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WTF? Stanhope cares more about the Maori in NZ?

By Jonathon Reynolds - 15 September 2005 28

The Comrade has put out a very strange a press release with absoluetely no relevance to our Territory other than confirming what we already know that he is completely off the planet.

Obviously he cares more about the indigenous people of a jurisdiction he has no control other than making sure the indigenous people of the Territory are properly cared for and their interests looked after.

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WTF? Stanhope cares more about the Maori in NZ?
DT 11:01 am 16 Sep 05

Yawn. So he spent two minutes approving a media release drafted by his media advisor. Who cares?

Thumper 9:32 am 16 Sep 05


the movers and shakers in the ALP backrooms would sort him out.

then again, who knows?

gingermick 9:09 am 16 Sep 05

Comrade further establishing his credentials for the big house?

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 7:59 pm 15 Sep 05

When the comrade declares himself to officially be the Foreign Affairs minister for the ACT, then he can write that drivvle, and he can also write drivvle about Turkish hat salesmen feeling left out because they didn’t win a government contract to sell official Turkish government sponsored hats to locals.
I don’t mind him wishing her (Helen Clark) luck, but I don’t think the ACT Chief Minister needs to comment on the political goings-ons of foreign governments (unless he is the ACT Foreign Affairs minister of course).

rose 7:29 pm 15 Sep 05

Part of the (wankier) functions of a government is extending and reinforcing ties between themselves and other governments. It happens all the time in governments, receiving dignitories, visiting other cities etc. Doing press releases like this is PART of Jon Stanhope’s job.
No place is an isolated unit with no social/political/economic ties to other places.

tallian 6:24 pm 15 Sep 05

I don’t mind Jon having his say on things non-Canberra, presuming that all things he governs for are in perfect working order. Thats what we’re paying him for …and they aren’t working that great! Jon – get focussed on your job.

Vic Bitterman 5:16 pm 15 Sep 05

Stanhope is a goose. This proves it even more.

Thumper 5:05 pm 15 Sep 05


Frankly I thought the deportation of the peace activist was appalling.

But we are talking about Territory and Federal governments here so I fail to see the relevance.

As for vision, yes, I’d love to see vision, but one with relevance to Canberra and frankly Mr Stanhope has not really shown that he is a man of vision, unless you count his oft incursions into foreign affairs.

Mr Evil 5:03 pm 15 Sep 05

And I’m sure that Helen Clark will be stoked to be receiving support from the Mayor of Manuka (that’s pronounce Ma-noo-ka, by the way!). I can almost imagine her saying right now (in her usual deep, manly voice) “Who the hull us Jon Stunhope?”.

(Now Comrade Jon, you’ve had your bit of fun, but could you please just get back to filling in those potholes that are appearing around Canberra after all the rain we’ve had lately?)

Mr Evil 4:49 pm 15 Sep 05

Well, snuggle up to a merino, and enjoy the fush ‘n chups.

simto 4:31 pm 15 Sep 05

Oh, well, some of us who are single might appreciate that on a lonely Saturday night…

Mr Evil 4:06 pm 15 Sep 05

He’s just arse-kissing to gain the local ACT Kiwi vote; after all, there are over 4000 of us here in Canberra. Before you know it, we’ll not only have sheep-shagging legalised, but compulsory too!

Choice Cuzzy!

colsim 3:57 pm 15 Sep 05

I think that might just be a point that we differ on then – I want political leaders with vision, able to look at the big picture and see the world beyond narrow geographic boundaries and (particularly) beyond the electoral cycle.

(Not saying I’ve seen that with anyone yet – although I thought Keating had a bit of a vision thing going on before he kind of gave up)

Anyways, anytime someone has something of relevance to say, I’m cool with it being my tax dollars spent (that way yours can still be spent on deporting peace activists – works for me)

Thumper 3:38 pm 15 Sep 05

What the!!!!!

Seriously, he’s the bloody CM of the ACT. it has no relevance whatsoever.

He was not voted in to comment on New Zealand politics. It is a waste of taxpayers money.

Yes, he does have a right ot be heard, but not under the auspices over the Australian Capital Territory government. He was not voted in to do things like this. he was voted in to run the territory.

it really is simple.

And I think he was more likely voted in on the lack of opposition rather than his popularity, which incidentally is seemingly on the wane.

Which really won’t matter because the opposition are a useless shambles at present and don’t look as if they are going to get any better in the foreseeable future.

funny thing about Australian politics. the public generally vote against who they don’t like, rather than vote for who they do like.

Increasingly bizarre.

colsim 3:31 pm 15 Sep 05

I’ve said this before (but apparently noone was listening 🙂 so I’ll say it again.

YTF shouldn’t Stanhope say his piece on any matter of political or social importance whatsoever. Like it or not, a majority of the population of Canberra have said “we like the way you think” and as such, he has a right to be heard (just like you jr – but with a mandate 🙂

How much time exactly do you think the CM actually put into this release anyway? Do you really believe it took him away from the work of state (territory whatever) for more than a minute or two?

And what about this statement means that he has any less interest in the affairs of indigenous people of the territory for that matter? Doesn’t it in fact suggest that he is more sensitive to the needs of the indigenous. (Ok, painting a bit of a St John of act pic here I know but just by way of contrast)

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