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The Greens speak on the Brett Chant Facebook affair

By johnboy - 29 April 2009 19

The Greens have broken their silence on the sad sorry saga of Liberal staffer Brett Chant and Facebook:

    The ACT Greens have welcomed Mr Shant’s apology for his offensive posts on a Facebook page during the ACT election, but are concerned that such comments are not uncommon in politics today and reflects more on the values of such groups than it does on the judgement of one advisor.

    “I have received Mr Shant’s apology and I trust this whole sequence of events has given him cause to reflect” Greens MLA and Speaker Mr Shane Rattenbury said today.

    “This kind of behaviour reflects poorly on the Liberal Party” ACT Greens Parliamentary Convener Meredith Hunter added. “Not only are these comments childish, they also demonstrate very poor judgement. It’s a shame that we have to have these conversations when there are real and substantial policy debates that we should be having.”

The only side to be acting like grown ups through this business.

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19 Responses to
The Greens speak on the Brett Chant Facebook affair
Roland GRNS 5:12 pm 01 May 09

Jackal was right. sorry about late post of last Friday’s media release sent out publicly to other media, subscribers, and Greens members.

Sorry to Brett about getting his surname wrong, too.

jakez 4:10 pm 30 Apr 09

MrPC said :

The Liberal Party appointed the people that hired someone without communicating or monitoring policy on appropriate public discourse. The entire Liberal Party does have at least some responsibility. Vote wiser next time when it comes to branch meetings and appointments to the party machine.

The collectivism is strong in this one.

RayP 10:23 am 30 Apr 09

I think that Rattenbury’s statement is good.

Otherwise, I think that it would be sensible for the Greens to be building relationships with the Liberals.

Some of the positive initiatives of this Assembly have come from the Greens supporting the Liberals, e.g. on FOI and government political advertising.

MrPC 8:27 am 30 Apr 09

The Liberal Party appointed the people that hired someone without communicating or monitoring policy on appropriate public discourse. The entire Liberal Party does have at least some responsibility. Vote wiser next time when it comes to branch meetings and appointments to the party machine.

vg 7:48 am 30 Apr 09

Clown Killer said :

I like the way that the Greens can’t help but try and tar the whole Liberal party with the innocuous deeds of one employee.

This doesn’t strike me as the sort of desperate grasp for relevance that Rattenbury would have run with if he had a choice. This has incompetence wriiten all over it – I guess that there’s a price to be paid when you’re the pussy-whipped token bloke on a ticket of unsuspectingly fortunate also-rans.

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YapYapYap 10:39 pm 29 Apr 09

I’ve a chant for you: ‘What do we want? More truth! When do we want it? When Chant sprays the complete-waste-of space-Greens one more time!’

And one more: ‘What do we want? Law n order Zed to can the hypocrisy!

Sack Chant and sack the Greens

Clown Killer 7:40 pm 29 Apr 09

I like the way that the Greens can’t help but try and tar the whole Liberal party with the innocuous deeds of one employee.

This doesn’t strike me as the sort of desperate grasp for relevance that Rattenbury would have run with if he had a choice. This has incompetence wriiten all over it – I guess that there’s a price to be paid when you’re the pussy-whipped token bloke on a ticket of unsuspectingly fortunate also-rans.

jackal 6:27 pm 29 Apr 09

it is possible that the full statement was actually available to the media on the day their comments were reported, but it was quoted selectively and it has only just appeared online.

Digga 4:24 pm 29 Apr 09

The Greens are the Labor party partners, so no wonder they go in for a more direct angle that all the Liberal party has issues based on one staffer’s comments (apologised for).

Far more damaging to just imply the whole of the other side of the Assembly is all screwed up, so stick with ALP+Greens.

Gungahlin Al 4:23 pm 29 Apr 09

Fair ’nuff

johnboy 4:16 pm 29 Apr 09

One off media comment is no substitute for a public statement putting a position on record for all.

Gungahlin Al 4:14 pm 29 Apr 09

To be fair, the Greens haven’t really ‘broken their silence’. They were quoted in CT on the day it all came out as accepting the apology and wanting the Assembly to focus on more substantive issues. I guess it got drowned in Zed’s comments and they felt it needed reiterating?

And given that Zed has been handing out all sorts of advice to the Greens and ALP on how things should be done better, not surprising.

johnboy 3:32 pm 29 Apr 09

Seeing as I stuck up for his continued employment that would have been very, very silly of him.

grundy 3:30 pm 29 Apr 09

I reckon it was Brett that found those pics on the RA server… payback for JB publishing Brett’s stupidity here. 🙂

peterh 3:22 pm 29 Apr 09

It would have been nice for the greens to spell his name right, wouldn’t it?

he shant be doing it again…

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