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ACT Opinions

Posted on: 19 September 2012

Labor’s symphony of ACT Election promises

Yesterday, Monday 17th September, ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher launched Labor’s Parade of Promises she hopes will prove to be the winner in the ACT election race on Saturday 20th October. Like every other party, Labor is sure its promises are so good that voters will find them irresistible. But just to be on the safe side and leaving nothing to chance, it will keep re-iterating them.

That being the case voters can now brace themselves for a continuous barrage of words about various ACT services. Let me mention a few items from the plethora of Labor’s promises: a new hospital; extra beds in existing hospitals; new child care facilities; and a new mental health facility. In education there’s a promise of a $250,000 investment that allegedly will ensure the future of today’s’ children and their children. I don’t know about you but I suspect that by the time the latter arrive how children will be educated will be as different as chalk is to cheese.

No doubt we’ll get announcements in the future about how they will provide affordable housing, how they will house the homeless and how the increase in rates and taxes are desirable

Moving on to transport, better bus services were promised again, for both the general public and the disabled. And where would any ACT Labor Government be without announcements about the Arts and planning. Public art will get money spent on it. One can but hope that this doesn’t mean there will be an explosion of statues of politicians most people haven’t heard of or would like to forget. There’s a lot of them.

As for planning, the Planning Minister responsible for Canberra the Capital as a work in progress, in a par for the course promise of all planning ministers, has promised better consultation with the community?

Unfortunately, the Liberal Opposition has already has already rained on Labor’s parade of planning promises with its allegation that Treasurer and Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr broke the promise he made to a roomful of 200 property developers that certain taxes were being waived.

Later it transpired that the Deputy Chief Minister had ‘waved’ away his promise to the developers but when questioned about it on ABC 666 on Tuesday 18th by breakfast Show host Ross Solly, not only did Mr Barr seem uncomfortable with the questioning but his answers also seemed less than convincing. However, in light of the accusations about broken promises that have so damaged Prime Minister Julia Gillard and being so close to an election, it is easy to understand his discomfiture.

I am not going to bore you witless with the other promises but it would be remiss of me not to mention the promise about the greatest moral challenge of our time – climate change. No doubt there was no announcement because the Chief Minister wanted to give her Ministers an opportunity to spread the good news. And so that good news announcement was left to Environment Minister Simon Corbell who on Wednesday, 19 September said that by 2020 that Canberra’s energy will be 90% clean energy composed of windpower, solar and biomass. And the band played, believe it if you like.

Sadly, even with Labor’s new found vision it failed to realise that the best way to get clean energy is to get the young people they are encouraging to study science and technology, to take up the development of Nuclear Fusion (not fission, the bomb maker) which will provide the world with a limitless and endless supply of clean energy.

In later articles you’ll be able to read about policies about a host of other issues not only from the Liberals, but from the Greens and other parties such as the Australian Motorist Party, Pirate Party, Social Justice Party, Liberal Democrats, Bullet Train for Canberra Party and a continuing presence in ACT Politics of an Independent Australian Democrat.


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