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Val Jeffery to be the Liberals’ secret weapon in Brindabella?

By johnboy - 11 February 2012 21

The Canberra Times has been given the tip that Tharwa’s crotchety old fire captain Val Jeffery is going to run for the Liberal Party in Brindabella.

In 2008 Val pulled in 6.5 of the vote running for the minor Community Alliance Party and is still highly regarded for saving Tharwa in the 2003 firestorm (where the rest of Canberra’s firefighters performed less admirably in the opinion of many).

The interesting thing here is that Brindabella is where the Liberals hope to pick up a third seat (out of five) with their Zed/Brendan dream team. So a high profile candidate with a strong personal vote would appear to be a key plank of that strategy.

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Val Jeffery to be the Liberals’ secret weapon in Brindabella?
housebound 8:11 am 13 Feb 12

I live in Macgregor said :

You don’t see many examples in politics where a former “independent” subsequently outs himself as a Liberal stalking horse: Val said ”My sole purpose of last time was to get the Liberal Party into power.”!!! That’s a big addmission from the lead candidate in a party purporting to be “independent” of the major parties. It might make a lot of people who voted for CAP last time wonder why Val and his friends weren’t being completely honest with the voters??

You might find CAP is not happy about statement since their aim was to prevent a re-run of majority government from anyone, as much as that is not the ALP preferred view of life.

It has happened before, too, and not just by individuals. If you look at the last federal election campaign where the Senate, Greens and Labor were all telling people to vote against Humphries to force a quicker change of power in the Senate, you have three whole parties working together – all stalking horses for each other?

There are people – usually not ALP, Greens and Lib hacks – who think that power should change hands often enough to prevent the entrenched interests and assumption of unaccountability we see in long-running governments. At any time, it makes them de facto supporters of the opposition of the day. The Democrats, God bless their little hearts, used to be the party of choice in that regard.

Disclaimer: Disenchanted Democrat voter wishing they could come back and keep the *$# honest.

Thumper 8:02 pm 12 Feb 12

I live in Macgregor said :

It’s a very interesting story by a highly reputable journo in the Canberra Times, and quite revealing. You don’t see many examples in politics where a former “independent” subsequently outs himself as a Liberal stalking horse:

Val said ”My sole purpose of last time was to get the Liberal Party into power.”!!!

That’s a big addmission from the lead candidate in a party purporting to be “independent” of the major parties. It might make a lot of people who voted for CAP last time wonder why Val and his friends weren’t being completely honest with the voters??

It might also make people think twice about the other major “independent” players in 2008 (some of whom may or may not re-emerge in 2012).

e.g. Johnboy summed up the other ACT Liberal “stalking horse” motorists party nicely when he described them as “One Nation on wheels”… their lead candidate Burl Doble being a well-known One Nation member AND candidate.

Also, while we’re on Liberal stalking horses, I don’t mind Mark Parton as a radio announcer (although I have to admit I really enjoyed listening to Jorian Gardner over summer)…. Parton’s politics on the other hand are very conservative and very pro-Liberal. You don’t have to look far into his website to still find several photos of Mark “consulting closely with Zed Seselja”, presumably about Liberal Party policies? 🙂 It will be interseting to see if he does a “Val” and openly runs with the Liberals in Ginninderra in 2012.

Unsurprisingly, last Friday morning Parton let Zed off with a jovial pat on the back after whipping him with a soft piece of lettuce for a whole 3 minutes over serious allegations on the front page of the morning paper… Allegations that a very large proportion of Zed’s 10 staff were campaigning for Gary Humphries and other federal Liberal candidates while they were on Zed’s public payroll.

and before anyone claims I’m not upfront, yes I am a Labor voter and am so pro-Labor I work for them as well! happy to admit it. Will “Mr Gillespie” and other Liberal stalkers do the same?

Not unusual. Oakeshott and Windsor were never going to vote for Abbott. Neither was Wilkie.

Independent? Nah, just not aligned.

