9 September 2011

Zed and Steve to try and swap electorates?

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The Canberra Times has the odd news that despite no word appearing on the Liberals website Zed Seselja and Steve Dozspot are going to try to swap electorates at next year’s election.

Mr Seselja has represented the inner Canberra electorate of Molonglo since being elected in October 2004, despite living just across the border in Brindabella.

The ‘‘born and bred” Tuggeranong resident will swap electorates with Liberal MLA Steve Doszpot, who will strive for pre-selection in Molonglo.

Mr Seselja said the move reflected the Canberra Liberal’s new focus on community, which would inform much of their election campaign.

‘‘The Canberra Liberals team have been shaping our policy, our direction, and our vision as being locally focussed. This move is a natural fit with that vision,’’ he said in a statement.

The community is a new focus?

UPDATE: We now have two media releases.

One from Zed, and also one from Steve.

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Why electorates……………….why not countries!

Little_Green_Bag10:56 am 11 Sep 11

All the commentary has been saying that Doszpot has been sacrificed in favour of Zed, but given the performance (or lack of it) of Mr Zosselgia (or whatever his name is) I wouldn’t be surprised if he loses his seat. Molonglo has a more diverse ethnic and euro mix than Tuggers, and a large population involved with soccer so I wouldn’t be surprised if Doszpot hangs on.

Remember, the people of Tuggers (the major area covered by the Brindy electorate) voted Brendan Smyth out as federal member for Canberra in 1996 despite a solid record of achievement after winning the Canberra by-election with a record swing less than a year earlier.

Looks self-indulgent

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