he’ll do. They know he’s a conservative and rather unimaginative individual.

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Ronald_Coase 5:12 pm
04 Sep 13
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If only all fathers could be so lucky to spend their busiest time of year work-wise with their newly born babies!

Or should I be skeptical and conclude that Zed’s just making s#@t up?

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bd84 5:19 pm
04 Sep 13
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It’s a similar question to should you go and visit your dying mum or go campaigning. Anyone who would put politics above the birth or death of a family member is a shit human being.

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johnboy 5:42 pm
04 Sep 13
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I dunno, it’s not like babies arrive without warning.

if he wasn’t in a position to give it his all he didn’t have to knife the incumbent.

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Madam Cholet 5:54 pm
04 Sep 13
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johnboy said :

I dunno, it’s not like babies arrive without warning.

if he wasn’t in a position to give it his all he didn’t have to knife the incumbent.

I stopped my husband travelling interstate within a month of the expected birth. And I would not have been happy if he had chosen to go to work when the moment came. Not that I expected him to go to the office at 2am. They could however probably have planned ‘trying for a baby’ slightly better. But sometimes with the best of intentions, it just happens.

All that matters really is that anyone should be allowed time to be at the birth of their baby, and time to support their partner through the following weeks (which is harder than you might expect). If anyone objects, they don’t have to vote for him. If he had done the opposite he’d have been subject to comments as well.

Ok, I’m done talking about Zed and procreation.

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HardBallGets 5:56 pm
04 Sep 13
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He’ll get in anyway. If that’s the case then good on him for spending a little quality time with his newest before the real stuff begins.

After he’s elected, if he’s elected, is when Canberrans should have a right to expect him to to be working hard.

If he doesn’t want to bust a gut campaigning, that’s his look out.

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cranky 6:04 pm
04 Sep 13
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Rabbott has been promising to decimate the Canberra PS (if elected) for three years.

Perhaps probable election date, probable difficult questions, probable backlash from knifing Humphries, can all be solved by a well timed birth.

Cynical – Who me?

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Jethro 6:19 pm
04 Sep 13
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I look at it this way.

If/when he gets elected, he won’t be taking his seat until halfway through next year, so he will have a whole lot of downtime to spend with the family after Saturday.

Now, I don’t think anyone would begrudge him family time when the baby is just born, but spending a few hours a day at community forums, etc would still give him entry of time to spend time with the family.

If you are running for office you should at least make the occasional appearance. If you knew you were going to be having a baby and wouldn’t be able to make that commitment, perhaps you shouldn’t have made that commitment.

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Jethro 6:20 pm
04 Sep 13
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*entry = enough … Damned iPads.

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Mr Evil 6:32 pm
04 Sep 13
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johnboy said :

I dunno, it’s not like babies arrive without warning.

if he wasn’t in a position to give it his all he didn’t have to knife the incumbent.

Maybe this baby was some sort of immaculate conception and Zed didn’t know anything about it until the last minute, so wasn’t able to plan things better???

If it was any other candidate then Zed, I say this was a valid excuse – but as he appears to be one of the laziest politicians around, I’d say it just another excuse to get out of doing his job properly.

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JC 6:34 pm
04 Sep 13
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I am with CC. I think this bloke is a wanker and am really disappointed that when he visited my suburb on Sunday that he wouldn’t come have a chat with me despite his aide letting him know I was interested in a frank and honest chat.

But in this case I don’t think it unreasonable for him to be MIA. Now if he was like a whole heap of other libs who have not turned up for community debates elsewhere (as reported in NSW), then yep reason for complaint, but the birth of your child is a reasonable excuse.

That said lets all ensure this wanker doesn’t get in! Power to the greens in the Senate I say.

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RedDogInCan 6:36 pm
04 Sep 13
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Madam Cholet said :

They could however probably have planned ‘trying for a baby’ slightly better. But sometimes with the best of intentions, it just happens.

Well, the ACT election was almost exactly 9 months ago. Looks like we know what he was doing on election night.

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StevenBailey 6:43 pm
04 Sep 13
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Well bugger me – the next time I get someone up the duff I’ll just call the Canberra Times and let them do the bloody campaigning for me. God forbid if they lost the copy and paste function on their computers.

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chewy14 6:45 pm
04 Sep 13
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It’s neither here nor there.

I’m far more interested in someone who’ll be working hard for three years as opposed to someone who’s really good at campaigning for a few days/weeks.

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Ghettosmurf87 7:14 pm
04 Sep 13
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chewy14 said :

It’s neither here nor there.

I’m far more interested in someone who’ll be working hard for three years as opposed to someone who’s really good at campaigning for a few days/weeks.

So either way Zed was never getting your vote 😉

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