HenryBG 6:20 pm 12 Feb 12

Anna Key said :

I look forward to Val’s views on a wide range of issues other than bushfires. But I can see why the Libs would be keen, he outpolled most of them at the last election

Yes – When it came time for me to put my mark on the ballot paper last time, I quickly notgiced that Val J. was the only person of substance on offer.

I would probably still vote for him even if he joiuned the Libs, but I have a serious problem with the party that gave in to Nimbyism from the neurotics from Macarthur to scotch the eminently sensible gas-fired powerstation and data centre which was being planned for next door to the Mugga Lane Tip.

The Libs are meant to be pro-business – what’s the deal with them blocking development on account of selfish and incoherent “environmental” objections?

I live in Macgregor 5:10 pm 12 Feb 12

Just visited the CAP website at http://www.cap.org.au/electorates/brindabella

They still have Val listed as their Brindabella candidate. Woops! 🙂

Either they will have to update that page or change their slogan from: “We are seeking to establish balanced government” to something much closer to Val’s latest honest to god quote in our local journal of record: “Our sole purpose is to get the Liberal Party into power”!!

I live in Macgregor 5:05 pm 12 Feb 12

It’s a very interesting story by a highly reputable journo in the Canberra Times, and quite revealing. You don’t see many examples in politics where a former “independent” subsequently outs himself as a Liberal stalking horse:

Val said ”My sole purpose of last time was to get the Liberal Party into power.”!!!

That’s a big addmission from the lead candidate in a party purporting to be “independent” of the major parties. It might make a lot of people who voted for CAP last time wonder why Val and his friends weren’t being completely honest with the voters??

It might also make people think twice about the other major “independent” players in 2008 (some of whom may or may not re-emerge in 2012).

e.g. Johnboy summed up the other ACT Liberal “stalking horse” motorists party nicely when he described them as “One Nation on wheels”… their lead candidate Burl Doble being a well-known One Nation member AND candidate.

Also, while we’re on Liberal stalking horses, I don’t mind Mark Parton as a radio announcer (although I have to admit I really enjoyed listening to Jorian Gardner over summer)…. Parton’s politics on the other hand are very conservative and very pro-Liberal. You don’t have to look far into his website to still find several photos of Mark “consulting closely with Zed Seselja”, presumably about Liberal Party policies? 🙂 It will be interseting to see if he does a “Val” and openly runs with the Liberals in Ginninderra in 2012.

Unsurprisingly, last Friday morning Parton let Zed off with a jovial pat on the back after whipping him with a soft piece of lettuce for a whole 3 minutes over serious allegations on the front page of the morning paper… Allegations that a very large proportion of Zed’s 10 staff were campaigning for Gary Humphries and other federal Liberal candidates while they were on Zed’s public payroll.

and before anyone claims I’m not upfront, yes I am a Labor voter and am so pro-Labor I work for them as well! happy to admit it. Will “Mr Gillespie” and other Liberal stalkers do the same?

Mr Gillespie 4:19 pm 12 Feb 12

Frustrated #7

The whackjobs are the ones who banned plastic shopping bags and put their own worries about the environment ahead of the day-to-day needs of shoppers, and the right not to be charged for bags when the only things the shoppers are shopping for are groceries, not the things to carry groceries in, called bags.

SnapperJack 4:18 pm 12 Feb 12

madamcholet said :

It’s one thing to save Tharwa, i.e. be a good fire captain, but another to formulate good policy in government. People who are good at one thing can end up being a disaster at another. Look at Phil Koperberg – he had a meltdown once elected.

Having said that the Liberals are really in need of a recogniseable and respected representative. Zed is basically invisible and doesn’t seem to have much to say that outwits the government At this point in time they only really have Jeremy Hanson with a glimmer of hope of getting them anywhere.

It’s a pity we don’t have a Campbell Newman waiting in the wings ready to rescue Canberra. Lucky Queenslanders.

madamcholet 3:38 pm 12 Feb 12

It’s one thing to save Tharwa, i.e. be a good fire captain, but another to formulate good policy in government. People who are good at one thing can end up being a disaster at another. Look at Phil Koperberg – he had a meltdown once elected.

