Archive for September, 2008

BREAKING NEWS – MANLY INDEPENDENTS SCANDAL

September 8, 2008

In news breaking this evening, The Manly Independents Party have been linked to a website at www.manlycouncilelections.com which treads perilously close to breaching the Manly Council’s copyright, and also slanders other candidates in the elections.

Anthony Cameron, who is responsible for the website, is listed as donating ten or more hours to the Manly Independents Party on the candidate’s statements, which are required under Manly Council’s Charter of Political Reform.

The statement for Peter Macdonald can be found here with the statement for Barbara Aird also showing a donation accepted from Anthony Cameron. View Barbara Aird’s statement here.

The returning officer is investigating, however the website is not expected to last long, as Anthony Cameron has hosted it on a server in Sydney, allowing the site to be shut down in a matter of hours.

The key problem is that, despite being clearly political, Anthony Cameron has broken the golden rule, by failing to authorise the website, whi9ch could leave him liable to a fine of up to $20,000.

 

It also looks like it’s not the first offence for Anthony Cameron, his last web site leading to this result. Yes, I know it’s a 404 error, clearly something was forced down.

I’m also a little concerned about his “Fragrant B.O.” theory of political ascendancy, which is found here  (Hit Ctrl-F and search for Cambo)

For now, the website is still up, but we watch with great interest over the next few days.

SOS Manly – Tim Fiddes, or is it Tim Feeder?

September 8, 2008

As promised, the next installment of Tom’s Truth looks at SOS Manly, ably led by Tim Fiddes at the top of the ticket.

SOS Manly have run arguably the highest visibility campaing over the last several weeks, distributing hundreds of bright yellow enviro shopping bags and being an almost constant presence on the spit hill with their banner (at first illegaly atached to crown land,See Local Government (General) Regulations) and then having Deborah Mosman and James McFarlane hold the banner aloft.

Like almost all the other tickets, policy has been thin on the ground, and when it has made an appearance it reads as a virtual carbon copy of the previously mentioned Manly Independents. This is no surprise as SOS Manly is the Manly Independents feeder ticket. It is true that no money has chanegd hands between the two, but Tim Fiddes has long been associated with Peter MacDonald, and indeed Richard Hewitt, who runs on the SOS Ticket, ran with MacDonald in 2003.

On a quick aside, it seems I pissed off Roy Lennon by being mean to Manly Independents. Well, back on August 5, Roy put pen to paper in the Manly Daily spruiking Barbara Aird, so now he trawls the internet searching for a forum in which to defend his beloved leader. Give it up Roy, the leadership of Manly Independents has seen more money spent fighting residents in court than any other council, including a council funded defamation case because Peter MacDonald couldn’t keep his mouth shut. I am fiercly independent, but I can think of nothing better than Manly Independents being wiped completely from the Council.  No doubt Roy, you’ll be out on polling day shoving a Barbara Aird leaflet in my face. I’ll take it, as I need something to……ahem…..clean myself…….with.

Now, back to SOS Manly.

In simple terms, this is a well funded feeder ticket, designed to strengthen the representation of Manly Independents on council. I get along well with Tim Fiddes and Deborah Mosman, and even though we disagree politically, I have always enjoyed pleasant conversation with them. I even get my shopping in a bright yellow bag.

I wish Tim all the best, but I honestly feel that, as the capmaign draws to a close, the lack of any policy and any real different offering to the current crop of “Manly Independents” will ultimately be the undoing of SOS Manly.

Next Up – The Liberals……oh come on……again??????