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Lite Greens?

By johnboy - 27 May 2009 27

The Canberra Times reports on how Our Brave Leader was seriously having a go at the Greens yesterday, trying to paint them as just more of the cross bench rubbish which, over the years, has stupidly prevented him from doing whatever he pleases.

The flash point seems to be watering the small patch of grass in Kingston which he is determined to annihilate for reasons best known to himself. (Although if they do clearfell the inner south’s urban forest and demolish Manuka Oval residents might start to wonder if there’s some class warfare going on).

He appears to have been particularly stung by Caroline Le Couteur’s recent observation that there’s never a shortage of water for the unwanted arboretum.

Greens parliamentary convenor Meredith Hunter appears to be used to these tantrums and isn’t taking it too seriously.

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Lite Greens?
sepi 11:42 am 27 May 09

Farrer shops is carpark too.

I dunno how the fake grass would go with the ciggie butts and other detritus from the pub crowds at night.

Thumper 11:35 am 27 May 09

Of course there is no grass at Charnwood shops, it’s all car park!

Loose Brown 11:32 am 27 May 09

They should lay that fake grass there. Problem solved.

Loose Brown 11:31 am 27 May 09

No – that word isn’t better.

sepi 11:28 am 27 May 09

He is mad to keep on about this. Public opinion seems to be wildly in favour of keeping the grass. So much for consultation…

And in one breath he says that there is no grass at Farrer and Charnwood shops, so why should Kingston have grass, and in the next breath he defends the grass at Manuka shops.

The plan in the paper today looks ok, but I would prefer all grass, as it is now. Surely little bits of grass will get more hard wear. And a few shrubs is a nice idea, but it just means the kids playing can get out of sight, and one of the biggest benefits of the current open grass is that parents can drink a coffee and kids can run around inm plain sight.

Canberra is really lacking any kiosks with grass or play equipment nearby.

LG 11:26 am 27 May 09

maybe ‘unnecessary’ is a better word, given we already have the National Botanical Gardens?

Loose Brown 11:22 am 27 May 09

“There’s never a shortage of water for the unwanted arboretum”.

The arboretum is not ‘unwanted’.

It’s going to be a fantastic drawcard for the ACT in the future and will be there for generations to enjoy.

caf 11:09 am 27 May 09

Sure, he’s the head of a minority government, but calling him “self-appointed” is overegging things to the point of silliness. He was appointed by a majority vote of the LA, after all. And even within the ALP only stays Labor leader by majority support of his caucus colleagues.

Thumper 10:56 am 27 May 09

Minority caf. Minority.

He doesn’t like the fact that he can no longer simply laud over everyone as he did when he had a majority.

caf 10:48 am 27 May 09

Thumper: Self-appointed? Last I looked he only had one vote out of the 17 in the LA that determine the Chief Minister.

LG 10:35 am 27 May 09

“never a shortage of water for the unwanted arboretum.”

zing! good one Caroline!

I may start to like these Greens

Thumper 10:10 am 27 May 09

He really does get annoyed when people question his self appointed right to rule, doesn’t he.

caf 10:00 am 27 May 09

”They’re no different to Dennis Stevenson, Paul Osborne, Dave Rugendyke, Michael Moore. Well, perhaps they are better than some.

I like the quick second-thoughts he had there. Who, out of that list, might be the “some”?

Gungahlin Al 9:42 am 27 May 09

What Caroline said.

On Green Square: the paranoia TAMS have towards grass these days is pathetic and unwarranted – regardless of drought, social spaces in green are vital for society – particularly for those in denser areas.

On Lite: Mr Stanhope seems to be trying to tap into people who believe everything’s either black or white. Most Greens and greens I know and have known are ‘triple bottom line’ people, and can balance pragmatically. And I think the general populace of Canberra are smart enough to known that, and to spot ‘greenwash’ such as this a mile off.

And there’s the thing about mudslinging – backsplatter.

Thumper 9:36 am 27 May 09

Class war?

Interesting comment with maybe a hint of truth?

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