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And now Annette Ellis falls

By johnboy - 22 January 2010 57

Chief Minister Stanhope today pays tribute to the Member for Tuggeranong Canberra Annette Ellis who is also heading off into the sunset.

“Ms Ellis has always had a great passion for and enthusiasm for her city and its people, and has served ably and conscientiously in public life, first as a Member of the Legislative Assembly and later as the federal Member for Canberra,” Mr Stanhope said today.

“The hallmark of her political style has always been her approachability. She once said that when planning a trip grocery shopping she would always allow two hours. She understood implicitly that being available to her constituents – even when filling a shopping trolley – was part and parcel of being a genuine and successful local member.

I’m not entirely sure that I’d want to end public life with my most noteworthy contribution having been leaving enough time for a chinwag while shopping.

The political landscape in Canberra is starting to look eerily unfamiliar.

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And now Annette Ellis falls
moneypenny2612 6:49 pm 22 Jan 10

FWIW there was a rumour published in today’s Crikey email, to wit:

“Overheard in a civic restaurant, ALP heavies from national executives have been ordered by Kevin Rudd to fill all ACT positions, including Annette Ellis, Kate Lundy …”

On the money re: Ellis.

I’d be disappointed though if Lundy was shafted (although I do wish she’d cross the floor when the ACT’s interests are at stake)

squashee 6:29 pm 22 Jan 10

Are you serious Clown Killer?? “Too old to work for re-election”…

You are talking about two seats which are enormously SAFE. They do not have to work for re-election at all. It is like getting the number one spot on the senate ticket – guaranteed to get in. The Canberra public-servent based community will never elect a Coalition member. As a result we are going to get another career politician put in each of the seats, with no experience of real life. They will not be high priorities for Cabinet positions because they will not need to show any special talents or hard work to keep their seats.

What all Australians need is to stop voting for the one party all their life and vote for the best person and party at the specific time. That way no seat would be safe and politicians would have to actually work for their money. Too many are very complacent.

madamcholet 5:52 pm 22 Jan 10

To answer Grails question…was she approachable or represent the seat of Canberra well in Parliament – I would have to answer no. My husband and I approached her a few years ago now regarding an issue that we had with the Child Support Agency and sought her assistance in getting some action. After chasing her and her advisor up a number of times we gave up and got in to see the Minister at the time, (Joe Hockey). Regardless of whether they were busy at the time or not, they failed to listen, respond or act in any way, not even a “I don’t think we can help”. In fact I recall that they were rather off hand when we asked if they were going to actually try and do anything. It certainly seemed to me that she had an easy ride in that seat. Not sorry to see her go.

And in Parliament…I can’t recall ever hearing or seeing Annette Ellis stand up and give a speech. Maybe someone should check the records.

areaman 5:13 pm 22 Jan 10

Clown Killer said :

Ruddland would appear to be coming apart at the seams. A cavalcade of abysmal policy failures, ineptitude and inaction, economic mismanagement and even the most hardened, longest serving Labour MPs can see the writing on the wall.

How about some examples? The fact that we survived the GFC way better than any other developed country shows how wrong you are.

Bob and Annette have been in parliament for a long time so them saying they aren’t going to re-contest isn’t really much of a shock. That being said, it looks a bit like a factional deal having them both announce it so close to each other.

bd84 4:09 pm 22 Jan 10

Cleansing complete. Hopefully now we can put the brush through and make them marginal seats instead of people blindly voting for the incumbent who does nothing.

Clown Killer 3:49 pm 22 Jan 10

No long bow at all.

Ruddland would appear to be coming apart at the seams. A cavalcade of abysmal policy failures, ineptitude and inaction, economic mismanagement and even the most hardened, longest serving Labour MPs can see the writing on the wall.

Ellis and McMullan have simply lifted their snouts from the trough, had a look around and realised that they’re probably getting too old to actually have to work for re-election – hence they’re choosing the coward’s way out.

MrMagoo 3:26 pm 22 Jan 10

Clown Killer said :

Don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out Annette …

It’s starting to get pretty obvious that things are not at all going well in Ruddland.

You are drawing an exceptionally long bow there. Two long standing parliamentarians retire and suddenly you think its to do with leadership etc. I think its more to do with both people seeing that they have done all they can do in public life and its time to move on.

ghughes said :

It would be good to see John Hargreaves make the move up the hill.

I hope that was I interpreted it, tongue firmly planted in cheek.

areaman 3:26 pm 22 Jan 10

ghughes said :

It would be good to see John Hargreaves make the move up the hill.

In order to get rid of him?

ahappychappy 3:03 pm 22 Jan 10

Clown Killer said :

It’s starting to get pretty obvious that things are not at all going well in Ruddland.

I don’t see your connection. This stuff happens all the time, no need to throw a hopeful opinion in.

ghughes 2:54 pm 22 Jan 10

It would be good to see John Hargreaves make the move up the hill.

Grail 2:28 pm 22 Jan 10

I’m not sure I understand why allowing time for people on the street to have a chinwag with their local Federal Member is a bad thing.

Can anyone who has actually had some interaction with Annette comment on this thread? Was she actually approachable? Did she actually represent the seat Canberra to parliament?

I wouldn’t be so happy to see her go, knowing full well that she’s just going to be replaced with another politician.

AussieGal83 2:16 pm 22 Jan 10

Good riddance to bad rubbish!

areaman 2:12 pm 22 Jan 10

Clown Killer said :

It’s starting to get pretty obvious that things are not at all going well in Ruddland.

I don’t see the connection, apart from perhaps wishful thinking.

Swaggie 1:26 pm 22 Jan 10

McMullan and now Ellis gone – things are looking up!

I just read Stanhope’s drivel – who writes that crap? Does this even make sense – “Ms Ellis’s great policy passions in public life involving helping the most vulnerable in our community – those with disabilities, and older Canberrans in need of support and care.”

Clown Killer 1:05 pm 22 Jan 10

Don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out Annette …

It’s starting to get pretty obvious that things are not at all going well in Ruddland.

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