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Labor – Canberra’s best team for the future…

By iCanberran - 29 September 2008 19

… not the best team for honesty though. In fact, they’re inventing history now. ACT Labor’s latest ad aims to promote the environmental credentials of Comrade Stanhope and his team. The woman speaking in the ad says “…so it’s great how Labor have secured over half of the ACT as protected nature reserves”

Problem with this claim is at least half the ACT is covered by Namadgi National Park, which was established in 1984.*  It was established long before self government and long before ACT Labor or Stanhope. Admittedly, the ad says “Labor”, not “ACT Labor” and it’s true that Labor was in power at a Federal level when Namadgi was created, but it’s still undue credit.   

http://www.australianalps.deh.gov.au/parks/namadgi.html 

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Labor – Canberra’s best team for the future…
Crikey 12:08 pm 30 Sep 08

I am perturbed by Labor’s hospital ad. The nurse (most probably an ALP Member) spruiking up Labor in what looks like a hospital ward.

If it is indeed a Canberra hospital this is a blatant case of politicising the public hospital system.

There is a feeling of desperation in ALP advertising this time around.

tom-tom 11:24 am 30 Sep 08

Primal said :

Overheard said :

but how’s Andrew Barr’s form with the multiple signs with none of the ALP livery, just a green border.

Spotted a trio of these on Melrose Drive yesterday – the Labor logo was there but in black & white and very small. Isn’t his profile a bit too high to get away with pretending he’s not ALP?

it could just be to make his signs more noticble when driven past……simplest explanations probably the right one

Primal 10:50 am 30 Sep 08

Overheard said :

but how’s Andrew Barr’s form with the multiple signs with none of the ALP livery, just a green border.

Spotted a trio of these on Melrose Drive yesterday – the Labor logo was there but in black & white and very small. Isn’t his profile a bit too high to get away with pretending he’s not ALP?

Overheard 9:48 am 30 Sep 08

verbalkint said :

so… the ad claims that Labor did something that Labor actually did…

Reminds me of a union (or members thereof) who decided to claim the kudos for an enterprise bargaining outcome at a certain organisation when the union had mounted a torrid ‘Hell, No’ campaign throughout until management said, ‘Fine, no deal, no pay rise, no backdating, no chance of anything for another x months’.

Have you ever heard several thousand people back-pedal in unison?! It sounds like the soundtrack LP of the Tour de France played on 33 1/3, with an accompanying intake of breath that voids a two city block radius of oxygen. And airborne insects.

I’d only just rejoined that industry after some time in the non-unionised wilderness of three-piece suit and laptop consulting, and was just on the cusp of signing back on to the union in my readopted field when they did this piece of rank stupidity.

Five years or so later I finally realised the union (that one, plus the movement, plus the people) are bigger than the decisions of a few individuals, PR types and marketers and advertisers. It took me a song to wake up to myself: http://jackmancor.com/music.html — Spanner In The Works. I think I’ve waxed lyrical about Jack here before. Top bloke. Great music.

There may or may not be a parallel in there. I’ve forgotten what we started talking about. $5 pizzas, refugees or indicator use or something. I’ve got a beauty about indicators and other road matters, but it/they’ll keep.

Thumper 9:28 am 30 Sep 08

Thanks verbalkint…

jakez 9:18 am 30 Sep 08

I also vaguely remember such a pledge (mainly because it was met with many a sarcastic response here).

verbalkint 9:09 am 30 Sep 08

Thumper, I believe Stanhope has said that he would stick round for the whole 4 year term, though I don’t have any sources to back up my vague recollection.

whistle 8:59 am 30 Sep 08

Don’t you know that Jon Stanhope also built Mount Ainslie, constructed Black Mountain (one half at a time), dug out the basin for Lake Burley Griffin and found enough water on his brain to fill the Lake in seven days and nights?

Ignorant and ungrateful people, why isn’t everyone boned up on these fine points of history!

Thumper 8:23 am 30 Sep 08

And on the subject, has Stanhope indicated that he will serve out his term, rather than hand over to Gallagher at a later stage?

Thumper 8:22 am 30 Sep 08

So what has happened to Hargreaves, Corbell, Gentleman, Porter and Barr?

Especially Barr? Has he become a threat to the Stanhope dictatorship and has therefore been banished?

Has Stanhope muzzled the rest in case they say something stupid? Or in case Hargreaves, after a long lunch, pledges $50 million towards god-knows-what?

Actually, it is interesting that ALP is pretty much running on the Stanhope/ Gallagher ticket.

johnboy 8:19 am 30 Sep 08

But not *this* Labor….

verbalkint 8:01 am 30 Sep 08

so… the ad claims that Labor did something that Labor actually did…

Overheard 7:53 am 30 Sep 08

I think this may have been mentioned in dispatches here before, so beat with a fresh bunch of celery if I’m repeating others’ words if I’m repeating others’ words if I’m repeating others’ words but how’s Andrew Barr’s form with the multiple signs with none of the ALP livery, just a green border.

You sneaky sonomabeech.

Wide Boy Jake 7:35 am 30 Sep 08

Has anybody noticed Labor’s new attack ad which contains the tagline “Liberals – don’t risk it”. Strange, I distinctly remember the Liberals using the line “Labor – don’t risk it” on their ads during the last federal election.

Pandy 12:33 am 30 Sep 08

liars, liars pants on friars!

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