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Various Articles on 2013 Candidates #1

N. B.  These are as they appeared in the articles - either Edited by Editors or otherwise.

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More corruption, intimidation, harassment and sabotage of an Independent Candidate (alleged), it does seem odd that he would claim to be 'battered and bruised' if he isn't (he might well be, especially from the handcuffs perhaps?  Weird things happen and have happened to me around Election Times that I was involved with.

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"Great" - I have to re-type this one as it didn't save properly after I gave intelligent commentary about the article below.  Grrr.

Interesting article, on the potential re-creation of Australia's Wonderland.  It was a fantastic place (apart from the ripped off food)... I never did get the courage to ride in The Pirate Ship until AFTER I last went there - and then it closed...  Surely it was an interesting experience to also see a car that was 'jacked up onto bricks' with all of the wheels stolen off of it in the huge carpark... as well as seeing Pyjama Boy.

I also lament the 'flogging off' of Ye 'Old Sydney Town'.  That is another sad story, and assault on Australia's Cultural Heritage, a story for another time however.

It is also interesting that the Independent Candidate, Mr Khan, could not legally make a Political Donation at a New South Wales State or council election, being a 'Property Developer' and all.  That discriminatory Legislation says that it is illegal for those working / to do with Tobacco, Alcohol, or Property Development to make any Political Donations.  

I asked the N. S. W. Electoral Commission if people were prohibited from donating if they say work in a bottle-shop as a Casual Attendant - or worked in Woolies or Coles since they sell cigarettes - or if someone who was renovating or building a house was classed a Property Developer... they couldn't answer me.  Ridiculous.
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What a terrible Candidate from the sounds of things.


And for a Liberal Insider saying how terrible 'too much democracy' is (for the common understanding / belief of what 'Democracy' means = silly.  'Branch Staking' isn't really democracy.

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I don't see what being in a wheelchair has to do with anything (as the Councillor was not insulted about it) - but it helps show what some nasty Candidates are like. In Lake Macquarie the expected Labor Candidate for Charlton opted out after his convictions for bashing people up came out... and Tony Abbott - was accused of punching walls near people's heads... 

to be fair as this story is based on allegation - not Court results it would seem.

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So much for Kevin Rudd complaining and 'cracking down on' the 'Faceless Men', opening up things for the 'Rank and File' in Candidate selections.


This also shows how idiotic supporters of Party Politics are... ''But it's not about me, it's about what is best for the party...'' - Mr Drake

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More corruption, intimidation, harassment and sabotage of an Independent Candidate (alleged), it does seem odd that he would claim to be 'battered and bruised' if he isn't (he might well be, especially from the handcuffs perhaps?  Weird things happen and have happened to me around Election Times that I was involved with. 


7 News Adelaide, FEDERAL CANDIDATE THREATENS LEGAL ACTION OVER ARREST

Roscoe Whalan, Updated August 19, 2013

FIRST ON 7: A candidate in next month’s federal election is threatening legal action against police claiming he has been unfairly targetted after he was arrested and released without charge.


Independent candidate Mark Aldridge said police showed up on his doorstop around 8am yesterday without a warrant.  Using his secret camera watch, Mr Aldridge said he documented what happened inside the Elizabeth police station.  “Bruised and battered to be honest, and pretty horrific and scary experience for sure,” Mr Aldridge told 7News.


He said he was only then given a warrant for his arrest, asking for a DNA sample in relation to alleged breaches of his firearm licence.  But after six hours in custody, he was released without giving a sample and without being charged.  Mr Aldridge is running as an independent in the seat of Wakefield, in Adelaide’s north.


He said he was arrested on different matters while campaigning in 2010.


“I’m not really sure what this is about, and the timing didn’t seem very appropriate,” Mr Aldridge said.  “I’ll definitely be taking action against the police for putting me in custody for no reason.  “This will be going to court and I’ll fight this all the way, and they can keep trying to intimidate me if they like, and I will keep fighting back.”


His lawyer Greg Morcom said: “This is just another example of the police having no respect for my client’s and indeed the public’s civil liberties in general.”  Police refused to answer questions from 7News about the incident, instead suggesting if Mr Aldridge has a problem then he should take it to the police ombudsman.


http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/18565336/federal-candidate-threatens-legal-action-over-arrest/

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"Great" - I have to re-type this one as it didn't save properly after I gave intelligent commentary about the article below.  Grrr.

