Tasmanian Times

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


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What the Libs say:

Media Release

Shadow Treasurer
Tuesday January 3, 2006

State Liberal Team unveils next phase in
campaign against Lennon’s warped priorities

Shadow Treasurer, Brett Whiteley, today unveiled the next phase in the State Liberal Team’s campaign to force the Lennon Labor Government to start getting its priorities right for all Tasmanians.

Mr Whiteley said a series of advertising billboards (photo attached) would start going up around the State from today to remind the Lennon Labor Government that its warped priorities were not good enough and it needed to start making changes to get its priorities right.

“The disgraceful legacy of the Lennon Labor Government’s warped priorities includes a health crisis, eroding education standards and special treatment for Labor mates including the obscene and unnecessary $650,000 payout to ex-Governor Richard Butler, among other crises and situations of neglect,” Mr Whiteley said.

“In stark contrast, the State Liberal Team stands for getting the priorities right for all Tasmanians, and we have already released our positive Foundation Plan for Securing Tasmania’s Future.

“The State Liberal Team has a vision for Tasmania as a beacon of prosperity and compassion where all Tasmanians have a secure future.

“The State Liberal team’s five-point plan will:

1. Secure our economy;

2. Improve education standards;
3. Manage health better;
4. Safeguard our community; and
5. Protect our lifestyle.

“The Lennon Labor Government has no vision and no plan for securing Tasmania’s future and its priorities are all wrong.

“No Tasmanian Government has been so cashed up in Tasmania’s history than this Lennon Labor Government due to a GST windfall bonanza and massive increases in State taxes such as land tax.

“Yet, despite all of this cash, under this Lennon Labor Government, our health system is in crisis, with hospital waiting lists up 18 per cent since Labor came to power and Tasmanians have the longest wait for elective surgery in the nation.

“Under the Lennon Labor Government, we have eroding education standards with reading standards between Year 3 and Year 7 slipping the greatest in the nation, and a school reporting system in a shambles.

“Under the Lennon Labor Government, Premier Lennon is more interested in looking after his special friends. This includes giving away $650,000 of taxpayers money to Labor mate, ex-Governor Richard Butler, when he was not legally entitled to a cent; spending more than a million dollars extravagantly upgrading the offices of his Labor colleagues; and whooping it up at Crown Casino on the eve of granting a licence to international gaming interests.

“Premier Lennon’s priorities are all wrong and it is simply not good enough.”

Mr Whiteley said that, initially, six advertising billboards would go up around the State to hold the Lennon Labor Government to account for its warped priorities, with two in Hobart, two in Launceston and one in each of Burnie and Devonport.

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  1. Super Annoyed

    January 10, 2006 at 6:33 am

    My disclaimer is that I think young Mr Bartlett is a bright star in an otherwise unimpressive line up, but I still dont think that you can accuse all in the ALP parliamentary group of excessive spinning. As much as I disagree with the priorities of our Premier, he seems to be a pretty straight shooter – ie ‘you know where you stand’ kind of guy. I feel a bit sorry for the Liberals as, given relatively good economic times and forecasts for Tasmania, they dont have much opportunity to offer a radically different vision. Both parties suffer from a partial suffocation of new talent by establishment figures.

    My personal view is that the Greens are, perhaps to their electrol and political credit, the most successful spinners – I have been amazed at their collective ability to misinterpret any set of data or new proposal. I would be delighted to see them in some form of coalition future state goverment to see them squirm with actual responsibility for a little while before we then swing back to majority government at the next (likely early) election.

    Super Annoyed

  2. Rick Pilkington

    January 8, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    Are you kidding me David? I know exactly what you said. I saw it. I read it.

    David, you don’t have to tell me how shithouse the State Libs are. But your party is disqualified from accusing other political party,s of spin!

    It is the height of hypocrisy. Why? Because Paul Lennon and State Labor has turned spin into an artform. Into the norm.

    Do you want me to provide the links to the stories? Am I wrong on this David?

