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Liberals get desperate in Queanbeyan

By Chris Mordd Richards - 12 November 2009 23

Spotted this afternoon on the main street of Queanbeyan, the federal Liberals out campaigning hard on behalf of their embattled leader, Malcolm Turnbull. The big man himself wasn’t present but they had gone to some effort to try and attract the interest of the locals with large size colour banners featuring Turnbull.

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When asked what brought them out here at least 12 months prior to the next federal election, they were quite coy, claiming this was “standard community outreach” and nothing more. They became even more hesitant to answer questions once I postured to them that a pending double dissolution election surely made more sense seeing them out and about like this than just merely ramping up for an October/November poll in 2010.

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It seems someone in the local branch is worried about their potential performance in Eden-Monaro though, i’m 99% sure this is the first time i’ve seen any major parties campaigning in Queanbeyan since the 07 election, if you don’t count the 2-4 times a year Turnbull or Rudd come and visit a technical college here for a quick photo-op policy announcement, that’s not the same as street campaigning though.


What do you think? Is this a sign we could be going to the polls as early as February/March or even sooner for a double dissolution election? With the nationals refusing to compromise on the ETS (emissions trading scheme) and Turnbull having staked his leadership on doing a deal on the ETS, has someone finally decided that its all over red rover for the Libs as a result? Only time will tell at this point I guess……

What’s Your opinion?


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23 Responses to
Liberals get desperate in Queanbeyan
icantbelieveitsnotbu 4:25 pm 13 Nov 09

Aren’t there two State elections coming up early in the year… Rudd wouldn’t want to overshadow them mes think. Maybe April, before budget… otherwise it’ll be a full term

sloppery 4:23 pm 13 Nov 09

wishuwell said :

One thing they have going for them is that they do look like Liberals.

What – well dressed and employed?

wishuwell 4:21 pm 13 Nov 09

One thing they have going for them is that they do look like Liberals.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 2:58 pm 13 Nov 09

Thumper said :

Rudd will be returned, no doubt. Probably with less of a majority, but returned all the same.

The opposition need to get rid of turnbull if they are to have any chance.

Probably true, but who else do the opposition have? Hockey?

Thumper 2:55 pm 13 Nov 09

Rudd will be returned, no doubt. Probably with less of a majority, but returned all the same.

The opposition need to get rid of turnbull if they are to have any chance.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 2:51 pm 13 Nov 09

Good to see the opposition getting out and about. Realistically, the party in power needs an opposition to keep them on their toes. Good to see the process working as it should.

MrMagoo 2:50 pm 13 Nov 09

54-11 said :

I think there will be an early election, and with so many ex-service, ex-APS poeple in Eden-Monaro, Mike Kelly’s seat is there for the taking.

The failure of Rudd to properly index Comsuper pensions was a bad strategic mistake, as well as being unfair/inequitable.

By Who? Hardly likely that Gary Nairn will be trotted out again. There is very little likelihood of an early election and even less likelihood that the ALP will be a one term Government.

54-11 1:46 pm 13 Nov 09

I think there will be an early election, and with so many ex-service, ex-APS poeple in Eden-Monaro, Mike Kelly’s seat is there for the taking.

The failure of Rudd to properly index Comsuper pensions was a bad strategic mistake, as well as being unfair/inequitable.

eh_steve 1:43 pm 13 Nov 09

Or it could be as much as a bunch of young libs were being put to some use?

George 11:57 am 13 Nov 09

I think it is amusing that Mordd thinks he has some big scoop here. We have to put up with smelly greens and lefties handing out their propaganda every time we walk through Civic. More power to the lads for being involved in the democratic process.

S4anta 11:14 am 13 Nov 09

Turning round a corner and seeing a massive Malcolm Turnbull would make me soil my pants similar to a four year who has just thought they have seen the bogey man.

PM 10:32 am 13 Nov 09

Parties do this from time to time. Always have, just like Amnesty International or Oxfam. No big deal from my perspective.

housebound 10:05 am 13 Nov 09

You would think they would be promoting their local candidate, rather than a leader who may or may not be there by the time the election comes.

colourful sydney rac 9:59 am 13 Nov 09

It could be that they are trying to capitalise on their one good poll result that they recently received. Might also be a low level recruitment drive following the recent refugee ruckus?

MrMagoo 9:59 am 13 Nov 09

Testing the waters perhaps. Nothing like going out to the ‘real’ people to find out how they feel about the leadership. I mean its fine for these polls to say this and that, but has anyway actually ever been polled?? I can’t imagine an early Poll, certainly workin the APS we’ve had no indication and there’s not even been a whiff of a rumour.

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