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State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 06/11/14

By John Hope - 6 November 2014 2

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Kate Lundy’s ALIVE!

Lame duck Senator Kate Lundy arose from her year-long slumber this week to defend Australia’s women and men in uniform. The powerful political charge was made in a Facebook message where she wrote, “Tony Abbott is offering Australian Defence personnel an effective pay-cut whilst at the same time his government is shovelling money to big polluters through his deeply flawed ‘Direct Action’ scheme and giving mining companies a tax cut through his dodgy deal with Clive Palmer”. Lundy will often wax mind-numbingly that she has spent the bulk of her political career in Opposition. Perhaps she has finally bored herself out of a job. What we do know is that Kate is looking for her replacement. What we don’t know is who, exactly, is being groomed.

Canberra consumed by grass

If you’ve been paying attention to local radio, the Canberra Times, or vocal minorities, you will have noticed that there is a bit of conjecture about the length of Canberra’s grass. Although Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury has endured a grilling by the maladroit Opposition backbench, the grass just seems to grow faster than the minister can cut it. TAMS has assured Canberrans that it is doing its absolute best to get around to mowing all the parks and reserves as quickly as they can. Miraculously, the closer one gets to the spick-and-span city, the trimmer the grass becomes. If only Canberra was talking about a different type of grass Rattenbury sighs.

Light Rail… ta da!

The ACT Government has uncovered its long-awaited and all convincing business case for the light rail project. Authored by Ernst and Young on behalf of Capital Metro, the analysis is fraught with neatly measured minutes and long-term projections that quantify into a sleek cost benefit ratio of 1:2… of… $800,000,000. A cranky Alistair Coe lamented on twitter that he was locked out of the conference room when the paper was announced to the press – an insult that I’m sure will only steel his conviction to derail the Labor/Green alliance. I suppose no one can lose their train of thought in an election of one-liners, and that’s exactly what 2016 will bring.

Canberra farewells Gough

Yesterday Canberrans congregated in Old Parliament’s King’s Hall to give a final farewell and celebrate the life of Gough Whitlam. Simulcast across Australia from Sydney Town Hall, rousing tributes were delivered by John Faulkner, Whitlam’s former speech writer Graham Freudenberg, Noel Pearson, Cate Blanchett and Mr Whitlam’s first-born son Tony Whitlam QC.

On the federal note…

Thanks for nothing for once again letting the people of Canberra down regarding the Mr Fluffy Crisis. With a population similar to Tasmania, surely it’s time that the ACT received fairer representation on the hill.

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State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 06/11/14
dungfungus 11:05 pm 06 Nov 14

HenryBaits said :

I don’t think that’s fair on Kate Lundy. Lundy has been a conscientious worker for the people of the ACT. Everyone has to move on at some time though.

Gary Humphries wouldn’t agree with you on that.

HenryBaits 9:21 pm 06 Nov 14

I don’t think that’s fair on Kate Lundy. Lundy has been a conscientious worker for the people of the ACT. Everyone has to move on at some time though.

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