Catherine Ng spits the dummy deflecting attention from her own running mate’s support

Catherine Ng, one of John So’s refugees recently generated headlines in the news by claiming a conspiracy theory of “dummy candidates”.

First we need to make it clear that “dummies” as they call them are legitimate players in the political process. Who is to sit in judgment that person A or group B should not have a right to stand for public office.As long as they do so of their own free will and and not coerced of forced to stand then it is every persons right to stand for public office. The fact that by nominating they have a chance to influence the outcome of an election is the democratic right to do so.in the end it is the voters that have the ultimate say ion who they vote for and for what reasons. It is the voters who decide who they will preference in and in what order. All the candidate can do is make a recommendation.

A review of the names and grouping of the Lord Mayor’s ticket has indicated that Catherine Ng has negotiated the candidacy and support of Robert King Crawford. Robert who is considered by many insiders to be running as a preference feeder for Catherine Ng. His campaign Manager is listed in the VEC nominations as Andrew Miles who is also listed a the manager of Wellington Lee’s ticket. Wellington suffered a major setback in his campaign when Andrew Miles failed have Wellington’s second candidate turn up and lodge his nomination form before the closing deadline. This has forced Wellington to seek refuge and support by attaching himself to Fiona Snedden Council Ticket. Whether this means that Wellington and Andrew Miles have had a fall out is difficult to say. Wellington was supposed to help strengthen Bob Crawford Lord Mayor’s ticket which in turn will be a vehicle to direct additional preferences to Catherine Ng ticket.

This is all conspiracy theory and there is no way in which this can be proven, even if it is true there is noting illegal and wrong with a candidate nominating to support other candidates. after all this is what team grouping is all about Catherine has nominated a team of five candidates for the City Council ticket but in reality she is only likely to elected one candidate, the same goes to all other groups who have nominated more candidates then they can be expected to elect.

In the Lord Mayor stakes Gary Singer is expected to support Catherine Ng and Gary Morgan and Nick Columb have a common natural constituency as does Will Fowles and to a lesser extent Peter McMullin (McMullins ticket crosses the political divide and has representatives form both labor and Liberal Camps).  Joseph Toscano (Shifting the burden) is expected to support the Green’s Adman Brandt. it is unclear where Shelly Roberts, a resident based activist group, preferences will land, They are expected to flow on to other minor party/groupings splitting three to four ways.Again it is up to the voters to decide who and in what order they will give their support.

It is all a part of the Spring racing carnival events. Looking at the players at the starting gate does not give much hope and inspiration that Melbourne will become the dynamic and responsible Council that it should be. There is not much talent in the field so the outcome could be any ones guess.

Catherine Ng spits the dummy deflecting attention from her own running mate’s support

Catherine Ng, one of John So’s refugees recently generated headlines in the news by claiming a conspiracy theory of “dummy candidates”.

First we need to make it clear that “dummies” as they call them are legitimate players in the political process. Who is to sit in judgment that person A or group B should not have a right to stand for public office.As long as they do so of their own free will and and not coerced of forced to stand then it is every persons right to stand for public office. The fact that by nominating they have a chance to influence the outcome of an election is the democratic right to do so.in the end it is the voters that have the ultimate say ion who they vote for and for what reasons. It is the voters who decide who they will preference in and in what order. All the candidate can do is make a recommendation.

A review of the names and grouping of the Lord Mayor’s ticket has indicated that Catherine Ng has negotiated the candidacy and support of Robert King Crawford. Robert who is considered by many insiders to be running as a preference feeder for Catherine Ng. His campaign Manager is listed in the VEC nominations as Andrew Miles who is also listed a the manager of Wellington Lee’s ticket. Wellington suffered a major setback in his campaign when Andrew Miles failed have Wellington’s second candidate turn up and lodge his nomination form before the closing deadline. This has forced Wellington to seek refuge and support by attaching himself to Fiona Snedden Council Ticket. Whether this means that Wellington and Andrew Miles have had a fall out is difficult to say. Wellington was supposed to help strengthen Bob Crawford Lord Mayor’s ticket which in turn will be a vehicle to direct additional preferences to Catherine Ng ticket.

This is all conspiracy theory and there is no way in which this can be proven, even if it is true there is noting illegal and wrong with a candidate nominating to support other candidates. after all this is what team grouping is all about Catherine has nominated a team of five candidates for the City Council ticket but in reality she is only likely to elected one candidate, the same goes to all other groups who have nominated more candidates then they can be expected to elect.

