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Liberals on the GDE Collapse

By johnboy - 18 August 2010 41

The Gungahlin Drive bridge collapse happened on Saturday afternoon.

By Tuesday afternoon, between 4.40pm and 5pm they managed to put their response online (dated 16 August mind you):

“I was shocked to see the images of the bridge collapse. It is a terrible situation and on behalf of the Canberra Liberals, I would like to pass on our thoughts to the workers injured and their families,” Zed said.

“It will obviously take some time for the investigations to take place but it is vital a thorough inquiry from Workcover and the relevant Government authorities is conducted to get to the bottom of how this terrible incident occurred.

Surprisingly no reference to mum or apple pie.

It should be noted however that, failure being an orphan and all, my Stanhope has to date had nothing to say at all, not even a statement of sympathy, for the biggest story of the month, possibly the year involving his portfolio.

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41 Responses to
Liberals on the GDE Collapse
Ari 12:06 pm 18 Aug 10

johnboy said :

Ari said :

Here’s a thought. You could give Stanhope’s office a call yourself and get your very own personal statement, rather than railing about the lack of media releases.

Because I’m after a public record open to all, not going on the preferential drip feed with all the corruption that follows from it.

There’s no media outlet in this town with a real reach of more than 10% of the population. Private statements to selected tame journos are worthless IMHO.

Nice justification for laziness there.

johnboy 11:58 am 18 Aug 10

amarooresident3 said :

Nonetheless, your story gives the impression that Stanhope has said nothing on this issue, when quite clearly he has. Arguing that statements that have been reported in the newspaper, on TV and radio do not constitute public statements is just silly.

My story correctly notes that no media statement has been made to the public.

johnboy 11:58 am 18 Aug 10

Ari said :

Here’s a thought. You could give Stanhope’s office a call yourself and get your very own personal statement, rather than railing about the lack of media releases.

Because I’m after a public record open to all, not going on the preferential drip feed with all the corruption that follows from it.

There’s no media outlet in this town with a real reach of more than 10% of the population. Private statements to selected tame journos are worthless IMHO.

Ari 11:53 am 18 Aug 10

Here’s a thought. You could give Stanhope’s office a call yourself and get your very own personal statement, rather than railing about the lack of media releases.

amarooresident3 11:40 am 18 Aug 10

Nonetheless, your story gives the impression that Stanhope has said nothing on this issue, when quite clearly he has. Arguing that statements that have been reported in the newspaper, on TV and radio do not constitute public statements is just silly.

Thoroughly Smashed 11:24 am 18 Aug 10

JessP said :

Shame Stanhopeless SHAME

Is that you Derryn Hinch?

johnboy 11:04 am 18 Aug 10

Holierthanthou said :

If you’re already in the news about an issue you don’t actually need to do a media release. Media releases are what you release when the media aren’t reporting on an issue or you want to make pre-emptive attempt to make them want them to report. Zed had to a media release because he wasn’t already in the media about this issue.

if you labour under the misapprehension that media is monolithic then perhaps this approach is valid.

Holierthanthou 10:56 am 18 Aug 10

If you’re already in the news about an issue you don’t actually need to do a media release. Media releases are what you release when the media aren’t reporting on an issue or you want to make pre-emptive attempt to make them want them to report. Zed had to a media release because he wasn’t already in the media about this issue.

Me no fry 10:42 am 18 Aug 10

I’m kind of glad that Stanhope hasn’t appeared on TV yet to talk about the bridge collapse – not sure I could stand another one of his displays of borderline-lachrymose self-righteous indignation.

This Labor government has been, in my opinion, the worst government we’ve had. Nothing they do is right – they concede nothing without petty, mean-spirited argument and seem to have no realistic plans for the future (beyond unachievable utopian plans like No Waste 2010, and that cobbled-together piece of dreck Stanhope calls Vision Zero). They clearly don’t understand the concept of rational forward planning, as witnessed by the GDE (I mean the original road) which absolutely everybody in Canberra could have told them needed to be 2 lanes right from the start.

I’m not sure the Liberals could have done any worse. Perhaps somebody could wake Zed up and see if he’s interested in winning the top spot at the next election.

johnboy 9:40 am 18 Aug 10

Statements to select media do not equal public statements.

He gets out a media release for every tree planted at the arboretum.

amarooresident3 9:34 am 18 Aug 10

Stanhope was in Sundays CT expressing sympathy etc. He was also at the site on Sat. afternoon.

pajs 9:04 am 18 Aug 10

Stanhope has done statements to television on the bridge collapse.

Thumper 8:58 am 18 Aug 10

We need a Generational Change

Be careful what you wish for.

Katy with the reverse Midas touch is next in line.

JessP 8:58 am 18 Aug 10

Shame Stanhopeless SHAME

Pandy 8:47 am 18 Aug 10

Stanhope is a benevolant dictator, that eats feral cats while erecting grandiose memorials to his reign.

We need a Generational Change.

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