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.
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.
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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.