In the Lord Mayor stakes Gary Singer is expected to support Catherine Ng and Gary Morgan and Nick Columb have a common natural constituency as does Will Fowles and to a lesser extent Peter McMullin (McMullins ticket crosses the political divide and has representatives form both labor and Liberal Camps).  Joseph Toscano (Shifting the burden) is expected to support the Green’s Adman Brandt. it is unclear where Shelly Roberts, a resident based activist group, preferences will land, They are expected to flow on to other minor party/groupings splitting three to four ways.Again it is up to the voters to decide who and in what order they will give their support.

It is all a part of the Spring racing carnival events. Looking at the players at the starting gate does not give much hope and inspiration that Melbourne will become the dynamic and responsible Council that it should be. There is not much talent in the field so the outcome could be any ones guess.

Catherine Ng spits the dummy deflecting attention from her own running mate’s support

Catherine Ng, one of John So’s refugees recently generated headlines in the news by claiming a conspiracy theory of “dummy candidates”.

First we need to make it clear that “dummies” as they call them are legitimate players in the political process. Who is to sit in judgment that person A or group B should not have a right to stand for public office.As long as they do so of their own free will and and not coerced of forced to stand then it is every persons right to stand for public office. The fact that by nominating they have a chance to influence the outcome of an election is the democratic right to do so.in the end it is the voters that have the ultimate say ion who they vote for and for what reasons. It is the voters who decide who they will preference in and in what order. All the candidate can do is make a recommendation.

A review of the names and grouping of the Lord Mayor’s ticket has indicated that Catherine Ng has negotiated the candidacy and support of Robert King Crawford. Robert who is considered by many insiders to be running as a preference feeder for Catherine Ng. His campaign Manager is listed in the VEC nominations as Andrew Miles who is also listed a the manager of Wellington Lee’s ticket. Wellington suffered a major setback in his campaign when Andrew Miles failed have Wellington’s second candidate turn up and lodge his nomination form before the closing deadline. This has forced Wellington to seek refuge and support by attaching himself to Fiona Snedden Council Ticket. Whether this means that Wellington and Andrew Miles have had a fall out is difficult to say. Wellington was supposed to help strengthen Bob Crawford Lord Mayor’s ticket which in turn will be a vehicle to direct additional preferences to Catherine Ng ticket.

This is all conspiracy theory and there is no way in which this can be proven, even if it is true there is noting illegal and wrong with a candidate nominating to support other candidates. after all this is what team grouping is all about Catherine has nominated a team of five candidates for the City Council ticket but in reality she is only likely to elected one candidate, the same goes to all other groups who have nominated more candidates then they can be expected to elect.

In the Lord Mayor stakes Gary Singer is expected to support Catherine Ng and Gary Morgan and Nick Columb have a common natural constituency as does Will Fowles and to a lesser extent Peter McMullin (McMullins ticket crosses the political divide and has representatives form both labor and Liberal Camps).  Joseph Toscano (Shifting the burden) is expected to support the Green’s Adman Brandt. it is unclear where Shelly Roberts, a resident based activist group, preferences will land, They are expected to flow on to other minor party/groupings splitting three to four ways.Again it is up to the voters to decide who and in what order they will give their support.

It is all a part of the Spring racing carnival events. Looking at the players at the starting gate does not give much hope and inspiration that Melbourne will become the dynamic and responsible Council that it should be. There is not much talent in the field so the outcome could be any ones guess.

Man overboard John So’s refugees face tragedy at sea

John So “Melbourne living” cargo ship come transit boat has hit an iceberg and the members of John So’s crew have abandoned ship and taken to the high waters grabbing on to whatever floats. Some face political drowning whilst the others are desperately treading water and one has all the comfort of an ocean cruise liner captained by a drunken sailor.

The tide has turned and they no longer have the luxury of signing up for a berth on the good ship “So”

Garry “The Steward” Singer and Catherine “First-mate” Ng have both launched separate dingies and have chosen the float or drown option of being captain-in-charge of their own destiny, both hoping to become the admiral of the flotilla of sinking boats. Only one can survive and there are a number of outsider boats competing for the same wave and share of John So’s 30% of the vote he received back in 2004 when the weather conditions offered smooth sailing. Their competition is tough and they face the risk of being scuttled by a number of war ships and pirate ships and cruise liners patrolling the ocean.

