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The full list of ALP Candidates

By johnboy 14 April 2010 48

With Canberra almost certain to elect an all-Labor team to the lower house at the forthcoming election the real interest is in the pre-selection to be held on 24 April (although if the public start really thinking about the implications of recent immigration changes watch for a Green surge).

The Canberra Times has provided the list of candidates.

For Fraser we have: Nick Martin, Christina Ryan, Jim Jones, George Williams, Chris Bourke, Mike Hettinger, Andrew Leigh and Michael Pilbrow.

The Southern Expanse of Canberra has a choice of: Gai Brodtmann, Mary Wood, Mike Kinniburgh, John O’Keefe and Brendan Long.


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PM 5:40 pm 28 Apr 10

merlin bodega said :

Nominations will open when the election is called Mr Evil. Perhaps you could put yourself forward? There were 8 candidates in Fraser and 5 in Canberra. Even ex-sports stars get a chance to stand. There were people who spent a long time working hard on policy for what they believed in and there were people who had been very successful in their careers. As an alternative to some countries where some candidates are arrested, bashed or killed it seemed not so bad. Stop whinging and get involved or STFU. If you think your one vote in the general election is a strong message to send then just keep thinking it.

As for housebound’s response well thank you.

Wow. I reckon I only get that sloshed by 3:30pm each ANZAC day…!

merlin bodega 3:36 pm 26 Apr 10

Nominations will open when the election is called Mr Evil. Perhaps you could put yourself forward? There were 8 candidates in Fraser and 5 in Canberra. Even ex-sports stars get a chance to stand. There were people who spent a long time working hard on policy for what they believed in and there were people who had been very successful in their careers. As an alternative to some countries where some candidates are arrested, bashed or killed it seemed not so bad. Stop whinging and get involved or STFU. If you think your one vote in the general election is a strong message to send then just keep thinking it.

As for housebound’s response well thank you.

Mr Evil 7:44 pm 17 Apr 10

Bugger, why can’t we have someone decent standing for a Canberra Labor seat for a change?

Surely there must be some idealistic rock star or ABC journo looking for a gig down here? Hell, I’d even vote for an ex-sports star, if we had the choice!

What are Warnie and Boonie up to these days?

justin heywood 1:54 pm 17 Apr 10

merlin bodega said :

….many of the comments demonstrate just how dumb the electorate is.

Geez Merlin, this is Canberra. Even the dumbest of us understand the system, and I can’t see any posts above that indicate otherwise. Perhaps YOU should read them before jumping on here to defend whichever hack you are or represent.

housebound 6:52 am 17 Apr 10

#43 – that post says more about you than the rest of us.

merlin bodega 11:29 pm 16 Apr 10

Considering this post was about a pre-selection not a general election, many of the comments demonstrate just how dumb the electorate is. Only eligible voters in the ALP get a vote no matter how much all these bloggers would like to vote for their Labor candidate. As for the quality of candidates you need to get out and look at some of the performers around. The Nationals have just selected a 19 year old university student as one of their main guys up north! Is this another ice sliding Bill O’Chea in the making. Now there was a colorful character. As for the comments about Mike Hettinger and John O’Keefe showing that failing characteristic of persistence, well it never seemed to hurt John Howard. I urge the pre-selectors to look at the person standing rather than the hackneyed descriptions that emerge from the bitter, ignorant and lazy. Bring it on on 24 April.

housebound 7:25 pm 16 Apr 10

Thoroughly Smashed said :

housebound said :

Pandy said :

Not voting Labor so don’t care.

So your vote basically doesn’t count in a federal election.

What makes you think a vote for Labor would be any more important?

The only votes that count in a safe seat are those that make it less safe – in this case it would be Labor voters who don’t vote Labor this time. Even then, those votes count only if it affects the outcome. It is almost a democratic duty – rearely fulfilled – of all citizens to vote against the sitting member in a safe seat. The parties need reminding from time to time that their privilege is just that.