    Honestly, David, how do you really feel about the amount of spindoctors your party employs? Can you give us some figures on how much the goverment is currently spending on spindoctors and minders, or shall i dig round for some figures so that you can deny them?. Do you think “Tasmanians” are pleased to see their taxes being wasted on such things David?

    And David we all know which of the two major parties “Tasmanians” will choose at the next election. One does not have to be Einstein to work out that your party will soundly beat the libs. Your obvious confidence about this outcome is no credit to you. And for the record David i am not a Liberal voter and am under no misapprehension that should the disastrous libs get elected they would not hesitate to indulge themselves, as Labor has, in excessive numbers of taxpayer funded “helpers”

  3. David Bartlett

    January 6, 2006 at 7:03 am

    Just for the record Rick I said that I believe Tasmanians will vote for positives over negatives, substance over spin and strategy over scandal.

    I don’t think I am wrong on that am I?

  4. Rick Pilkington

    January 5, 2006 at 2:53 pm

    I thought David Bartlett’s reaction to the unveiling of the Lib’s silly billboard stunt was a bit rich.

    He condemned the billboard as being an exercise in ‘spin’…………..as opposed to…wait for it…the ‘substance’ of Labor.

    For a party that contains more spinners than the entire subcontinent, to start condemning other political party’s for crimes of spin is probably not a good idea.

    Best not to draw attention to yourself on that one Dave!

  5. A mushroom

    January 5, 2006 at 8:57 am

    Funny that the liberals Foundation Strategy paper doesnt even mention the word “logging” …

  6. Jason Lovell

    January 5, 2006 at 7:18 am

    Well, well, well … just one day after reading that the Tasmanian Liberal’s website is an embarrassing mess, I visited said site to discover that it is now “under construction”.[Cannot actually find the Tastimes post where I originally read about this. I’ve looked about but I’ll be buggered if I can find it … you been editing on request/demand again, Tuffin?]

    Anyway, I hope the newly declared constuction zone on the Tasmanian Liberal Party website [www.taslib.net] doesn’t last quite as long as the construction zone on the “Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division” website [http://www.tas.liberal.org.au/]. As at 5/1/06, this site had been “under construction” for at least 6 months, probably more.

    Hilarious stuff, eh? Don’t forget, these clowns are the alternate government, they want control of hundreds of millions of dollars of Tasmanian taxpayer’s money to spend the way they see fit, every year. And they can’t even maintain a decent website. Not even one, despite multiple attempts.

    Utterly pathetic. As usual.

    Jason Lovell

  7. Leonard Colquhoun

    January 5, 2006 at 4:14 am

    News items and correspondence in Melbourne’s Age [http://www.theage.com.au/letters/index.html]about a western suburbs swimming pool having been empty of water for 14 years illustrate once again a vital, but often overlooked, political adage: safe seats are bad for voters. This applies more so to safe ALP seats, because Coalition voters, whatever their electorate, can more often afford to privately fund access to goodies such as a swimming pool filled with your actual water. The upcoming Tasmanian election prompts these musings on safe seats, even though our Hare-Clark system for State elections differs from those used on the Mainland.

    Residents of the swathes of safe Labor seats in the western suburbs of both Melbourne and Sydney get shafted by both major parties: by the ALP, because they’re our “rusted-on” voters, and we can parachute party or union hacks, ABC ex-journos or PC-raddled academics into safe seats, and by the Liberals, because they’re never going to vote for us anyway, so what’s the point of casting valuable pearls ? – although, federally, this has shown signs of change. The same applies to unions silly enough to affiliate with the ALP, whose officials then sublimate their responsibilities towards their members [Who ?] for help up the Labor machine ladder of political opportunity.

    If only we could all live in a marginal seat and have the main parties delivering, inter alia, water for our local swimming pool, election after lovely election. There has to be some form of affirmative action, similar to positive discrimination – and there is.

    What is needed is affirmative gerrymandering, where all electorates have boundaries which make them marginal. The electoral map of Australia might look a bit like one of the Holy Roman Empire in the 16th century, but, hey ! isn’t a full swimming pool, or a weather-proof school, a medical specialist at a local hospital, or streets which have visible line-markings worth an untidy map ?