Interesting article, on the potential re-creation of Australia's Wonderland.  It was a fantastic place (apart from the ripped off food)... I never did get the courage to ride in The Pirate Ship until AFTER I last went there - and then it closed...  Surely it was an interesting experience to also see a car that was 'jacked up onto bricks' with all of the wheels stolen off of it in the huge carpark... as well as seeing Pyjama Boy.

I also lament the 'flogging off' of Ye 'Old Sydney Town'.  That is another sad story, and assault on Australia's Cultural Heritage, a story for another time however.

It is also interesting that the Independent Candidate, Mr Khan, could not legally make a Political Donation at a New South Wales State or council election, being a 'Property Developer' and all.  That discriminatory Legislation says that it is illegal for those working / to do with Tobacco, Alcohol, or Property Development to make any Political Donations.  

I asked the N. S. W. Electoral Commission if people were prohibited from donating if they say work in a bottle-shop as a Casual Attendant - or worked in Woolies or Coles since they sell cigarettes - or if someone who was renovating or building a house was classed a Property Developer... they couldn't answer me.  Ridiculous.

  • MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STANDARD, Sydney's Wonderland theme park set to make its home in the west 
  • STACY THOMAS, AUGUST 16, 2013

Ammar Khan's pipeline dream is to resurrect Wonderland.


The Mt Druitt property developer wants to rekindle the memories he had while working at the former western Sydney theme park by creating Sydney's Wonderland.  It will go up against Wet 'n' Wild, which is due to open this summer.  "I worked there for nine years, up until it closed, and even tried to approach big business to keep the park alive," he told The Standard.


"I'm realistic - this isn't going to happen overnight. But I'm going to go back to the businesses I've been working with to try and get this started."  Mr Khan said the project would take three years to complete stage one, which would include hotel operations, cinemas and restaurants, as well as a multi-themed attractions and amusements.  "The timing on when this $150 million project starts depends on when I get confirmation from stakeholders that they want to invest," he said.


Urban Estate Developments, which Mr Khan is the managing director for, is part of the joint development. He said the park would be "instrumental in providing numerous economic growth opportunities".

"It's time to bring back the fun in our lives and provide a vibrant place where people can enjoy themselves again," he told The Standard.  Mr Khan said the park would operate as a tourism precinct with a series of recreational tourism facilities and mixed commercial activities.

Since 2009, Mr Khan has been working on the project and he hopes to incorporate aspects of the old Wonderland.


"We're looking at land at the moment, and the ideal location looks to be north Marsden Park or Riverstone, where the land release is," he said.  Alternative land could be acquired in the Western Sydney Parklands around Eastern Creek or towards Hoxton Park.  "When I was still working at Wonderland, I was becoming a property developer," he said.


"I would think about how I would do things as manager to keep the park alive and I think I did as much as I could as a 25-year-old to try and keep it open.  "The feedback I've had so far from potential major investors is that it's a great idea."  Mr Khan said the park would have a huge flow on effect in the community, with employment during the construction and once open.


Plans for stage two of the park include a golf course and live music venue.  


"All of this can't happen without investment - and that's where we're at now."


Expressions of interest are now being sought from interested investors and partner businesses.

Mr Khan is an independent candidate for the seat of Chifley in the Federal election this September.


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What a terrible Candidate from the sounds of things.


And for a Liberal Insider saying how terrible 'too much democracy' is (for the common understanding / belief of what 'Democracy' means = silly.  'Branch Staking' isn't really democracy.


The Age Newspaper, Liberal candidate's meltdown no surprise to Tony Abbott
Heath Aston, August 6, 2013


The effortless demolition of Liberal Party aspirant Jaymes Diaz by Channel Ten reporter John Hill made for excruciating viewing in the Coalition campaign bunker in Melbourne.  It wasn't even the end of day one and Liberal Party boss Brian Loughnane must have been wondering how many other implosive candidates he has in his ranks.


The Coalition has been criticised for peddling three-word slogans but party supporters should rightly expect that a Liberal candidate could memorise six points of the plan to stop boats. 


The unedited version of Hill's gentle savaging of Diaz, who is standing in the seat of Greenway, offered up worse. Like Diaz's take on Direct Action: "We're doing more than planting trees ... we have a solar panel," he spluttered before a media handler did everyone a favour and called the interview off.