Having said that the Liberals are really in need of a recogniseable and respected representative. Zed is basically invisible and doesn’t seem to have much to say that outwits the government At this point in time they only really have Jeremy Hanson with a glimmer of hope of getting them anywhere.

Frustrated 2:26 pm 12 Feb 12

Mr Gillespie said :

The sooner we get Labor and their Green’s Bag Ban out of the way and throw out the Stanhope/Gallaga Labor Government, the better.

Labor have been in power for far too long, “it’s time” for a change.

You really are a fruit loop and a wackjob aren’t you.

Plastic Bags should be banned and remained banned. Just because you haven’t got a friggin clue, doesn’t mean it is right for everyone.

Jeffery would do bugger all for the ACT, we dont need anymore blue blooded conservative wackjobs attempting to run this town. Carnell screwed things up enough as it is. Glad she was embarrased with a couple of incidents in the 90s.

Anna Key 8:21 pm 11 Feb 12

I look forward to Val’s views on a wide range of issues other than bushfires. But I can see why the Libs would be keen, he outpolled most of them at the last election

Mr Gillespie 6:34 pm 11 Feb 12

The sooner we get Labor and their Green’s Bag Ban out of the way and throw out the Stanhope/Gallaga Labor Government, the better.

Labor have been in power for far too long, “it’s time” for a change.

cranky 6:05 pm 11 Feb 12

@ #3 +1

As most of Canberra’s population knows, there are always 3 answers to every bureaucratic question, and 4 crappy ways forward. May Val be elected, and, given his prior achievements, be totally politically incorrect, cutting through the BS to bring sense to Govco. Does he have any like minded mates?

For once I’m glad South Woden is in Brindabella 🙂

EvanJames 5:21 pm 11 Feb 12

Val, like many of us, knew what was coming when those fires started (by lightning, during a dry thunderstorm) and the “authorities” were just letting them burn. So he used that two weeks to mobilise his community and get set up for what came. Tharwa was already well set-up, so it was a lot of focussed preparation. The ACT people wouldn’t listen and wouldn’t help. Koperberg got the same response on the eve of the fires but sent his brigades anyway, but they had to sit on the border. So yeah, that Val Jeffrey “saved” Tharwa is widely held.

I wonder that he’s standing with the Liberals, maybe he is pretty keen on getting in, and they’re the least-worst option for being on a winning ticket.

KB1971 5:03 pm 11 Feb 12

andym said :

(where the rest of Canberra’s firefighters performed less admirably in the opinion of many)

I think thats a bit harsh.
Val obviously knew what he was doing and did it well, but he was protecting a village of maybe a dozens homes, with the resources of a RFS brigade located in the village and with the support of a lot of people (from Outward Bound, suburbs and rural). If the rest of Canberra had those resources for every kilometre of fire front then things may have been different.

He also ignored orders from the powers that be & prepared the village weeks before when the authorities told him not to. I actually think the comment is not that harsh as he was the only one who read the conditions of the time rather than ignore them. I dont want to take this too far OT but when I rang Canberra Conect at 1:30 on the fateful afternoon they told me that there was nothing wrong despite there being a red cloud heading in from the south west & a NW wind just picking up on a 38 degree day.

I ignored that & started pluggung my gutters, within 1/2 an hour it was dark. Even my parents down the coast were worried (ex farmers) as they called me in the morning to see what was happening. How the rest of the authorities missed the signs is beyond me.

andym 1:35 pm 11 Feb 12

(where the rest of Canberra’s firefighters performed less admirably in the opinion of many)

I think thats a bit harsh.
Val obviously knew what he was doing and did it well, but he was protecting a village of maybe a dozens homes, with the resources of a RFS brigade located in the village and with the support of a lot of people (from Outward Bound, suburbs and rural). If the rest of Canberra had those resources for every kilometre of fire front then things may have been different.

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