Mar 18, 2010

Tasmania: Labor dials ‘M’ for electoral murder

When Labor loses government on Saturday, it might look to a nine-year-old girl from the north-west coast to begin to understand why, writes Bruce Montgomery.

Tasmanian Labor is on the ropes. The knockout punch is coming. It is running scared. The hard men have panicked. They’ve made bad decisions. They’ve resorted to the politics of the lowest common denominator: fear. And it has backfired on them.

When Labor loses government on Saturday, which looks inevitable, it might look to a nine-year-old girl from the north-west coast to begin to understand why.

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20 thoughts on “Tasmania: Labor dials ‘M’ for electoral murder

  1. Simon de Little

    It took a real pyscho to come up with this tactic –


  2. Jim Reiher

    I think people have finally woken up to it. The big parties run lie and fear campaigns against the Greens and the best policy to do it with is…. drugs!

    But finally people are not being deluded as much. Maybe some people are actually getting onto the Greens web site and reading the policy for themselves. (There’s a thought!). Or maybe they see Green politicians and notice that they are good people: people who care about others and the nation and the world.

    The Greens drug policy wants to help people get off drugs. Wow. What a revelation. It wants to treat users as people with a health problem who need help (not jail) and it wants to treat pushers as criminals. (If people really want a debate, then lets debate the different ways of helping people get off drugs.)

    But who lets a few facts get in the way of a good scare campaign! Finally the day of reckoning might just have come. And more and more people are sick of shallow, self-interested politicians who lie and distort and do anything they can to keep their claws into power.

  3. Greg Angelo

    The report that the Labor Party has been involved in scandalous automated telephone polling campaign on an indiscriminate basis is a cause for great concern. Generally, most of the news that filters out of Tasmania, other than its excellent cool climate wines, and fantastic wilderness areas (the ones remaining unlogged of course) relates to the disgusting relationship between Tasmanian politicians and that big Tasmanian forest company whose name cannot be mentioned for fear of being sued, and of course government jobs for mates.

    If as reported Labor has resorted to scandalous lies being broadcast by automated phone calls on an indiscriminate basis to an unsuspecting audience including children they deserve to be thrown out of office. If the Tasmanian Premier does not know what is going on in his own party machine and he is an even bigger fool then he appears to be and deserves to go.

  4. shepherdmarilyn

    Oh dear, it seems the liberals can pull any old slander and libel they like and they are scarcely chided but if the silly ALP do it they are demons.

    Do grow up little people.

  5. jacks

    Oh don’t be so damn one eyed SHEPHERDMARILYN. If the liberals had done something this stupid they would have rightly been blasted just as badly. Remember the liberal lies in pamphlets about labor letting muslims build mosques at the 07 election? They quite rightly got the wrong end of the stick from the media.

  6. ronin8317

    To borrow from an Irish phrase : Grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented. ‘Robocall’ with negative messages requires a surrogate party. This is pure, simple incompetence.

  7. Meski

    @Shepherd: You mean if one person commits a crime, then it’s ok for the rest of us to as well? I can’t see that defence working in front of a judge.

  8. Chad C Mulligan

    Um. What slanders have the Liberals pulled out this time around Shepherdmarilyn?

  9. shepherdmarilyn

    Oh dear. The liberals and EB ganged up on Bob Brown in the last election remember? Don’t remember any outrage by the liberal huggers then.

  10. davidk

    Outra geous actions by Labor this time. Power corrupts. The Greens have complex well thought policies that are easily misinterpreted by scurrilous operators. The Libs have been doing it in Canberra for years. The fact that Tas Labor is now doing it shows just how degenerate they are.

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