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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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Woody Mann-Caruso 12:22 pm 06 Sep 13

Pity he’s a blow in…

How long would he need to be here, exactly? Is there a formula? Can we put similar restrictions on voters? “Sorry, you weren’t here last election, so you can’t vote in this one”?

Thumper 8:24 am 06 Sep 13

milkman said :

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Simon Sneak always running around with a hidden agenda.

Given that he’s a Green openly running for elected office, does this mean you think he’s going to get in and then start shilling for big oil and straight marriage?

And whale culls.

I’m quite impressed by Sheik. Pity he’s a blow in…

steveu 6:11 am 06 Sep 13

Good on him for being there for his new child and wife, props to that.

Planning to have a child while you are trying to be elected, particularly under the circumstances that he got party nomination, hmm. And if the child wasn’t planned, well perhaps not a good look to have when you are meant to be a responsible member of our community, representing our interests?

All that being said glad to hear bub and mum are doing well.

LSWCHP 10:11 pm 05 Sep 13

HardBallGets said :

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.

Zed? Working hard? Bwahahahaha….Now I’ve heard everything. Next thing you know people will be suggesting that he’s in the game for something other than the gratification of his own ego, power and a relaxed lifestyle.

Zed is a drone. I expect him to cakewalk into the Senate, and then I don’t expect to see or hear another single thing from him until shortly before the next election. And it’s a sad thing, but I suspect that not hearing from him actually will make me happier than the alternative.

milkman 8:11 pm 05 Sep 13

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Simon Sneak always running around with a hidden agenda.

Given that he’s a Green openly running for elected office, does this mean you think he’s going to get in and then start shilling for big oil and straight marriage?

And whale culls.

Woody Mann-Caruso 5:21 pm 05 Sep 13

Simon Sneak always running around with a hidden agenda.

Given that he’s a Green openly running for elected office, does this mean you think he’s going to get in and then start shilling for big oil and straight marriage?

schmeah 5:16 pm 05 Sep 13

Tories didn’t care too much for Craig Thomson and his newborn when it came to pairing in the house. Gutter politics: Pot, kettle yadda yadda …

gazket 4:12 pm 05 Sep 13

Simon Sneak always running around with a hidden agenda. Greens and Labor are running off the same cheat sheet.

watto23 3:27 pm 05 Sep 13

I’m all for the baby coming first, but if that was the case why did he choose to run for the senate, a position which i’m sure has far more responsibility and longer hours than the local opposition leader, which he could have stepped down from and been a backbencher.

Normal everyday people have to make these kinds of choices, why shouldn’t politicians.

sepi 1:37 pm 05 Sep 13

Normally I would be in favour of the new Dad taking time with Mum and baby, but honestly – this is the last few days of his election campaign. His wife is not a nervous first-time mum. she is in hospital being fully looked after.

Zed seems to think getting elected is his due, and he has to do nothing for it.

He had an easy ride as ACT liberal leader – I’m hoping Federal politics turns out to be much harder than he thought, and he has to actually start dong something, or be shown up as a dimbo / slacker.

pierce 1:32 pm 05 Sep 13

I can’t stand the man but missing an event the morning directly after your partner gives birth seems fair. Missing four or five others however seems shady. I wonder how many fundraisers he has missed.

smeeagain 12:06 pm 05 Sep 13

Madam Cholet said :

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.

Considering that there is 13 years between their youngest child and the new baby, I’d hazard a guess that there was no planning at all involved in this child – more a “whoopsie”. I’d be more involved in planning to prevent it happening.

Pure speculation of course.

Beau Locks 11:46 am 05 Sep 13

I wonder if Zed has worked out what it is that makes babies.

Seriously, tho, he’s been completely mission in action for the whole campaign, save for a few safe love ins. I’m not aware of any policy being pushed by the ACT Tories. Spending time with your newborn makes perfect sense, but he could have gotten out and about in the previous weeks. And months, for that matter.

And why not send along one of the other candidates in his place to any of the things he’s missed? Surely they’re across Liberal policy and able to string a sentence together. I think it’s because he’s confident enough that he’ll get in that he can show complete contempt for the electorate.

In contrast, a mate of mine was new to C Town before the last election and wanted to meet the candidates. Andrew Leigh, a shoe-in for Fraser, agreed to come and meet him at the pub, bought him a beer, and talked policy for half an hour. Respeck.

Roundhead89 10:41 am 05 Sep 13

What does the Stable Population Party think about this?

Alderney 10:10 am 05 Sep 13

Darkfalz said :

I put him second to Nash.

I put Nash at 1, Zed was a long way down my list; backstabbing turncoat.

I pity the AEC worker who has to figure out where my vote goes.

I’ve tried to structure it so my vote exhausts before it gets to any of the likely candidates.

Mysteryman 9:51 am 05 Sep 13

cranky said :

Rabbott has been promising to decimate the Canberra PS (if elected) for three years.

Meanwhile, Labor have been doing it. You seem ok with it.

Darkfalz 9:34 am 05 Sep 13

I put him second to Nash.

chewy14 8:04 am 05 Sep 13

Ghettosmurf87 said :

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 😉

Probably third last on the ballot at this stage, he really inspires confidence. Lol.

FioBla 7:56 am 05 Sep 13

johnboy said :

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

One minute you’re using your democracy sausage. Nine months later: boom!

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