Hi there. I wrote my first letter to the editor this week, published yesterday in the Canberra Times, about the Australian Christian Lobby's attack on the Greens. I did my first door knocking ever last Saturday - oh the pleasure in overcoming that fear - and yesterday I helped advise Kerrie Tucker when she filmed an election ad. The lesson there was not to be so bloody anxious and intense that it rubs off on the candidate!
[photo of Margo and Kerrie at the candidates declaration by Richard Briggs, Canberra Times]
Here's my letter:
It is true that the Greens did not respond to the Australian Christian Lobby's survey in the form the lobby wanted (Christian Lobby challenges Rudd on same-sex marriage, 30 October, page 7). A trust issue, perhaps? Instead, it replied by letter detailing its values, which the ACL refused to publish on its survey website.
The Greens did respond directly to the survey of another Christian Group, The Centre for an Ethical Society, supported by Canberra's Anglican Bishop George Browning. It seems that this time the Coalition will not only fail to answer the survey questions, but will ignore it completely.
So, Mr Jim Wallace of the ACL, if the Greens have 'showed the party's contempt for Christians" by answering your survey in a form you disliked, what does the Coalition's silence on the CES survey say about that party?
Margo Kingston, Macquarie (disclosure: the writer is helping Kerrie Tucker's campaign)
Webdiary's resident satirist Peter 'Jack' Woodforde followed up my effort with a good one which made the Canberra Times today:
If Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby reckons he can crucify Kerrie Tucker at the coming poll with disingenuous and slanted media statements, he might have another thing coming (Christian lobby challenges Rudd on same-sex marriages, October 30, p7). Many of us Christians have great admiration for Tucker and also enjoy her respect and support.
So put away your hammer and nails, Wallace. And let your Temple Guard celebrate the Passover with gritted teeth, if not dignity and grace.
Jack Woodforde, Melba
Now for the big news. Webdiary's candidate for Wentworth, Malcolm B Duncan, got off to a great start media wise yesterday, when he made the Sydney Morning Herald's election column 'The Stump':
Malcolms in the muddle
Another serial failed NSW candidate, Malcolm Duncan, is to make a fourth entry into the political fray. He said he had nominated for Wentworth yesterday and his first act was to complain verbally to the returning officer that Lucy Turnbull's heart-warming letter to voters about her husband, the candidate Malcolm Turnbull, had breached the Electoral Act.
"It was not authorised, it did not carry the name and address of the printer, which is a requirement of the act," said Duncan, a barrister who last state election stood for the seat of Sydney after a long and futile campaign against the Kings Cross supervised injecting centre, and two other unsuccessful tilts at Macquarie Street.
Meanwhile, conservationists were less than impressed that the wife of the Minister for the Environment had not only recycled the sentiments she peddled in 2004, when Turnbull battled the dumped Liberal MP Peter King, but her latest letter, although on recycled paper, was planet unfriendly because it was not printed on both sides.
Well done Malcolm. I trust you will be officially complaining to the Electoral Commissioner - I look forward to the result. Those interested in Lucy's letter will find suggestions for the tune and lyrics in comments to 'Vote the bastards out'.