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Posted on: 26 September 2012

Will the minor parties and Independents spoil major party hopes?

Whether or not minor parties and Independents spoil the major parties’ hopes is yet to be seen but if they do it will be because many voters have become sick of the petty behaviour by some members of the major parties that, if indulged in by a child, would lead to the chid being chastised. Perhaps this will be an election in which voters will chastise some members of the major parties by voting for minor party candidates and Independents.

But much as the major parties might need chastising doing so in a fit of pique is not sensible. Voters need a reason. It may well be that reason enough can be found among the policies of the minor parties and Independents. Unfortunately, whether by design or accident, the media have turned the ACT election into a three horse race between the Greens, Labor and Liberals. (I mention the latter alphabetically not in order of preference.)

And so, because media reports about the minor parties and Independents have been as scarce as hens’ teeth their policy messages do not get publicised. Perhaps the media think the former a waste of time. If so not only Is this presumption on a grand scale it also means that people in the media know better than Canberra’s voters, not a view that fits comfortably with the view that Canberra has the most intelligent, best educated, most literate and most informed city in Australia.

That said my next posts will feature the major parties possible fun spoilers starting with the Australian Motorist Party and its three candidates: BurL Doble, Brindabella, David Cumber, Molonglo and Chic Henry, Ginninderra.

Burl Doble a Canberran for over fifty years, married, with a family, a skilled tradesman and now running his own successful family business. A former Kambah Lions Club, President, Vice President and Treasurer, Burl was an AMP candidate in 2008.

David Cumber has progressed from labourer to holding senior executive roles in a number of business organisations. A long time member of Scouts Australia he has been a leader in both NSW and the ACT and also in ACT community and sporting bodies.

Chic Henry is well known in Canberra for his successful Summernats event that for years brought thousands of tourists to Canberra. His favourite saying describes the man: “Never let fear hold you back.” He likes music, politics, motor racing, playing cards, friends, travel and work and dislikes drugs, political correctness and lack of law and order. What more could you ask for in a politician?

It is only too easy to dismiss the AMP as a party interested only in things to do with the cars but the fact is, David Cumbers and Chic Henry connection with cars is ownership of one. On the other hand they are connected with community activities and, like many other Canberrans, interested only in progressing Canberra as a good place to live and bring up families.

As I sat and talked to them for three hours it became clear that unlike some MLAs they are only interested in Canberra’s status, not their own. But what I did see weas three men interested in passing on the business and life experience they have gained for Canberra’s benefit today and in the future.

Find out more about their policies at and be surprised. You’ll see they think about a whole range of issues, cycling, housing, health sport, recreation, arts, tourism et al, not just cars.


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