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Labor deserves 3rd term?

By iCanberran 27 July 2008 55

The ABC reports that Jon Stanhope has declared that Labour deserves a 3rd term.

I for one agree entirely 100%!Comrade Stanhope has earned our respect and a 3rd term for Labor with his commitment to Canberra and his hard work to improve the lives of Canberrans.  

He and Labor have greatly reduced hospital waiting times, reduced class sizesimproved education, invested in adequate road links for Gunghalin, made sound development decisions, refrained from interfering with the judicial process, cleaned up Civic, made land affordable, made housing and renting affordable, reduced homelessness

Well, a lot of stuff I guess.

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Aeek 12:54 am 30 Jul 08

Lets have the dragway right on the border, so convenient.
Even better, make it a 24/7 firework area.

As a NSW resident, I support the idea that the ACT govt provide a dragstrip so I can enjoy this sport at minimal cost.

jet 10:30 pm 29 Jul 08

you want a dragway pay for it yourslef. why should govt. subsidise your hobby? if there was sufficent deamand for a dragway then the market would have provided one privately. its not the role of govt. to line the pockets of the motorists party.

tom-tom, what leaf have you been hiding under for the past 10 years. The Canberra community built and paid for its own Dragway at no cost to govt only to have it wrongfully stolen away by weazel Smythe in 1998. So we have already funded it privately once already. Sonic has promised to re-instate it for the past 10 years. In fact he got into power by promising to re-instate it back in 2001 and 2004.If you say why should Govt pay for it then surely you must also say why should Govt pay for the Stromlo push bike track, the glass works and every other sporting and cultural facility they fund. You have missed the point on the dragway issue and that is the Govt wrongfully stole the Dragway away. The Dragway was built by members of our community at absolutly no cost to the taxpayer and it delivered significant social and economic benefits to canberra.

peterh 4:07 pm 29 Jul 08

vg said :

Have a read of the coronial inquest findings into the death of Katie Bender before you start to apportion blame where it isn’t. I have a funny feeling it will shoot down ideas that the former CM knowingly or deliberately placed the public in danger. Should there have been no harm or falling debris everyone would rave about the day they saw the old hospital come down.

As a former CM, despite some obvious shortcomings, she did more for the image and tourism than the current idiot could dream of. All Sonic does is perpetuate a Canberra stereotype for the less educated who live outside Canberra

VG, my point was that she was behind the publicizing of a dangerous occurence – in other countries, they clear a safety zone when they implode a building, not advertise it as a great event for the whole family. (who’d of thought explosives could be dangerous? really.)

Thumper 9:28 am 29 Jul 08

VG,

I was talking about public perception.

vg 8:58 am 29 Jul 08

Have a read of the coronial inquest findings into the death of Katie Bender before you start to apportion blame where it isn’t. I have a funny feeling it will shoot down ideas that the former CM knowingly or deliberately placed the public in danger. Should there have been no harm or falling debris everyone would rave about the day they saw the old hospital come down.

As a former CM, despite some obvious shortcomings, she did more for the image and tourism than the current idiot could dream of. All Sonic does is perpetuate a Canberra stereotype for the less educated who live outside Canberra

Thumper 8:25 am 29 Jul 08

Until the Katie Bender episode the canberra community seemed content enough overall to let her (Carnell) continue as she definitely didn’t do too many things that annoyed the voting populace. Okay, she painted some grass green and crashed a car, but this is small change compared to some of the monumental blunders committed by the recent government.

After that there was definitely a feeling that change was needed. And I agree, she was getting past her use by date and the hospital explosion just emphasised it.

I think the problem with Carnell was that she was too enthusiastic and didn’t step back to have a look at the situation or issue. She was a go getter, a doer, a can do sort of person, but her flaws were as I just pointed out.

Granny 1:04 am 29 Jul 08

Katie Bender, that is – the little girl.

Granny 1:00 am 29 Jul 08

What happened to Katie was terrible, and I don’t think anybody who lived through that time will ever forget it.

At the end I recall there being a real sense in the community that it was time for a change, but up until then the former Chief Minister did seem to be quite popular with Canberrans.

peter@home 12:11 am 29 Jul 08

iCanberran said :

…and yet, in the history of self-government in the ACT, I can think of no other government more generally despised and detested.

Hmmm? Carnell? She did waste a lot of money and turn an implosion into a spectacle at which someone was killed.
Yet, for all the dumb decisions she made and my dislike for her leadership, I can look back and see she was at least trying to make Canberra better. All I see Stanhope doing is penny pinching on the essentials, having little foresight and wasting money, not on events and projects to make Canberra notable, but rather projects to make him feel good inside about helping the crims and the druggies.

she was not!
how did painting the stadium grass green, putting on a spectacle of an implosion (for those who missed it, it exploded, showering debris across the lake and killing a child who SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THERE, it was a dangerous situation touted as a “family” event)
and got off DUI by driving home after the accident for a stiff drink to calm her nerves? she was only interested in her own gains. never those of canberra.

Granny 4:56 pm 28 Jul 08

iCanberran said :

Hmmm? Carnell?

Not in my observation, no. I do recall that my staunchly ALP journalist ex-husband was particularly fond of her on a personal level.

iCanberran 4:28 pm 28 Jul 08

…and yet, in the history of self-government in the ACT, I can think of no other government more generally despised and detested.

Hmmm? Carnell? She did waste a lot of money and turn an implosion into a spectacle at which someone was killed.
Yet, for all the dumb decisions she made and my dislike for her leadership, I can look back and see she was at least trying to make Canberra better. All I see Stanhope doing is penny pinching on the essentials, having little foresight and wasting money, not on events and projects to make Canberra notable, but rather projects to make him feel good inside about helping the crims and the druggies.

sepi 3:15 pm 28 Jul 08

ACT govt has heaps of empty jobs going begging.

I don’t buy the fact that 200 jobs at the powerplant in macarthur would suddenly transfor Canberra’s ecnomic status.

And I didn’t support closing schools with no reasonable alternative for the kids that live in those areas – Hall, Tharwa and Melrose. Especially when the next budget was suddenly in surplus.

Granny 3:09 pm 28 Jul 08

tom-tom said :

you cant please everybody. its as simple as that.

…and yet, in the history of self-government in the ACT, I can think of no other government more generally despised and detested.

cranky 3:01 pm 28 Jul 08

Tom Tom,

There was sufficient demand for a dragway. It was built without Gov subsidy. It paid rates to the Gov for the land it was on.
It was closed, without a cent of compensation, by the rotten little turd of the day.
Sonic promised to build a new one – he reneged.

Why should the dragway supporters pay twice?

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