Canberra Election

Katy Gallagher, about whom little is known outside the Molonglo tundra of the Australian Capital Territory, is set to become a distinctive political figure nationally.

Katy Gallagher… a popular Labor leader. Picture: Kym Smith

On Saturday she will be - if opinion poll findings are correct - the first Labor leader elected since Julia Gillard limped home in 2010. And, of great importance to Labor, she could be the first incumbent to defy a Liberal campaign which is based on attempts to frighten the voters.

If she does prevail she could be promoted by her federal colleagues as evidence that scaring the electorate doesn’t always work and can be countered. And that voters are not easily spooked.

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  • marley says:

    06:08pm | 18/10/12

    Well, let’s see now.  According to the ABS, and the ACT Dept of Education, of the 205,800 people employed in the ACT we have the following: Public Admin and Safety 64,100 (31%); Education and Training 18,200 (8.9%) Health Care and Social Assistance 19,200 (9.4%) Now, not every single one of… Read more »

  • Ted says:

    06:01pm | 18/10/12

    Did you hear what your mate Kevin Rudd said” I worry about losing democracy” .....very phony!!!! Read more »


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