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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.

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