While the Liberal team in Melbourne will be scratching its head at the quality of the candidate selection process in Sydney, one person who will not be surprised in the slightest is Tony Abbott.  Abbott spent more than a year looking for a Greenway solution.


It has long been known in Liberal circles that the Diaz family has control of the local branches in Greenway, centred around Blacktown and including suburbs like Seven Hills, Toongabbie and Kellyville Ridge.  Jaymes Diaz and his father Jess, a Blacktown councillor, are migration agents and influential members of the large Filipino community in the area.


The local joke goes that the second piece of paperwork you get to sign with your visa documents when you deal with the Diaz family is a Liberal Party membership.  


A Liberal insider puts it like this: “Our problem is the opposite of Labor's. We have too much local democracy. Because of that, branch stacking is a bigger problem for us.”  Abbott's conundrum was whether to intervene to stop Diaz being preselected a second time by the local rank and file, knowing that he had fallen 702 votes short to Labor's Michelle Rowland in 2010.


Abbott blamed poor candidate selection in western Sydney, including the anti-Muslim train wreck candidate, David Barker, in Chifley, for his failure to beat Julia Gillard to the Lodge in 2010.  Over a period of 12 months, Abbott approached a number of people to step up in Greenway. They included David Elliott, the state member for Baulkham Hills and Nick Tyrell, a NSW government policy adviser and one time Blacktown councillor. Serial potential candidate Angry Anderson was even considered but nothing progressed.


When a preselection was called, the nominees included people who it can only be assumed would have made a better fist of Hill's questions. They included, Yvonne Keane, a TV presenter who has worked on Channel Seven's Today Tonight and Hot Property.  She was named NSW Woman of the Year in 2012 for her charity work.  Mark Taylor, the son of a former NSW police commissioner, Neil Taylor and Brett Murray, an anti-bullying campaigner and four-time Australian of the year nominee.


But for any of those people to become the candidate it would have required Abbott's direct intervention. As an insider put it to me at the time: “The clock is ticking and we are waiting for guidance from Tony. He will get the candidate he wants - if he thinks a female would have the best chance, that's what will happen - but so far he hasn't made any noises. As prime minister-in-waiting, the time has come for him to step in here."


One reason he didn't step in was the intra-party war that began in NSW when the state executive imposed candidates in the two must win central coast seats of Robertson and Dobell.


That blue between the Right and Left factions went all the way to the Supreme Court and left a lot of blood and wasted money on the floor.  Abbott could not afford another factional war and stood back from the contest in Greenway to allow the branches to decide.


http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/liberal-candidates-meltdown-no-surprise-to-tony-abbott-20130806-2rb5a.html#ixzz2cEE9ktN6
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I don't see what being in a wheelchair has to do with anything (as the Councillor was not insulted about it) - but it helps show what some nasty Candidates are like. In Lake Macquarie the expected Labor Candidate for Charlton opted out after his convictions for bashing people up came out... and Tony Abbott - was accused of punching walls near people's heads... 

to be fair as this story is based on allegation - not Court results it would seem.

News Limited Network, Kevin Rudd's star Victorian recruit Geoff Lake's abuse of wheelchair-bound woman revealed
  • Samantha Maiden, August 10, 2013

KEVIN Rudd's star recruit for a safe seat in Victoria has admitted he abused a woman in a wheelchair.


Geoff Lake, a lawyer chosen to run to replace Simon Crean in the prized seat of Hotham, also admitted he had been accused of stalking a political rival.


In a blow to the Prime Minister's campaign, Mr Lake has admitted he offered a signed apology to fellow Monash councillor Kathy Magee over a 2002 exchange.  "I leant over to Councillor Magee and ... said, "I can't believe what you did you f------ bitch. You are a f ------ for doing that", Mr Lake confirms in papers.


Documents lodged with the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission included an admission that his conduct had been "demeaning and degrading", and offensive to women.  Mr Lake said he deeply regretted his remarks.


"It was 'slut' or 'bitch'. It was inappropriate," he told the Herald Sun.  "I learned an important lesson that day.  "I was a young mayor and I got angry one night and I spoke to her in angry way, which I acknowledged then and I acknowledge now."


Mr Lake won preselection for the former Labor leader's seat after a bitter contest.  He was backed by Mr Crean and former Victorian Labor premier Steve Bracks.  In a signed apology brokered by the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission in 2002, Mr Lake wrote: "I privately spoke and behaved towards Councillor Magee in a way that was demeaning and degrading and could be particularly offensive to females.  ''I acknowledge that my comments were totally inappropriate and I apologise."


