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[Powderworks] PG latest

ribman at manthey.com.au ribman at manthey.com.au
Tue Jun 8 17:43:22 MDT 2004

I suspect this is a candid camera moment.  Labour stands to lose nothing 
whatsoever by mooting PG as "someone we would like to have stand for 
us".  And that's all that's happened in my reading of the press.  Labour 
invites, PG says nothing, Labour says we're waiting to see what PG thinks,  
Labour gets lots of free and very positive publicity.  "Look how credible we 
are, we want PG to stand for us".  The Liberals are stuck for a response, 
because they can't bag PG too much as he appeals strongly to a specific 
I am confident that Labour numbers men know that PG is a 1% chance to 
say yes, so they have only gains to make by going on and on about this.  
My call is that this is Labour making easy press time and nothing else.  
Riding on PG's coat-tails FOC.  Cheap.  PG's best bet (if he wants to be in 
the political grinder) would be a Greens senate ticket.  Surely he would get 
a seat in the shade that way, and not have to cow-tow (sinc?) to the 
"politicians party line - don't cross that floor!"
As I said before, perhaps his "new project" has nothing to do with 
prominent public life.  Maybe he's taking care of his wife and kids.  Good 
on him if so - he's done more for the planet and society than thousands of 
greedy politicians.
Maybe the future will prove me wrong.  I will applaud and support whatever 
he does, but I hope he continues to choose his course himself.

On 7 Jun 2004 at 18:54, Tari, Vince wrote:
> The PG situation continues to cause somewhat of a shit storm amongst
> the local Labour Party members.  
> It seems everyone has had a say on the situation except for the big
> guy himself. Reports here are that he has cancelled all public
> appearances until the dust settles. Hope he pipes up soon & tells us
> what his plans are.
> Pity John Howard is overseas right now....would be interesting to hear
> what he has to say about the current situation.
> http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/07/1086460239547.html?oneclick=
> true
> ALP clears runway for Garrett's next gig
> By Anne Davies, Aban Contractor and Stephanie Peatling
> June 8, 2004