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Who wins the trophy for being our laziest MLA?

By Jonathon Reynolds - 7 August 2008 44

WIN News had this little gem buried in one of its news stories on Tuesday, 5th August 2008.

These two charts indicate the total number of representations made by each MLA on behalf of the community / constituents during the current Assembly term (i.e. since the 2004 election). According to WIN news the figures for cabinet members (ministers) were not made available.

Respresnetation from ALP and crossbench Members

Liberal Represetnations

Whilst it can be argued that each member does undertake multiple roles in the Assembly (including such tasks as committee work), it becomes abundantly clear from these figures that some members of the current Assembly appear to be harder working and actually had a real interest in representing their constituents. Others appear to have been far more content to sit back and simply suck on the teat for the last four years.

Perhaps the upcoming October election is an opportunity for a “changing of the guard” and a real chance to flush those that are not prepared to work hard in representing their constituents from the Assembly.

Comments from MLAs, their staffers and party hacks in defence of these figures are particularly welcomed.

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Who wins the trophy for being our laziest MLA?
dodgybranchopolous 12:47 pm 07 Aug 08

“As someone who has known Zed Seselja for a number of years I just want to say that not only is he the hardest working MLA in the history of the Legislative Assembly, he is the hardest working and most effective politician in the history of the world!”

Wrong. That title goes to Robert Poole MP ‘Member for Thailand’

http://www.abc.net.au/news/australia/qld/summer/200603/s1580771.htm

dodgybranchopolous 12:44 pm 07 Aug 08

“Umm, Mary had the highest number. What exactly are you disappointed about?”

The criticism of his working in the office.

“but the hardest working team in the history of the LA

Wow, that is some statement!”

I am referring to constituent interactions AND outcomes. Not policy work. And I stand by that statement.

jakez 12:43 pm 07 Aug 08

As someone who has known Zed Seselja for a number of years I just want to say that not only is he the hardest working MLA in the history of the Legislative Assembly, he is the hardest working and most effective politician in the history of the world!

Thumper 12:38 pm 07 Aug 08

but the hardest working team in the history of the LA

Wow, that is some statement!

jakez 12:34 pm 07 Aug 08

Granny said :

Why did you not include figures for Jon Stanhope, Katy Gallagher and John Hargreaves?

According to WIN news the figures for cabinet members (ministers) were not made available.

Granny 12:32 pm 07 Aug 08

Why did you not include figures for Jon Stanhope, Katy Gallagher and John Hargreaves?

dodgybranchopolous 12:14 pm 07 Aug 08

“Having spent close to a decade working for parliamentarians (including one mega-marginal MP), let me tell you that these figures mean jack shit.”

‘Jack shit’ is a bit strong

“The vast majority of people who go to their local MP are either mad or think the world owes them a living – or both.”

Partly true

“One of the easiest ways of dealing with these types is to “make a representation”; write a letter off to someone else on their behalf, making it look as if you have done something and passing the problem on to someone else.”

Again partly true. But not in Mary’s case. You wait and see what her personal vote is on Oct 18. People don’t vote for buck-passers, and she ain’t one.

LG 12:11 pm 07 Aug 08

dodgybranchopolous said :

I have known both Mary and her partner/COS Ian

Where was that story about nepotism in the LA again?

jakez 12:11 pm 07 Aug 08

dodgybranchopolous said :

I have known both Mary and her partner/COS Ian for some years, and can attest to the fact that they are not only the hardest working team at the LA, but the hardest working team in the history of the LA. I am very disappointed in all this.

Umm, Mary had the highest number. What exactly are you disappointed about?

dodgybranchopolous 11:48 am 07 Aug 08

I have known both Mary and her partner/COS Ian for some years, and can attest to the fact that they are not only the hardest working team at the LA, but the hardest working team in the history of the LA. I am very disappointed in all this.

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:16 am 07 Aug 08

Quantity != quality. Mick Gentleman’s solar tariff work alone, for example, outshines (hah!) anything most of these numptys have ever done.

jakez 11:03 am 07 Aug 08

seekay said :

Having spent close to a decade working for parliamentarians (including one mega-marginal MP), let me tell you that these figures mean jack shit.

The vast majority of people who go to their local MP are either mad or think the world owes them a living – or both.

One of the easiest ways of dealing with these types is to “make a representation”; write a letter off to someone else on their behalf, making it look as if you have done something and passing the problem on to someone else.

An absolutely accurate representation of ‘representations’.

seekay 10:47 am 07 Aug 08

Having spent close to a decade working for parliamentarians (including one mega-marginal MP), let me tell you that these figures mean jack shit.

The vast majority of people who go to their local MP are either mad or think the world owes them a living – or both.

One of the easiest ways of dealing with these types is to “make a representation”; write a letter off to someone else on their behalf, making it look as if you have done something and passing the problem on to someone else.

jakez 10:40 am 07 Aug 08

Well I was originally going to say that perhaps it all depends on whether you are a backbencher/minister and what portfolio. However we can see that first prize goes to ALP backbencher Mary Porter, while last place goes to ALP backbencher Karin MacDonald.

One can’t possibly be surprised that Ms MacDonald would take the wooden spoon.

As my profile states, I am a member of the Liberal Party, I guess that makes me a party hack. However, I don’t have any explanations or defences to give, although I can’t wait to read the ones that come forward. I do know that quite a number of staffers and MLAs read RiotACT, especially when there’s something about them.

peterh 10:31 am 07 Aug 08

steve pratt seems to be popping up everywhere. he4 is the kind of guy that will stop in the street and have a natter, and remembers you even if a couple of weeks have passed. That is the kind of local govt rep i want. one who actually knows what is going on.

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