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Not exactly gracious in victory

By johnboy 10 September 2010 64

Senator Humphries has been officially given the nod by the electoral commission to retain his place.

His office has now sent out the sort of media release normally associated with a sore loser:

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE GREENS SPIN CYCLE

Despite the hundreds of thousands of dollars, the dodgy polls, and the blatant fear campaign run by the ACT Greens, at the end of counting they are 25 000 votes short of a seat in the Senate in the ACT.

What must be galling and disappointing to Greens supporters is that they were duped by a cynical campaign that promised near-certain victory but delivered the lowest swing to the Greens in the country. The hubris and dishonesty of this campaign by the Greens was simply breathtaking.

Even if this race had gone to preferences, the Greens would still not have come close.

Even with every single Labor preference, they would still be thousands of votes short of gaining the seat.

To tell their supporters that they needed less than 2000 votes to win when in fact they needed more than ten times that amount is a deception of genuine believers in the Greens’ mission.

Greens supporters would rightly be very angry at a campaign that employed a deceptive trick against their own supporters. They would also be angry and confused with a candidate who:

— backflipped several times over education policy
— drove a V8 4WD yet took photo ops on electric bikes
— didn’t know if she had private health cover, but campaigned against it
— denigrated the Australian Christian Lobby
— swore at the media, and
— flagrantly wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on a campaign based on fear and mistruths and spin.

I am proud to serve every Canberran in the Senate once again, to stand up for local solutions and to be honest about who I am and what I stand for.

10 September 2010


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pepmeup 6:22 pm 14 Sep 10

The ACT Senators are voted in or out every election, so it wont be long before he is at the polls again, but he only needs 34% to get his quota, and the Libs will always have at least a 345 primary in Canberra. So he has the job for as long as the Libs endorse him.

I actually think he is a great senator, he seems to be part of our community and is friendly where ever you might see him. I actually couldn’t pick Lyn H-D or Lundy out of a line up. So at least GH is visible in our community

Grail 5:19 pm 14 Sep 10

Anyone who thinks The Greens are a one-trick pony hasn’t read their policies: http://greens.org.au/policies – note that The Greens have their policies up all the time.

Liberal and Labor have some policies up for the moment, let’s see how long they stay up. Though when the Liberal Party has statements along the lines of “In the inalienable rights and freedoms of all peoples…” but at the same time promises to “stop the boats” I start wondering whether these people actually believe what they say they believe.

p1 12:57 pm 13 Sep 10

Outta Control said :

Large feature articles promoting climate change….

Promoting it’s health benefits or business opportunities?

Outta Control said :

…the branding of conservatives as sceptics, deniers….

Without making a judgement – someone who claims that global warming isn’t having a meaningful effect (or that they don’t know if that effect will be meaningful) is either denying it or sceptical of it.

Outta Control said :

…the open ridiculing of anybody daring to question the new religion (witness the treatment Lord Monckton received earlier this year)…

Because he comes across as such a stable believable character when compared to the people who do the research which he disputes.

Outta Control said :

…and the promotion of such things as Earth Hour.

Because using less electricity (even if CC is a false theory) is a bad thing?

sirocco 11:07 am 13 Sep 10

Gungahlin Al said :

Time to go renew your subscription to The Australian.

Or Quadrant! lol

sirocco 10:42 am 13 Sep 10

WMC, I think Outta Control is doing a fine job of denigrating Senator Humphries on his/her own…

Gungahlin Al 10:26 am 13 Sep 10

Outta Control said :

Repeated complaints to The Canberra Times for a change of editorial policy to a more mainstream, centrist approach have fallen on deaf ears. On the contrary whenever you complain to them, inevitably a day or so later they print an even more extreme and inflammatory article. To have the only newspaper in town pursuing such an adgenda is disturbing and goes against the wishes and feelings of 50% of the population who are being denied expression. Not only the CT but WIN News also openly promotes green ideals and as for the ABC, well, nothing more needs to be said. The only local media which tries to be impartial on this issue is 2CC. So Gary Humphries has every right to take the approach he has towards retaining his seat. He was up against the might of The Canberra establishment – the ACTU, The Canberra Times, WIN News, the ABC et al – and won.

Wow – it’s like they are all part of some great big conspiracy against Gary isn’t it? Unless, that is, your claimed 50% is not at all the case, and that ‘everyone else’ is actually the mainstream, and the town’s media are merely reflecting that mainstream sentiment?

Time to go renew your subscription to The Australian.

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:06 am 13 Sep 10

Many members trying to denigrate Humphries and the press release are missing the point.

Thanks for the condescension, but we really do get the point. It just happens to be different to yours.

Also, paragraphs – learn how to make one.

sirocco 8:36 am 13 Sep 10

http://the-riotact.com/?p=27578

Outta Control said :

The burning of the Qur’an (Koran) has been cancelled after threats of violence and terrorism. Says a lot, doesn’t it?

Do you work for Gazza? I only ask this because your post here looks like scripted policy/media-release/propaganda.

And you’d probably want to use different user profiles to support him in one post and hint at your bigotry in others…

I’m sure he would not like to be associated with your kind of intolerance. (given his previous stance on things like same-sex civil unions)

Deref 7:29 am 13 Sep 10

I look forward to a clean sweep by the Australian Sex Party next time.

