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Witchhunts, accusations and open warfare – ACT Liberals in chaos

By Runningman - 16 October 2008 77

[ED – While this story was posted by a new commenter, readers should note that our sources within the Liberal Party are not denying it]

Despite last minute desperate attempts by Zed and Doyle to keep a lid on things, open warfare has now developed in the Liberal ranks.

It all started when two certain Liberal candidates, bitter that Giulia Jones has been receiving the lion’s share of both money and assistance from both the Party Office and the Leader’s Office became aware that Giulia Jones has had tens of thousands of dollars worth of materials printed in the office of Queensland Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald and then shipped down to Canberra, both at taxpayer expense.

It is no secret that Giulia and Senator MacDonald are very close – they first met when Giulia’s husband was posted to Townsville’s Lavarack Barracks and Giulia started volunteering at the Senator’s electoral office.  The two’s relationship, described as ‘very close’ to a group of people that included this poster some months ago by Giulia, was cemented when the Senator first succesfully lobbied to give the unknown Giulia a shot at a Tasmanian Senate seat, and then when that failed managed to secure her a job at the Women’s Forum Australia – a Liberal run anti-abortion lobby group.

After learning of this through a REMOVED BY POSTER FOR LEGAL REASONS, two factional rivals of Giulia have been desperately peddling the story around town in an attempt to smear her out of a potential election victory this Saturday.

Both Zed and his Chief of Staff Doyle have been desperately trying to hush this up, telling local journos that it is ‘total fiction’.

Unfortunately for Zed concrete evidence has now emerged proving these electoral shenanigans – the same type that sunk the career of Qld Lib Andrew Laming – did actually take place.

The word buzzing around Liberal offices this afternoon is that this ‘concrete evidence’ has this afternoon been handed to the Canberra Times.

Meanwhile, Zed has launched a ‘witchhunt’ over the last 48 hours in an attempt to find out how this information leaked out.  All suspected Liberal candidates have either been called or hauled in front of Andrew Heath for a grilling.

It is understood Heath has narrowed down the suspects to 3 – a Liberal MLA, a Liberal Candidate’s campaign manager and another Liberal heavyweight who shall remain nameless.

This poster has seen this ‘concrete evidence’, and it is either a very convincing fraud or illegal behaviour of the stupidest kind.

With the latest internal polling showing that the Liberals have virtually no shot at winning government, Zed’s attempts to maintain a facade of party unity are crumbling by the second.

What’s Your opinion?


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fragge 5:37 pm 20 Oct 08

Love the concrete evidence supplied in this vapour-post. Being very involved in the liberals, I know of several party members whom received calls from the Canberra Times looking for anything they could use to create a farce about infighting the day before the election. They all just unhooked their phones and laughed about it. The following day’s front-page story (with a labor sticker too might I add!) was quite amusing though. The only witchhunt that was going on was that of anti-liberals trying to find something to cause controversy.

“Unfortunately for Zed concrete evidence has now emerged proving these electoral shenanigans – the same type that sunk the career of Qld Lib Andrew Laming – did actually take place.

The word buzzing around Liberal offices this afternoon is that this ‘concrete evidence’ has this afternoon been handed to the Canberra Times.

Meanwhile, Zed has launched a ‘witchhunt’ over the last 48 hours in an attempt to find out how this information leaked out. All suspected Liberal candidates have either been called or hauled in front of Andrew Heath for a grilling.”

What a load of crap. And Andrew Heath certainly didn’t go through the candidates looking for a suspect offloading smear material about Giulia. Epic Fail

ebony57 5:23 pm 17 Oct 08

John Faulkner! That was the name 🙂 And yep Special Minister Of State it was/is – was basically too lazy to write the whole thing.

dmjacobs 5:03 pm 17 Oct 08

D-Man said :

From Watts’ ‘silly’ website (http://www.geocities.com/matthew_watts/about.htm)

Political philosophy: Libertarian

Philosophical mentor: D.M. Jacobs

Although, I admit, I haven’t been much of one of late; I’ve been too busy stamping out grass fires down here in Sydney.

I don’t want to turn this into a political ad, but young Matty’s not your typical, bland, conservative Liberal candidate — far from it. Canberra could do much worse than having someone of Watts’ character and calibre in the LA.

Skidbladnir 5:02 pm 17 Oct 08

SMOS?

As in Special Minister of State, John Faulkner, specifically with capacity of being in charge of Commonwealth Integrity, and ANAO?
Hotdamn.

I find it amusing that Mulcahy isn’t trying to shut down a story on RiotACT for once, and is instead running with it, when he realises he can wield it offensively.

GregW 4:54 pm 17 Oct 08

Prime news is also carrying a similar story in their news updates, again credited to “a local Canberra website”..

jimbocool 4:09 pm 17 Oct 08

SMOS – sounds sinister…perhaps its the Suspicious Ministerial Office Supplies bureau?

ebony57 4:06 pm 17 Oct 08

Win News update has this story picked up by Richard Mulcahy, and passed on to a SMOS (sorry, didn’t listen that attentively) for further investigation.

RiotACT almost got a mention (“local website”…as much as they are willing to do?)

Deadmandrinking 1:36 pm 17 Oct 08

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

I wouldn’t vote on the liberals on policy

Did they find one? >:)

The flower-show. It needs a home. 🙁

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:35 pm 17 Oct 08

I wouldn’t vote on the liberals on policy

Did they find one? >:)

Deadmandrinking 1:14 pm 17 Oct 08

jakez said :

Wouldn’t you like to know Deadman, wouldn’t you like to know! ;P

I guess most of the policies have anal origins.

jakez 1:11 pm 17 Oct 08

Wouldn’t you like to know Deadman, wouldn’t you like to know! ;P

Deadmandrinking 12:56 pm 17 Oct 08

jakez said :

BarryF said :

Hey Jakez – can you feel that hot breath on the back of your neck, it’s going to be Steven Doyle (Zed’s Chief of Staff) about to punch your lights out. He was apparantly overheard in campaign head quarters saying, when this election is over I’ll crack open jakez head.

Nothing to worry about, cause you probably won’t see it coming.

So is it a three post nutbag if you post the exact same thing in three different threads?

I’m just wondering how the hot breath on the back of the neck comes about. What do you liberal guys get up to that leaves you open to such vicious sneak attacks from behind? 😛

Not surprising that something like this comes out a few days before the election, when it’ll take more than a few days to substantiate or dismiss and will just strike the swinging-brain-swinging-voter demographic. Personally, I wouldn’t vote on the liberals on policy, not rumor. This type of sh-t is only going to be around as long as people vote accordingly. Take a stand now; don’t listen to the BS, listen to what the party is saying.

Spam Box 12:48 pm 17 Oct 08

So, have we heard anything more about whether this is true or?

tylersmayhem 12:08 pm 17 Oct 08

Oh my goodness the chips!

Haha, this quote was not lost on me! Cheers for the grin!

Soolin 11:42 am 17 Oct 08

Oops – Get on my nerves!

Soolin 11:41 am 17 Oct 08

LG said :

maryhow said :

Obviously the Senate will have to investigate.

Keep grinding that axe mary…

There is nothing ‘obvious’ about it. To date there has been nothing except and anonymous post on an internet site. Hardly concrete…

I agree. Maryhow is starting to get my nerves.

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