Whilst John So’s steward and first-mate are looking for a promotion the crew has taken matters into their own hands and have all clung on to other ships life boats passing by in the night

Carl “The bosun’s quartermaster” Jetter has climb on board the luxury cruise liner which has steamed into the swell causing a wash and wave that could sink other boats in its wake. The good ship “Doyle” whose second in charge is an old friend and comrade in arms of Jetter’s from past voyages. Carl Jetter has the only guaranteed ‘Bon Voyage’ safe harbour of all of John So’s refugees and thanks to The “Doyle” life line he will be able to retain his sea-mans ticket.

The companies agent and Captain John So’s personal navigator Kevin Louey has signed up to the McMullin line as their first-mate. He hopes to bring to McMullin’s table the business and trade left to float ashore and available to anyone to claim under the law of the sea salvage rights.

The crews “Health and safety” officer Kevin Wilson has launched a humanitarian aid rescue effort and has jumped on board the Pirate ship of “Good Will Hope” sailing under the flag of the Fowles Auction house cargo ship containers under the Socialist left transportation policy guidelines and memorandum.

The Adam Brandt salvage tugs is also on the scene looking for any environmental effects`and stranded whales that may need rescuing as the thick oil begins to spread.

All, with the exception of the Boson Jetter, have a tough time trying to stay afloat in the sea as the storm approaches and communications are cut. Back at port the Herald Sun and Age cover the news as relatives of the John So’s passengers and goods owners and investors look on unsure of their immediate future.

Man overboard John So’s refugees face tragedy at sea

John So “Melbourne living” cargo ship come transit boat has hit an iceberg and the members of John So’s crew have abandoned ship and taken to the high waters grabbing on to whatever floats. Some face political drowning whilst the others are desperately treading water and one has all the comfort of an ocean cruise liner captained by a drunken sailor.

The tide has turned and they no longer have the luxury of signing up for a berth on the good ship “So”

Garry “The Steward” Singer and Catherine “First-mate” Ng have both launched separate dingies and have chosen the float or drown option of being captain-in-charge of their own destiny, both hoping to become the admiral of the flotilla of sinking boats. Only one can survive and there are a number of outsider boats competing for the same wave and share of John So’s 30% of the vote he received back in 2004 when the weather conditions offered smooth sailing. Their competition is tough and they face the risk of being scuttled by a number of war ships and pirate ships and cruise liners patrolling the ocean.

Whilst John So’s steward and first-mate are looking for a promotion the crew has taken matters into their own hands and have all clung on to other ships life boats passing by in the night

Carl “The bosun’s quartermaster” Jetter has climb on board the luxury cruise liner which has steamed into the swell causing a wash and wave that could sink other boats in its wake. The good ship “Doyle” whose second in charge is an old friend and comrade in arms of Jetter’s from past voyages. Carl Jetter has the only guaranteed ‘Bon Voyage’ safe harbour of all of John So’s refugees and thanks to The “Doyle” life line he will be able to retain his sea-mans ticket.

The companies agent and Captain John So’s personal navigator Kevin Louey has signed up to the McMullin line as their first-mate. He hopes to bring to McMullin’s table the business and trade left to float ashore and available to anyone to claim under the law of the sea salvage rights.

The crews “Health and safety” officer Kevin Wilson has launched a humanitarian aid rescue effort and has jumped on board the Pirate ship of “Good Will Hope” sailing under the flag of the Fowles Auction house cargo ship containers under the Socialist left transportation policy guidelines and memorandum.

The Adam Brandt salvage tugs is also on the scene looking for any environmental effects`and stranded whales that may need rescuing as the thick oil begins to spread.

All, with the exception of the Boson Jetter, have a tough time trying to stay afloat in the sea as the storm approaches and communications are cut. Back at port the Herald Sun and Age cover the news as relatives of the John So’s passengers and goods owners and investors look on unsure of their immediate future.

Man overboard John So’s refugees face tragedy at sea

John So “Melbourne living” cargo ship come transit boat has hit an iceberg and the members of John So’s crew have abandoned ship and taken to the high waters grabbing on to whatever floats. Some face political drowning whilst the others are desperately treading water and one has all the comfort of an ocean cruise liner captained by a drunken sailor.