Outta Control 5:00 am 13 Sep 10

Many members trying to denigrate Humphries and the press release are missing the point. He not only had to fight the Greens to retain his seat, he was up against the ACTU and much of the local media who were cheerleading for Hatfield-Dodds and desperately wanted her to win the seat. The ACTU (or the local TLC) tried to whip up a scare campaign regarding Abbott’s plans to streamline the public service, in particular the false and erroneous claim that 30,000 people would be sacked. The unions held a rally in Civic during the final week of the campaign pushing this message and The Canberra Times took the unprecedented step of promoting the rally as their main front page story that morning. The Canberra Times has been relentlessly pushing green politics day after day for at least three years. Large feature articles promoting climate change, the branding of conservatives as sceptics, deniers and dinosaurs out of touch with reality, the refusal to print any dissenting views, the open ridiculing of anybody daring to question the new religion (witness the treatment Lord Monckton received earlier this year) and the promotion of such things as Earth Hour. Even last Saturday – after members here had criticised the paper for its hard left, green editorial policy – they printed as their main feature article a long piece about “Putting a price on carbon” and made the ridiculous claim that “after a lull caused by the federal election, climate change is once again the number one issue facing Australia”. There were also three other articles pushing green ideas. Repeated complaints to The Canberra Times for a change of editorial policy to a more mainstream, centrist approach have fallen on deaf ears. On the contrary whenever you complain to them, inevitably a day or so later they print an even more extreme and inflammatory article. To have the only newspaper in town pursuing such an adgenda is disturbing and goes against the wishes and feelings of 50% of the population who are being denied expression. Not only the CT but WIN News also openly promotes green ideals and as for the ABC, well, nothing more needs to be said. The only local media which tries to be impartial on this issue is 2CC. So Gary Humphries has every right to take the approach he has towards retaining his seat. He was up against the might of The Canberra establishment – the ACTU, The Canberra Times, WIN News, the ABC et al – and won. No doubt the rubbishing of him and his supporters will continue relentlessly until a Green senator is elected but in the meantime it’s hats off to Humph and a salutory lesson that the good guys occasionally win in the end.

PigsFly 11:26 pm 12 Sep 10

I actually found Ms Hatfield Dodds right painful throughout the campaign – it always appeared to me that she was constantly attacking the other parties (not the ALP of course) but never actually said anything that made me want to vote for her. TBH I am glad she didn’t get a seat.

Bosworth 9:04 pm 12 Sep 10

Bussie said :

What’s wrong with denigrating the Australian Christian Lobby? Since when has having an imaginary friend become compulsory for politicians?

Well done to the Greens for denigrating the Australian Christian Lobby! Now, if only Labor and the Liberals would do this too.

PM 9:02 pm 12 Sep 10

johnboy said :

She’s very proud of her electric bicycle I hear. (hopefully carbon offset)

Beep beep!

BerraBoy68 2:06 pm 12 Sep 10

sirocco, that just proves my point. Politicians, including Humphries are only too happy to provide the illusion of listening during an election but in the period following it’s pretty much a “come find me and then I’ll listen to you… maybe’ attitude. If only they would be proactive in listening to those in their electorates all the time.

I-filed 1:14 pm 12 Sep 10

Is it true that Hatfield Dodds drives a V8 4WD? Shame on her if so. What rank hypocrisy – if it’s true, this will follow her into any future campaigns, regardless of whether she conveniently switches to an electric Getz (I suspect that cycling would not be an option for Hatfield Dodds)

    johnboy 1:45 pm 12 Sep 10

    She’s very proud of her electric bicycle I hear. (hopefully carbon offset)

Pommy bastard 9:01 am 12 Sep 10

Thumper said :

What a funny old fellow is Humphries,
He gets in all manner of strife

Now that just has to be a tagline.

I thought it was a good start for a limerick, anyone up to completing it?

BerraBoy68 9:01 am 12 Sep 10

He certainly seems like a sore loser to me but then again I can’t recall Humphries ever actually saying anything positive. He was at Kambah shops before the election and seemed more interested in eating his apple than actually engaging with the great unwashed. I also loved the little ‘listening post’ the Libs put up for the occassion. I’m curious to know where this listening post is kept between elections?!

I note the CT has an article this morning where ANU political lecturer Abjorensen says Humphries deserves and should get a shadow cabinet position. A reasonable question would be why? Abjorensen’s assertions that Humphries has been a politician for a long time is pretty absurd as longevity should never be a criteria for promotion over ability. As for Abjorensen’s claim that Humphries experience in the ACT Gov’t qualifies him for a bigger Federal role, surely being a big fish in a small pond is an entirely different matter to being a small and irrelevant fish in a much bigger pond. Overall, the article makes you wonder if Abjorensen is just trying to give a mate a leg up rather than offering an unbiased opinion based on past-performance of all players.

sirocco 8:45 am 12 Sep 10

Deref said :

p1 said :

It shits me that the “above the line” option exists at all….

Hear, hear. I’ll vote for any politician who works to get rid of that anti-democratic abomination.

If it shits you both, why don’t you vote below the line like the rest of us?

bikeshopgirl 8:39 am 12 Sep 10

Spectra said :

If the greens had any chance of getting a seat, theyd get my full support, but the problem is, a vote for them is just a vote against the big 2 parties, but with a silent tick for one.

Oh Christ, and another one. The problem is that there’s only two parties parties with a chance of winning, so the best way to deal with this is to vote for them, thus perpetuating exactly the situation you’re complaining about? Do you people even listen to yourselves when you’re talking?

How is explicitly putting a “2” or a “3” in a box a “silent tick”? What the hell is wrong with people?

+ infinity, spectra!
I know people who quote the Simpsons “Go on, throw your vote away” in response to the idea of voting for other than the two major parties, not understanding just how ironic they’re being…aaaaaargh.

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