Katy moving on?

By 12 December, 2013 22

CityNews is running gossip on possible plans for Chief Minister Gallagher to ride into the sunset before the next election:

A CREDIBLE political snout says the ALP’s biggest electoral asset, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, will hand over the big chair to deputy Andrew Barr some time during the life of the present Assembly, to spend more time with her family.

It’s been no secret that there was a succession agreement, but they don’t always go to plan and the timing in particular can be in the eye of the beholder.

Also in the same article they have pop at the CT’s Chris Knaus’ recent run of Walkley-bait.

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22 Responses to Katy moving on?
#1
PantsMan11:02 am, 12 Dec 13

PantsMan said :

…to spend more time with her family.

What’s the scandal Johnboy?

#2
johnboy11:06 am, 12 Dec 13

More so than most she does actually have family which needs her.

#3
La_Tour_Maubourg11:28 am, 12 Dec 13

People seem to have tolerance for Katy but anyone actually like Barr? He appears to be arrogant at all media releases

#4
PantsMan11:38 am, 12 Dec 13

If she leaves the Assembly, then her seat would be taken by a Green. That would be the final evidence of the permanent Labor /Greens alliance.

#5
HiddenDragon11:44 am, 12 Dec 13

If this does come to pass, and if the local Liberals don’t go broke and/or consume themselves with factional fights, we could actually have a serious competition at the next election – I think that would be a healthy outcome for democracy in this little town.

#6
caf1:05 pm, 12 Dec 13

PantsMan said :

If she leaves the Assembly, then her seat would be taken by a Green. That would be the final evidence of the permanent Labor /Greens alliance.

That is highly unlikely.

#7
magiccar92:37 pm, 12 Dec 13

One can only hope….

#8
neanderthalsis4:18 pm, 12 Dec 13

Off to a new job as a Statistical Proctologist?

#9
Watson4:19 pm, 12 Dec 13

johnboy said :

More so than most she does actually have family which needs her.

Err… what do you mean by “More so than most?”.

#10
johnboy4:22 pm, 12 Dec 13

As in most politicians telling us they’re going to spend “more time with their family” have adult (or none at all) children.

#11
Watson4:29 pm, 12 Dec 13

johnboy said :

As in most politicians telling us they’re going to spend “more time with their family” have adult (or none at all) children.

Or are men. Which is probably what lots are thinking.

I’m sure there’s plenty of fathers of young kids with high level political careers. No one would take it for granted that they quit for their family.

#12
Darkfalz6:15 pm, 12 Dec 13

With the entrenched GreensLabor vote in the ACT sadly the chief minister role is essentially reduced to a baton passing exercise between one useless Labor henchman (or woman) and the next.

#13
astrojax6:40 pm, 12 Dec 13

johnboy said :

As in most politicians telling us they’re going to spend “more time with their family” have adult (or none at all) children.

that’s a bit pre-judicial in terms of a definition of ‘family’ there, jb; and a bit gossipy, old chap. ease up now. pip pip.

#14
CraigT8:00 pm, 12 Dec 13

She should resign forthwith. She has just poured money that should have been spent on health and education down the drain in the form of,
a/ paying lawyers to write legislation that was inoperative
and
b/ paying lawyers fo advice that proved wrong
and
c/ paying lawyers to appear in the High Court to achieve failure.

How does this help Canberra’s ratepayers?

Resign!

#15
c_c™8:07 pm, 12 Dec 13

Gotta love it when someone harps on about paying lawyers, apparently oblivious to the facts Solicitors-General are public servants and on the public pay roll anyway.

#16
LSWCHP10:40 pm, 12 Dec 13

La_Tour_Maubourg said :

People seem to have tolerance for Katy but anyone actually like Barr? He appears to be arrogant at all media releases

I don’t like him. I don’t like him a lot. He’s a cold and arrogant dickhead, and there’ll be snowfalls in hell before I’ll vote for him, or a party that he leads.

#17
johnboy10:44 pm, 12 Dec 13

Andrew Barr and I have our disagreements.

But he’s the only MLA who stays in correspondence and wrote me a reference when I was on the bones of my arse.

If they had to deal with the clods that make up the ACT body politic I defy any intelligent person to not come across as arrogant from time to time.

#18
PantsMan9:38 am, 13 Dec 13

Well, her achievements will forever be remembered as:
• presiding over a family member fudging hospital emergency department data to defraud the Commonwealth of money, then covering it up;
• making a bunch of statements about human rights, while running a government that systematically breaches the rights of its citizens;
• appointing people she likes to high-paying but largely pointless positions;
• as a shareholder, not knowing that ACTEW paid its CEO over $800,000 per year, and then blaming everyone else;
• running the ACT’s budget into deficit during the biggest economic boom in the ACT’s history, while increasing taxes;
• banning plastic bags as part of an extremist culture war;
• legislating entirely outside the ACT’s competence, and using our money and gays’ and lesbians’ relationships to attack Tony Abbott, as part of the same said culture war;
• ceding the governance of the ACT to the Greens, because they were comprehensively defeated at the 2012 election;
• throwing $600+ million at a white elephant known as light rail; and
• demanding pay increases and chauffeur driven cars, while making everyone catch ineffective buses or ride bicycles.
I suppose these achievements can be put down to her extensive life experience (as a union organiser and Labor Party hack).

#19
BimboGeek10:43 am, 13 Dec 13

Here’s a funny observation. The nicest and most honest people in politics are the ones that stand for election, every election, go out and campaign, debate the issues, can identify the pros and cons of their own party politics as well as the main opposing positions, and don’t get elected.

Everyone vote for the funny guy who chatted with you in the shops or that friend of a friend who seems to be on the wrong team but you really like him anyway. The world would be a better place!

#20
Gungahlin Al11:17 am, 13 Dec 13

Anyone remember not long ago how the City News was always slagging the dropping circulation number for the Canberra Times, while their own circulation was growing on the back of strong real estate advertising incomes?
And then along came internet real estate sites, plus an upstart called Canberra Weekly…
I compared issues a couple of weeks ago, City News had just one page with real estate ads (one ad actually) out of I think just 28, while the Canberra Weekly had around 80 pages, of which more than half were real estate ads.

Then there were those false covers that they ran during the last ACT election that were actually just 4 pages of Liberal advertising carefully disguised to look like a legitimate issue cover.

Just a couple of interesting prisms through which to contemplate the City News’s decision to run such a piece…

#21
Mr Evil12:08 pm, 13 Dec 13

If only this was true…….

Of course, if she did move on she wouldn’t be responsible for it…..just like Education, Health and everything else she’s been ‘responsible’ for during her time in ACT Labor.

#22
HiddenDragon12:11 pm, 13 Dec 13

Gungahlin Al said :

Anyone remember not long ago how the City News was always slagging the dropping circulation number for the Canberra Times, while their own circulation was growing on the back of strong real estate advertising incomes?
And then along came internet real estate sites, plus an upstart called Canberra Weekly…
I compared issues a couple of weeks ago, City News had just one page with real estate ads (one ad actually) out of I think just 28, while the Canberra Weekly had around 80 pages, of which more than half were real estate ads.

Then there were those false covers that they ran during the last ACT election that were actually just 4 pages of Liberal advertising carefully disguised to look like a legitimate issue cover.

Just a couple of interesting prisms through which to contemplate the City News’s decision to run such a piece…

Which might, also, help to explain why the Canberra Weekly seemed so pleased, at the time, with the heir apparent’s new land tax system.

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