J Dawg 11:46 am 16 Apr 10

caf said :

J Dawg: If you must know, I’m not actually intending to vote Labor at the next election. However I have been reading Andrew Leigh’s work for a few years now, and I think calling him a “party hack” is completely unfair.

I never once mentioned anyone as being a party hack, my point was more about the two Canberra seats being easy seats for ALP candidates to get elected. Although I would question someone who truely thinks they “make a difference” (or whatever their cheesy election line might be) in such a safe seat, hence their whole philosophy about entering politics in the first place.

Deadmandrinking 10:30 am 16 Apr 10

Thoroughly Smashed said :

housebound said :

Pandy said :

Not voting Labor so don’t care.

So your vote basically doesn’t count in a federal election.

What makes you think a vote for Labor would be any more important?

Too true. I tend to vote Green, but that’s always going to be a stretch here.

Thoroughly Smashed 10:11 am 16 Apr 10

housebound said :

Pandy said :

Not voting Labor so don’t care.

So your vote basically doesn’t count in a federal election.

What makes you think a vote for Labor would be any more important?

caf 9:56 am 16 Apr 10

Thumper: Your “point” wasn’t made anywhere except in your head. I was commenting on what you actually wrote.

J Dawg: If you must know, I’m not actually intending to vote Labor at the next election. However I have been reading Andrew Leigh’s work for a few years now, and I think calling him a “party hack” is completely unfair.

housebound 9:06 am 16 Apr 10

Pandy said :

Not voting Labor so don’t care.

So your vote basically doesn’t count in a federal election.

Pandy 12:35 am 16 Apr 10

Not voting Labor so don’t care.

Thumper 8:14 pm 15 Apr 10

To be fair Thumper, the candidates aren’t ALL party hacks

Yeah, I know mate. My point was one that caf refused to address, and that being that canberra is such a safe seat that anyone from the ALP could be parachuted into the two seats and be elected. Okay, maybe not Belinda Neil.

I shall call them ‘potential’ hacks 🙂

justin heywood 7:52 pm 15 Apr 10

Thumper said :

Sorry, you are correct. I apologise unreservedly.

They are not party hacks.

They are in fact future party hacks.

To be fair Thumper, the candidates aren’t ALL party hacks, although a good number are prime examples of the species. My own fear is that the hacks will carry the day anyway and we’ll get one more faceless robot representing us.

Peter Costello had a self-serving piece in the Crimes the other day arguing that people who had successful careers outside the political sphere generally didn’t make successful politicians. Unfortunately, I think this is largely true. Parliament is increasingly filled with smooth political operators rather than people with ideals, ideas and talent.

For all their faults, Americans look to their leaders for inspiration and hope. We Australians generally have lower expectations and simply accept what we are offered.

In my view we need more people willing to change their vote when we are treated as mugs.

Thumper 6:57 pm 15 Apr 10

Sorry, you are correct. I apologise unreservedly.

They are not party hacks.

They are in fact future party hacks.

J Dawg 6:56 pm 15 Apr 10

Thumper said :

caf… I think you need to chill about a bit.

Ahhh gotta love how some people get so worked up about politics!

caf said :

I suggest you read what you wrote back up at #4 again.

I suggest you read it again, DMD was comment #4, Thumper was #5.
Oh wait, I guess everyone not of your political persuasion aren’t worth distinguishing as real people. Sorry for the mistake, I’ll just go rejoin the blob of everyone else.

Thumper 6:55 pm 15 Apr 10

Actually, I suggest you read post #4, considering DMD posted it.

caf 5:45 pm 15 Apr 10

I suggest you read what you wrote back up at #4 again.

Thumper 1:33 pm 15 Apr 10

Nah caf, I didn’t mean it that way. What I most obviously meant was that Canberra seats are so safe it doesn’t matter who the ALP put forward.

I think you need to chill about a bit.

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