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Sign wars

By johnboy 13 April 2007 23

[First filed: April 10, 2007 @ 12:22
Second filing: April 11, 2007 @ 12:50]

Steve Pratt has blown a gasket and there’s boilling fluids all over the place as he kicks his feet and fists against the ground about “orange coloured signs” (too scared to even give oxygen to the dreaded initals “IR” it seems) popping up around the city. He’s also not happy about graffiti and is trying to conflate it with political speech where it suits him.

“The Stanhope Government, of course, is prepared to ignore community concern about such signs blighting our landscape, particularly when they have been erected by unions and political groups in ideological alignment with Mr Stanhope and spruiking political messages which Mr Stanhope and Mr Hargreaves constantly spruik. Coincidence or by government design??

“Community groups are prohibited from erecting signs on light poles even for noble community causes. But Mr Stanhope’s and Mr Hargreave’s political mates certainly can do so with impunity and Messrs Stanhope and Hargreaves ensure they remain erected for months,” Mr Pratt said.

Nothing to stop Steve getting out there and removing the illegal signs himself is there?

(And has he spoken to Troy?)

UPDATED: Steve appears to have been reading and has announced that he will be tearing down rogue signage if the Government fails to meet his ultimatum no less (COB Friday the 13th of April). Steve’s roadside discussions about the merits of their posters with burly CFMEU members will be a highlight of the year we imagine.

ANOTHER UPDATE: He’s going for it! And he’s even published a schedule:

“– The junction of Justinian Street and Yamba Drive, Woden Town Centre, on the bridge leading into the Woden cemetery, at 10:30 am

— At the junction of Dorsch Street and Yamba Drive, Isaacs at 11:30 am, and then

— Along Yamba/ Erindale Drive in the vicinity of the junction Sulwood Drive at Wanniassa.

I won’t be able to make it but if anyone wants to take pictures and report on the event it would be much appreciated.

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West_Kambah_4eva 8:53 am 18 Apr 07

Comment by bonfire — 16 April, 2007 @ 9:40 am


I loved that mural. One of my favourite canberra stencil-like art pieces. Can we please leave the art alone?

bonfire 9:40 am 16 Apr 07

saw the photo of pratt scrubbing graffiti in the ct.

well done that man.

TroyWilliams 6:56 pm 12 Apr 07

G’day all

It was great to read through the different thoughts, it’s what makes RA interesting.

The margin in Fraser is a challenge (about 16%) however history shows that MPs who become tired and disinterested in local affairs, like the current Labor member, can be tripped up by voters. But there needs to be a viable alternative and that’s what I’m hoping to be. The first step is to get people thinking about what’s important to our local community.

The campaign will be a challenge as I’m up against a Labor candidate who has considerable financial backing from the unions. However, money is no substitute for actually getting out and meeting people and listening – that’s where my focus is.

Thanks to everyone who have provided me with their thoughts directly – it’s been great to listen to so many different views.

All the best


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