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Labor and Libs on the nose to local Business

By neanderthalsis - 28 February 2008 44

Well the Canberra Times and the ABC have the story, so it must be true. A new ACT group, the Canberra Business Club, will bankroll Independant candidates at the next Shire Council (oops, Territory Legislative Assembly) elections.

The ABC story is here. and the CT one.

Could we see a return to the good old days of minority government? A gaggle of independants in the L.A. could at least have the effect of making the dominant party work hard to retain their support.

[ED (Kramer) – There’s a lot of interest on this, so much that we actually got two stories on this… Check ASP’s thoughts below]

If you’re the Liberal Party leader and you read that even business has given up on you, you know you’re in trouble. When you then read that in an election where Labor is likely to loose support and your support will either stay the same or also go south, that business will run its own parties and independents against you, you know you’re really in trouble.

If Zed reads The Canberra Times over breakfast, that’s exactly what he would have read as he sipped his herbal tea while listening to his personal theme song, Eye of the Tiger on his Ghetto Blaster.

The business community including our favourite local liquor merchant and former Liberal Party finance director Jim Murphy and former Chief Minister Kate Carnell (best known for her business aspirations for our city and paying to paint the grass green at Canberra Stadium) have lost faith in the local Libs and are bankrolling their own splinter group.

Why are they forming a new party?

“The ACT [needs] a new political party to move beyond the “elected dictatorship” of Labor and the weak Liberals”

“We need a party that defends Canberra’s interests … a Canberra-type party,”

What do you think, the Democrats were meant to be for the people and disappeared, will a part for “us” but mostly for business be good for Canberra and it’s people?

The whole story is here.

I should make it clear I am non-partisan. I hate ACT Labor at present, have no respect for the Libs (obviously) and the Greens lack strength locally. I used to support the Federal Liberals but they started to get desperate and closed to public ideas, Labor put forward better policies so I changed to them. I choose the party with the best policies at polling time and who have had the best ideas and taken the most action throughout the year. I write this with some level of impartiality so don’t accuse me of Lib bashing, lest I post a list of everything I hate about Stanhopeless. Mytaking the p*ss out of Zed is not meant to e mean but rather highlight that I think he’s driven and new to politics but has little to work with.

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44 Responses to
Labor and Libs on the nose to local Business
S4anta 10:57 am 28 Feb 08

Mr Iglesias,
Not at all, there are just a few readers who take delight in correcting syntax, so just sparing them the need to think this early on a Thursday!

Skidbladnir 10:16 am 28 Feb 08

But if Troy does run in Molonglo, he’s more visible and approachable (possibly even more human, but he -is- a Lib, so its up for further analysis) than whoever is in now.

Skidbladnir 10:13 am 28 Feb 08

S4anta, isn’t the RiotACT Candidate generally Troy Williams?

The root webpage redirects back to his Federal Liberal candidacy, but he hasn’t taken down the page where he says he’s an ACT Lib dreamer.

So he seems at least “brand-loyal” on the Liberals, but maybe he’s being pragmatic and sees the ACT Liberal implosion as something to just publicly stay quiet and not quit the day job.

justbands 9:40 am 28 Feb 08

> likely to loose support

that would be “lose”.

Skidbladnir 9:38 am 28 Feb 08

They can’t be the Liberal Party, the font’s different.

enrique 9:30 am 28 Feb 08

S4anta are you some sort of closet English teacher?

S4anta 8:56 am 28 Feb 08

“we should as a collective, come close to installing some poor prick into the Assembly.”

bitchin’ editing skills y’all! Now I am off to play the banjo.

S4anta 8:55 am 28 Feb 08

I think its time for a RiotACter to have a crack, and we can see just exactly what haovc can be created via a viral voting campaign. I am sure with this odd-ball hare and clark system we should a collective come close to installing some poor prick into the Assembly.

Thumper 8:43 am 28 Feb 08

New blood is needed in the Liberal party if they want to get anywhere.

And seriously, if they can’t win this one they should all resign.

I’m hoping Troy Williams can bring a bit of sanity into their closed little nepotistic shop.

Ralph 8:31 am 28 Feb 08

Stephen Byron should be installed as leader of ACT Liberals, immediately.

S4anta 8:30 am 28 Feb 08

Good luck to them, i think the only they will achieve is dividing the Liberal vote and derailing whatever chances they had of actually attempting to muster the vote to provide a coherent and alternative government for the ACT, as opposed to Commandant Stanhope and his uniformed winged monkeys.

cranky 7:56 am 28 Feb 08

Watched the WIN report on this. The Assembly Libs may like to revisit the footage, as it shows a very unglamorous bunch of noodles waddling like penguins towards their meeting place.

Not the image a potential Gov would like to promote, I’m sure.

Primal 12:12 am 28 Feb 08

The Canberra Business Club, a.k.a. I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Liberal Party.

(no, really, I can’t. The smell, the aftertaste… it’s all there.)

fhakk 11:32 pm 27 Feb 08

I reckon we should get a list of everyone who should be an independent MLA in the assembly.

I know who I’d vote for –

1. Terry Snow. Overlord.

2. Tim The Yowie Man. So he can conduct an exorcism of the assembly building.

3. Todd Carney. Because you gotta have a Raiders player in there somehow

4. Amber Westin. Canberra’s favourite mother.

5. Bob Winnell from Village Building Company. So Terry Snow has someone to shout at.

6. Jim Murphy. So he can give a free magnum to anyone who votes for him.

Anyone else?

Mike Crowther 10:16 pm 27 Feb 08

“Business leaders are planning to bankroll independent candidates…”

I think that we really need to carefully assess the definition of ‘Independent’ Someone being bankrolled by any group (to my mind), puts them outside the definition of the word.

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