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With the election finalised, who should be considering their future?

By johnboy - 31 October 2012 24

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The Legislative Assembly has published the finalised composition of the Eighth Assembly. It is what we expected last Saturday. A hung Assembly with the chastened Greens hanging on to the balance of power.

While we await the Greens’ decision on who will form government let’s look at what and who didn’t work in the election campaign.

Brindabella

The Labor effort down south was generally poor (or at least poorly recieved), but Joy Burch with very close to a complete quota will be happy and Mick Gentleman polled strongly for a retread unburdened by the strong Labor rivals of the past.

Brendan Smyth with just .4 of a quota after all his years banging around down south really needs to think about hanging up the boots. Val Jeffery was probably already getting too long in the tooth for this sort of thing.

The Greens Amanda Bresnan with just .3 of a quota probably needed to spend more time in her electorate.

Ginninderra

Labor will be thrilled with taking three seats in Belco but Chris Bourke, while new to the Assembly, should have done better than .5 of a quota as a minister.

For the Motorists Chic Henry wasn’t that far off it with .4, but it felt like he lost interest in the contest just when he should have been putting the pedal to the metal. Chic hooning around Belconnen in a big convertible with a couple of bikini models throwing Woodstock cans to grateful bogans would have been a beautiful thing.

The Liberals’ Alistair Coe will be pretty happy with his .9, but after all these years you’d have to think Vicki Dunne polling .5 isn’t good enough. A stronger candidate coming in early in the Assembly to get lots of face time could tip the balance come 2016.

Marion Le’s strange campaign was met largely with disinterest.

The Greens’ Meredith Hunter just barely managed to beat Chic Henry on primary votes which is something for her to think about.

Molonglo

The Team Katy strategy played merry hell with the other Labor candidates in Molonglo. If things had gone slightly worse the cult of personality could have lead to disastrous outcomes rather than be merely bad for her party with serious Labor players at risk of early exclusion.

Simon Corbell with .2 of a quota got beaten on the primary vote by his little known Labor colleague Meegan Fitzharris. It’s probably time for him to seek new opportunities and give someone else a go rather than face oblivion next time around.

Steve Dozspot, with over twice the primary votes of Simon Corbell should be feeling OK, but one has to think the party and the people would be better served if he made way for Elizabeth Lee in the next year or so.

Steve, on the other hand, outpolled all the Green candidates who are certainly in the room of mirrors and won’t be coming out any time soon.

It’s a good thing Shane Rattenbury runs triathlons, because trying to be speaker, lone green MLA, and also get out there in front of the people of Molonglo is going to be one hell of a job. Shane probably remains the best Green for it.

Who else?

I know if I’d announced the winner of this election two days before people got a chance to vote I’d have preferred a finalised result before now. Yes I’m talking about Noel Towell at the Canberra Times.

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With the election finalised, who should be considering their future?
cranky 5:37 pm 31 Oct 12

Make that CTP insurance.

cranky 5:19 pm 31 Oct 12

Smyth should certainly be looking for an exit. How on earth he won a .4 quota is a miracle.

This man is in the pocket of big business in this town. He has ensured that ACT motorists pay the highest CPI vehicle insurance in Australia, to line the pockets of his solicitor mates. He closed the dragstrip to give the land to his mate Snow.

Smyth should be under investigation for corruption.

johnboy 4:17 pm 31 Oct 12

Too early to call that for my money.

Kim F 4:13 pm 31 Oct 12

I was wondering whether Z’s bizarre victory speech on polling night was to make Jeremy keep his dagger sheathed. Now that he has not won 2 elections, when are the libs going to roll him (based on the assumption that Shane will back Labor) ?

HenryBG 3:58 pm 31 Oct 12

maxblues said :

Hooning around in a big convertible with a couple of bikini models does sound like a retirement plan and a good one at that. Of course I would have looked after the environment and bought an electric car but electricity is now so damned expensive. Luckily bikini models are cheap…

Yeah, but they clog up the carburettor something wicked.

astrojax 3:42 pm 31 Oct 12

so, noel should throw in the towell, then?

Tetranitrate 3:18 pm 31 Oct 12

Alderney said :

Agree that it is probably time for Brendan to think about giving it away. If only there was a strong candidate to fill his place. He is, if nothing else, an extremely hard worker. Government is a powerful lure.

Presuming the Greens go with Labor, it probably would be for the best for Brendan to hang up his boots at the next election unless the Libs really are a stones throw away from Government, though they’d need strong candidates down south if they want to hold on to three seats.
I think he’d be a good minister if given the chance. One of the quiet ones you never hear about due to the lack of scandals or overt screwups.

Alderney 3:12 pm 31 Oct 12

Agree that it is probably time for Brendan to think about giving it away. If only there was a strong candidate to fill his place. He is, if nothing else, an extremely hard worker. Government is a powerful lure.

Vicki Dunn likewise should go. I only wish I could speak as highly of her. The Labor team has been turned over quite a bit which at least gives the appearence of freshness. The Libs need to consider doing likewise.

There is a snowflakes chance in hell of Steve Dozpot retiring before he gets a pension. He’ll do a full term.

bundah 3:05 pm 31 Oct 12

Thumper said :

Chic hooning around Belconnen in a big convertible with a couple of bikini models throwing Woodstock cans to grateful bogans would have been a beautiful thing.

Still wouldn’t have swayed my vote but the sheer awenessness of this idea is a thing of beauty.

Just imagine having that much pulling power,i’m so envious!

Chop71 2:47 pm 31 Oct 12

….and now we have to put up with 3.5 years of crap before they tell us “We have never had it so good” again

cmdwedge 2:24 pm 31 Oct 12

Great write-up, JB. Agree with the lot of it. Particularly Corbell, he should leave on his own terms, but the Team Katy voter blackhole sucked away so many primary vote in Molonglo for other talented Laborites.

maxblues 1:55 pm 31 Oct 12

Hooning around in a big convertible with a couple of bikini models does sound like a retirement plan and a good one at that. Of course I would have looked after the environment and bought an electric car but electricity is now so damned expensive. Luckily bikini models are cheap…

Matt_Watts 1:36 pm 31 Oct 12

Thumper said :

Chic hooning around Belconnen in a big convertible with a couple of bikini models throwing Woodstock cans to grateful bogans would have been a beautiful thing.

Still wouldn’t have swayed my vote but the sheer awenessness of this idea is a thing of beauty.

You must’ve missed it…

Thumper 1:29 pm 31 Oct 12

Chic hooning around Belconnen in a big convertible with a couple of bikini models throwing Woodstock cans to grateful bogans would have been a beautiful thing.

Still wouldn’t have swayed my vote but the sheer awenessness of this idea is a thing of beauty.

PantsMan 1:00 pm 31 Oct 12

A one paper country town with a local government that spends $4 billion per annum could expect a bit more than Noel.

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