The tide has turned and they no longer have the luxury of signing up for a berth on the good ship “So”

Garry “The Steward” Singer and Catherine “First-mate” Ng have both launched separate dingies and have chosen the float or drown option of being captain-in-charge of their own destiny, both hoping to become the admiral of the flotilla of sinking boats. Only one can survive and there are a number of outsider boats competing for the same wave and share of John So’s 30% of the vote he received back in 2004 when the weather conditions offered smooth sailing. Their competition is tough and they face the risk of being scuttled by a number of war ships and pirate ships and cruise liners patrolling the ocean.

Whilst John So’s steward and first-mate are looking for a promotion the crew has taken matters into their own hands and have all clung on to other ships life boats passing by in the night

Carl “The bosun’s quartermaster” Jetter has climb on board the luxury cruise liner which has steamed into the swell causing a wash and wave that could sink other boats in its wake. The good ship “Doyle” whose second in charge is an old friend and comrade in arms of Jetter’s from past voyages. Carl Jetter has the only guaranteed ‘Bon Voyage’ safe harbour of all of John So’s refugees and thanks to The “Doyle” life line he will be able to retain his sea-mans ticket.

The companies agent and Captain John So’s personal navigator Kevin Louey has signed up to the McMullin line as their first-mate. He hopes to bring to McMullin’s table the business and trade left to float ashore and available to anyone to claim under the law of the sea salvage rights.

The crews “Health and safety” officer Kevin Wilson has launched a humanitarian aid rescue effort and has jumped on board the Pirate ship of “Good Will Hope” sailing under the flag of the Fowles Auction house cargo ship containers under the Socialist left transportation policy guidelines and memorandum.

The Adam Brandt salvage tugs is also on the scene looking for any environmental effects`and stranded whales that may need rescuing as the thick oil begins to spread.

All, with the exception of the Boson Jetter, have a tough time trying to stay afloat in the sea as the storm approaches and communications are cut. Back at port the Herald Sun and Age cover the news as relatives of the John So’s passengers and goods owners and investors look on unsure of their immediate future.

Fowles calls for funds disclosure fails to publish his own costs

Lord Mayor hopeful Will Fowles has called for all Candidates running for Lord Mayor to disclose early their campaign expenditure before the poll.

Will Fowles Calls for Campaign Finance Disclosure.

This a cheap grab for headlines as all candidates will have to submit a declaration of expenditure and fundraising as required under new legislation.

Although Fowles has called on candidates to disclose early (how they can account for the cost of the campaign when the campaign is not yet completed is a bit problematic I would think.)

What’s more troubling is that Will Fowles has not lead by example and published his expense statement. Maybe he is waiting for others to show their hand first – but it would make more sense if he published his statements and then called on others to do likewise.

Council in the making

Whilst preference deals are underway a quick look at the form guide indicates that that the results of the election should be known sometime tomorrow. Odds are no single grouping will elect more then one candidate.

Musical Chairs to the tune of “Don’t let me down”

There are nine identifiable groups made up of the usual suspects, running for seven council positions. Two possibly three minor groups will miss out. That means any person on two or higher numbered preference will be scratched out early in the count. The only groups expected to secure more then a quota and have a surplus is the Doyle/Jetter ticket, The Greens and McMullin. Fowles and Ng’s Council tickets will come close but are expected to be just below quota without a surplus. There will be a contest and struggle for poll position for the last two spots which should see either Clark or Snedden elected with an even more outside chance of both or maybe a Doyle’s number two or Garry singer coming up he middle straight and crossing the finish line. First grouping to miss out will be Wellington Lee (A past City Councillor with a good track record of community service), then a toss up between Garry Singer and the Resident’s Collective. They will be the ones to watch to see where there preferences are allocated. Preference deals have to be finalised by Monday and we should be able to assess the likely outcome soon after publication of registered tickets

Confused? Think of it like a game of musical chairs where there is less seats then contestants/groups. When the music stops the scrum for a seat is determined by who has the most weight/votes. It’s all in the order of elimination which in turn is influenced by the flow of preferences and surplus value of the four leading candidates.

Fowles calls for funds disclosure fails to publish his own costs

Lord Mayor hopeful Will Fowles has called for all Candidates running for Lord Mayor to disclose early their campaign expenditure before the poll.

Will Fowles Calls for Campaign Finance Disclosure.

This a cheap grab for headlines as all candidates will have to submit a declaration of expenditure and fundraising as required under new legislation.

Although Fowles has called on candidates to disclose early (how they can account for the cost of the campaign when the campaign is not yet completed is a bit problematic I would think.)

What’s more troubling is that Will Fowles has not lead by example and published his expense statement. Maybe he is waiting for others to show their hand first – but it would make more sense if he published his statements and then called on others to do likewise.