Contacted by the Herald Sun, Mr Lake said: "If I had used any word other than 'slut' this would not be an issue."

Asked if it would have been a problem if he had called her a "f------ bitch", Mr Lake conceded it would.


Ten years on, Ms Magee has not forgiven or forgotten.  "When someone calls you a slut, it tends to be offensive," she told the Herald Sun.  "I had never had someone call me that before. You just don't talk to a colleague like that. He was definitely an interesting person."  


Ms Magee also claimed Mr Lake tried to charge drinks and brunch to her hotel account at a council conference.  Mr Lake denied this, but confirmed he did refund Ms Magee the disputed money.  "That was not me," he said.


"She said she was $30 out of pocket and I said, 'Look, Kathy, let's not have these disagreements. Here's $30, and let's move on."

Documents also reveal that in 2003 another fellow councillor, Tom Morrissey, accused Mr Lake of stalking him, and sought an intervention order.


In an application to the Magistrates' Court, Mr Morrissey, who has since died, said Mr Lake distributed his mobile number, alleging he had travelled at ratepayers' expense, which prompted dozens of abusive calls.

And he accused Mr Lake of parking a car at his business with placards repeating the claims.


In a note, Mr Lake apologises for "any emotional distress caused by my actions".

"I regret attending the business premises of Mr Morrissey ... and apologise," he wrote.

Late yesterday Mr Lake rang Ms Magee. After asking if she'd spoken to media he said he wanted to again apologise.


http://www.news.com.au/national-news/federal-election/kevin-rudds-star-victorian-recruit-geoff-lakes-abuse-of-wheelchair-bound-woman-revealed/story-fnho52ip-1226694514695#ixzz2bWkmF2qM
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So much for Kevin Rudd complaining and 'cracking down on' the 'Faceless Men', opening up things for the 'Rank and File' in Candidate selections. 


This also shows how idiotic supporters of Party Politics are... ''But it's not about me, it's about what is best for the party...'' - Mr Drake



CENTRAL COAST GOSFORD EXPRESS ADVOCATE, Trevor Drake out as former Rudd adviser Andrew Charlton suggested as Dobell Labor candidate

DENICE BARNES, AUGUST 06, 2013


With 31 days to go until the September 7 election the ALP's campaign in Dobell is a shambles with party chiefs searching for a candidate.

It's understood Prime Minister Kevin Rudd personally intervened, wanting to replace preselected Trevor Drake with a senior economic adviser, Andrew Charlton, who worked with Mr Rudd when he was prime minister first time around.


Yesterday ALP sources could still not guarantee whether Dr Charlton would be the new candidate instead confirming Mr Drake, a Long Jetty solicitor, had withdrawn from the race.


``The ballot went to the national executive Tuesday and Wednesday and we will have a candidate by either Wednesday afternoon or Thursday,'' an ALP spokesman said.  ``We will get a good candidate in Dobell.''


With time running out, hopes were pinned on Dr Charlton, a Rhodes scholar with a PhD in economics and the author of two best-selling books on economics, would take up the job.  He has yet to commit, but it's no secret he is Mr Rudd's preferred person.


It is understood the coast's high unemployment was a factor in Mr Rudd wanting Dr Charlton, who he believed could help deliver jobs to the region.  Dr Charlton worked with Mr Rudd during the global financial crisis helping develop policies that the Prime Minister says kept Australia out of recession. 


Andrew Charlton's 2009 clash with Malcolm Turnbull: 'Turnbull called me a liar'


Mr Drake has withdrawn his nomination admitting his disappointment with the process but acknowledging it was ``best for the party''.


``I am a bit disappointed with the process, it would have been nice to know six weeks ago,'' he said.


``But it's not about me, it's about what is best for the party and the government.


``We have got to win this election and we have to win this seat.''


Mr Drake was preselected in a rank and file vote in June.  He was the only person so nominate in the ballot.  He was at one time a Liberal Gosford councillor before changing colours and running as a Labor candidate in the last state election against Terrigal Liberal MP Chris Hartcher.  He was reluctant to say if this would be his last foray into politics.  ``Watch this space,'' he said.


http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/trevor-drake-out-as-former-rudd-adviser-andrew-charlton-suggested-as-dobell-labor-candidate/story-fngr8h0p-1226692074130

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