PARTIES have begun to roll out their pre-election sweeteners in the countdown to October’s territory election, writes political reporter BELINDA STRAHORN. Her TRAIL MIX column will keep you up to date with all the political tidbits in the race to rule the territory.
ACT Labor has unveiled its first major election promise this week, offering interest-free loans between $2000 and $15,000 to cover costs of installing rooftop solar panels, household battery storage and hot-water heat pumps.
Labor leader and Chief Minister Andrew Barr says the $150 million scheme, expected to be rolled out in the first half of next year if Labor is re-elected, will create and protect hundreds of local jobs over the next decade and save households thousands of dollars.
Hot on Labor’s heels, the Canberra Liberals have slammed the scheme, labelling it as just another example of a “tired old Labor dusting off old, existing policies” that will drive Canberra further into debt.
“The Labor government already offers interest-free loans on household appliances such as hot water pumps as part of their Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme,” the Canberra Liberals spokesperson said.
Perhaps Labor was out of original thought? Or is this tit or tat? I don’t know, but anyway…
THE Belco Party has announced its own big election commitment to the return of the management of Namadgi National Park to the local First Nation Peoples.
Candidate and party leader Bill Stefaniak says: “For almost 20 years the Labor-Greens government has failed to deliver on this promise and we believe it is urgently overdue.
“This is not just about the control and management of land, but an opportunity for local First Nation People to have a real stake in their community’s future. It will see training opportunities, jobs and careers come to those with the closest connection to the national park.”
HUMOUR can be a hit-and-miss affair on the election campaign trail – funny that – so hats off to Canberra Progressive’s candidate for Kurrajong Tim Bohm, who’s doing his bit to keep the election trail light.
Bohm is running a large slice of his election campaign via social media, a clever move in this climate, and every day he posts “bad dad jokes” to his social media accounts. Groan, yes you will, most of them are really, really bad, like this one: “What’s brown and sticky… a stick”. Of course elections can be slugfests and nasty jokes aimed at opponents can be devastating if done well, so full marks to Bohm for keeping things rosy.