Council in the making

Whilst preference deals are underway a quick look at the form guide indicates that that the results of the election should be known sometime tomorrow. Odds are no single grouping will elect more then one candidate.

Musical Chairs to the tune of “Don’t let me down”

There are nine identifiable groups made up of the usual suspects, running for seven council positions. Two possibly three minor groups will miss out. That means any person on two or higher numbered preference will be scratched out early in the count. The only groups expected to secure more then a quota and have a surplus is the Doyle/Jetter ticket, The Greens and McMullin. Fowles and Ng’s Council tickets will come close but are expected to be just below quota without a surplus. There will be a contest and struggle for poll position for the last two spots which should see either Clark or Snedden elected with an even more outside chance of both or maybe a Doyle’s number two or Garry singer coming up he middle straight and crossing the finish line. First grouping to miss out will be Wellington Lee (A past City Councillor with a good track record of community service), then a toss up between Garry Singer and the Resident’s Collective. They will be the ones to watch to see where there preferences are allocated. Preference deals have to be finalised by Monday and we should be able to assess the likely outcome soon after publication of registered tickets

Confused? Think of it like a game of musical chairs where there is less seats then contestants/groups. When the music stops the scrum for a seat is determined by who has the most weight/votes. It’s all in the order of elimination which in turn is influenced by the flow of preferences and surplus value of the four leading candidates.

Fowles calls for funds disclosure fails to publish his own costs

Lord Mayor hopeful Will Fowles has called for all Candidates running for Lord Mayor to disclose early their campaign expenditure before the poll.

Will Fowles Calls for Campaign Finance Disclosure.

This a cheap grab for headlines as all candidates will have to submit a declaration of expenditure and fundraising as required under new legislation.

Although Fowles has called on candidates to disclose early (how they can account for the cost of the campaign when the campaign is not yet completed is a bit problematic I would think.)

What’s more troubling is that Will Fowles has not lead by example and published his expense statement. Maybe he is waiting for others to show their hand first – but it would make more sense if he published his statements and then called on others to do likewise.

Council in the making

Whilst preference deals are underway a quick look at the form guide indicates that that the results of the election should be known sometime tomorrow. Odds are no single grouping will elect more then one candidate.

Musical Chairs to the tune of “Don’t let me down”

There are nine identifiable groups made up of the usual suspects, running for seven council positions. Two possibly three minor groups will miss out. That means any person on two or higher numbered preference will be scratched out early in the count. The only groups expected to secure more then a quota and have a surplus is the Doyle/Jetter ticket, The Greens and McMullin. Fowles and Ng’s Council tickets will come close but are expected to be just below quota without a surplus. There will be a contest and struggle for poll position for the last two spots which should see either Clark or Snedden elected with an even more outside chance of both or maybe a Doyle’s number two or Garry singer coming up he middle straight and crossing the finish line. First grouping to miss out will be Wellington Lee (A past City Councillor with a good track record of community service), then a toss up between Garry Singer and the Resident’s Collective. They will be the ones to watch to see where there preferences are allocated. Preference deals have to be finalised by Monday and we should be able to assess the likely outcome soon after publication of registered tickets

Confused? Think of it like a game of musical chairs where there is less seats then contestants/groups. When the music stops the scrum for a seat is determined by who has the most weight/votes. It’s all in the order of elimination which in turn is influenced by the flow of preferences and surplus value of the four leading candidates.

Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor "Leadership Team"

List of candidates running for the win or die Lord Mayor leadership team. (In ballot paper order)

ID Group LM DLM
1 ACTIVATE MELBOURNE DOYLE, Robert RILEY, Susan
2 C MELBOURNE GROW – CATHERINE NG NG, Catherine MAKINGS, Terry
3 SHIFTING THE BURDEN TOSCANO, Joseph ELY, Margaret
4 PASSION FOR MELBOURNE COLUMB, Nick CALWELL, Sue
5 THE GREENS BANDT, Adam MALTZAHN, Kathleen
6 CRAWFORD, Robert King KENNEDY, Michael
7 ROBERTS, Shelley FARAH, Abdiaziz
8 SINGER, Gary PAINTER, Joanne
9 FOWLES A FRESH VISION FOWLES, Will WILSON, David
10 McMULLIN-WILSON FOR MELBOURNE’S FUTURE McMULLIN, Peter WILSON, Tim
11 MORGAN, Gary ANDERSON, Michele