As Kimba was kind enough to make sure everyone knew I was speaking to the Gungahlin Liberals tonight I thought it best to pass along some impressions.
Firstly it will surprise some readers to learn that there were no nazi uniforms, no fangs, talons, or double headed freaks. In fact there was a pleasant enough mix of genders and ages and, for the little it is worth, races.
There were numerous apologies from MLAs who couldn’t make it, but Senator Humphries was in attendance, as were a number of staffers.
On behalf of the RiotACT readership I passed on that, while we don’t agree on very much, a large number of us would like to see Steve Pratt apologise about his destruction of public art. I emphasised that real people tend to have a large number of divergent views and tried to suggest that broad tolerance was a winning approach.
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A number of my jokes got a few laughs.
Q&A was amiable.
Applause was reasonable at the end, I was given a bottle of Willow Ridge’s 2002 Tempranillo which I recommend.
Afterwards I stood on one side of the room and had some interesting chats with six or seven Liberals who wanted to discuss points I’d raised. The rest of the membership stood on the other side of the room, somewhat pointedly now that I think about it.
I’d like to stress that I’m happy to talk to any other groups who want to talk.