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So what happens next?

By johnboy 20 October 2008 64

Jon Stanhope’s never been a skilled negotiator. His latest effort as reported by the ABC is to demand the Greens respect his 37.4% of the vote as a right to rule.

Meanwhile in the Canberra Times Zed appears to be challenging Shane Rattenbury to be a man. More generally though he’s sounding keen to do a deal. Far keener than the shrill commands coming from the Labor camp.

The Greens are just thrilled to have realised their potential and haven’t given up (with some good reason) on the fourth seat coming home to them.

But when does the new Assembly actually meet and formalise the victor by voting for a Chief Minister?

The helpful Assembly secretariat informs us that the Assembly will sit within 7 days of the declaration of the poll. The Elections ACT’s site says that they’ll be able to declare the poll “around 2 to 3 weeks after polling day”. If the electronic scanning of ballots works as planned it might go quicker. (Having a lot of experience with OCR I’m not so confident but would be happy to be corrected)

With things in flux it could drag on for a month I’m afraid.

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Thumper 8:09 pm 21 Oct 08

Man, if I were Big Bill and someone offered me a choice, high paying position whilst I was in the twilight of my working life I’d be taking it as well….

thetruth 7:58 pm 21 Oct 08

I am not suggesting that labor stole the election.

If you are telling me that he is the best person for the job – then there should be no issue putting it under the microscope.

Was anyone else considered?

Smacks of political opportunism designed to use the public purse to make political headway very close to an election.

This article by Moore (of all people) sums up my concerns – http://www.citynews.com.au/index.php/content/article/the_lumpy_ethics_of_clever_politics/

tom-tom 7:37 pm 21 Oct 08

thetruth; stefaniak sought out a new job, when a suitable position appeared he applied for it and given his qualifications and expereince got the job. there has been no suggestion (apart from that you are creating) that stefaniak didn’t get the job on his merits. there is no conspiracy.

your whole speil reeks of sour grapes; surely your time would be better spent looking at why the liberal’s policies/message failed to strike a chord with voters rather then desperately trying to find a way labor ‘stole’ the election.

thetruth 7:12 pm 21 Oct 08

What about statues of Al Grassby sleeping with town planners??

Maybe I will go to ACA/TT with that one

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