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Two green ministers, sitting on the wall?

By johnboy - 29 October 2008 70

As predicted by your’s truly the Canberra Times is reporting that the Liberals have found it in their hearts to offer two ministries to the Greens in exchange for the keys to the kingdom.

The Greens seem to be holding out for ministerial levels of resources (read that as well paid jobs for supporters and party members who are in turn required to tithe their income back to the Party) without the need to do the unpopular things that ministers from time to time must do (read that as closing schools):

    “Earlier in the day, Ms Hunter said the issue of ministries would not be the primary issue in negotiations.

    There seems to be this big focus on ministries, where I think the discussion we would be having is more about the role of the Greens in the Assembly and down to the tin-tack issues of resourcing”

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Gungahlin Al 2:34 pm 31 Oct 08

Perhaps they’ve been a teensy bit busy? Meredith was supposed to be on Ross Solly’s political panel this morning too, but begged off after having been at it until 12.30am.
I reported a 404 error when trying to subscribe to the ACT media releases and it hasn’t been fixed yet. Leaves you only with the option of getting the whole country’s releases.

Skidbladnir 2:28 pm 31 Oct 08

While on the topic of Greens, why doesn’t their website seem to carry Caroline Le Couteur as a banner member?

poptop 2:10 pm 31 Oct 08

Damn these teeny tubes. Sorry!

poptop 2:09 pm 31 Oct 08

Sheesh – Tough crowd.

Okay, they could maintain a majority in Cabinet with 3 Greens. Keep Caroline as either speaker or to go on all the committees.

Anyhow sorting through the speaker being elected before the CM is a simple logic problem; which I will leave as an exercise for the class to solve.

I don’t see why having a Green CM is more of a problem than having them change alliegance whenever they like.

poptop 2:08 pm 31 Oct 08

Sheesh – Tough crowd.

Okay, they could maintain a majority in Cabinet with 3 Greens. Keep Caroline as either speaker or to go tn all the committees.

Anyhow sorting through the speaker being elected before the CM is a simple logic problem; which I will leave as an exercise for the class to solve.

I don’t see why having a Green CM is more of a problem than having them change alliegance whenever they like.

caf 1:40 pm 31 Oct 08

(Well, far from the only problem…)

caf 1:39 pm 31 Oct 08

The only problem with poptop’s plan is that the Speaker is elected before the Chief Minister.

Skidbladnir 1:21 pm 31 Oct 08

So you mean, go with the Zugzwang plan? 😛

Gungahlin Al 1:01 pm 31 Oct 08

Deadline for tonight’s media is rapidly approaching. Given Meredith Hunter promised an announcement by the end of the week, does this mean we should be hearing something within the next 2 hours?

Re: poptop’s idea – that would be interesting to try out!

poptop 9:30 am 31 Oct 08

As the poll was declared on the 29th, not much longer to wait.

I still reckon the Greens should put up Meredith for Chief Minister and see which of the major parties crumble first. They can have 4 of the 5 ministerial positions, the other one and Speaker can go to their partner party.

That would be an interesting test of cabinet solidarity!

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