13 sleeps. Day 24. On the front foot

This time in a fortnight we might know who’ll be ACT Chief Minister. But probably not. We might well be in limbo for weeks, waiting for the one person who understands how our electoral system works to sort out the make-up of our new assembly.
As we enter the home straight, new advertising’s hitting our screens. New ads, same message. Labor will triple your rates.
The Libs now believe they can win government in their own right. It’s a tall order. The generally accepted wisdom is we’ll see the QE11 in Canberra before we have majority government again.
If that generally accepted wisdom holds true, it means at least one independent will have won over the hearts and minds of enough punters to sign up for a new four-year career.
Who? There’s a few who have about as much chance of success in a fortnight as I have of climbing Mt Ainslie dressed as Bilbo Baggins.
But Seselja is confident. He feels if he can win the last fortnight he might squeeze into power. And his strategy? Keep hammering the public with the ‘triple rates’ line until their ears bleed.
Today Labor called on Seselja to immediately ‘pull this misleading ad and stop lying to the people of Canberra.’ Gallagher also accused the Libs of running a ‘Tony Abbott scare campaign based on a lie.’
And, for the first time, Labor actually spelled out why it says the Libs are telling pork pies. A simple comparison of the numbers. And it really is simple.
Which makes you wonder why it took so long.
The Seselja ad says Labor has this grand plan to remove $340m in stamp duty and other charges, replacing them with increased rates.
Hogwash, says Labor. It says the figure is closer to $24m and accuses the Libs of including commercial rates and other charges households do not pay.
Both cannot be right. One party is either deliberately lying to the public, or is incapable of managing our economy.
Whatever the case, that party is not fit to govern.

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The rates debate is full of surprises

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One response to “13 sleeps. Day 24. On the front foot

  1. Difficulty is that 2008 was a long time ago and who knows what the voting figures then will mean for the results in 2 weeks time. where we will the votes go of all those people who voted for the Community Action candidates? If you assume that most of the Motorists Party voters previously voted Liberal then it looks like most of the Community Action voters came from the ALP. Will they go back home – particularly now that Val Jeffery is running for the Liberal Party?

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