    Come on, cartographers, your time is now !!

    Leonard Colquhoun 7248

  8. Dave Groves

    January 5, 2006 at 12:05 am

    Ha, ha ,ha , ha ,ha , ha.
    What the hell is that all about????
    Who is that bloke????
    Looks like a swarthy South American dictator.

    Can’t wait for the effort from the “other” side.
    Probably look like Mr Magoo!!
    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

    Gotta love the show….encore!!!..encore!!!

    Where’s De Anima when you need him?

  9. Dr Kevin Bonham

    January 4, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    The rank opportunism of the Tassie Liberals can be seen in their recent issuing of a policy brochure wadded with populist pro-senior policies, while at the same time their leader-in-waiting Hodgman Jnr trotted himself out at a failed rally for patrons and staff of the late Club Surreal, which folded largely as a result of the concerns of senior citizens of Battery Point. As if you can buy the grey vote anyway – have they learnt nothing from the failure of Medicare Gold?

    If the $650K to Richard Butler is the third strongest criticism the Liberals can come up with then they are clearly out of ideas and it is, as I have argued before, the Green vote that will make (or fail to make) the difference. An argument that Butler was a mate of Lennon’s is not even remotely tenable – Butler was a mate of Bacon’s who Lennon, in effect though who knows if it was ever so explicit, used state money to get rid of before the office became any more farcical.

  10. Barry Brannan

    January 4, 2006 at 4:20 pm

    Looks like their strategy will be:
    * criticise the Labor Government
    * don’t mention the Greens

    If anyone is interested, the Lib’s “Foundation Plan for Securing Tasmania’s Future” that they mention in the media release is on their website:


    (Check out their graph of the state’s unemployment rate on p10: they are presented to make Tasmania’s unemployment appear three times higher than the national average even though we are only marginally higher.)

    Barry Brannan
    Sandy Bay

  11. Lee Lacker

    January 4, 2006 at 7:58 am

    Well, the Liberal party’s performance as Tasmania’s Official Opposition in the last 4 years has ‘just not been good enough’.

    When all these issues reared their head, and they were major and continue to be of concern, the Liberals effectiveness at making it an issue was lame at best.

    An advertising sign won’t strengthen their position – although I note that I can’t see a ‘Liberal’ logo on it – perhaps attesting to the fact that they are the least popular political party in Hobart, and don’t want anything to harm their chances.

    It might actually solidify Green support, as the Greens made an effort to at least sound passionate about these things when they first arose.

    The Greens may surely be hoping for a few more of these around the place, free adverstising.

  12. Jason

    January 4, 2006 at 4:38 am

    After examining this poster closely, I have to ask if someone in the Liberal Party is a secret Greens supporter? I mean, why spend $20,000 of campaign funds on a “political” billboard campaign that doesn’t feature your own party logo? Surely the Greens will gain as much traction on this as the Libs, so why are the Lib’s failing to mark their own advertising?

    Well … maybe because Rene Hidding has been banging on so long and so hard about the Liberal Party’s “fresh, new approach,” that this return to old-style personal attack politics is a little bit embarrassing. So embarrassing that the Libs don’t even want to claim ownership of the billboards themselves.

    The obvious conclusion is that the Tasmanian Liberals are limited and even trapped by their own spin.

    And the spin itself? Well, its useless. Always has been and always will be. The association of words like “Fresh” and “New” with a leader like Rene Hidding completely undoes the message.

    Utterly pathetic. As usual.


  13. Elizabeth

    January 4, 2006 at 4:34 am

    “The State Liberal team’s five-point plan will:

    1. Secure our economy;
    2. Improve education standards;
    3. Manage health better;
    4. Safeguard our community; and
    5. Protect our lifestyle.”

    What a sad list of ripe, political cliches.

    Though the billboard featured on TasmaniaTimes looks very dramatic and effective. Short sharp and sweet.

    Despite Lennon’s – blackboard personality – the Bacon legacy should be enough to get the ALP over the line in some comfort – short of a disaster occuring.

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