The ABC reports that Bill Stefaniak has found better things to do than run for re-election and will become one of two appeals presidents on the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
His is a hard career to eulogise.
He’s been a tireless worker for charity and a conscientious champion of his constituents. He was always much more impressive in person than on television.
On the other hand very often he’s gone into bat for the old men’s club on issues which no-one should be allowed to bear the name “Liberal” and still put forward. Of course he is not alone on this in his party.
If you liked rugby, and beer, and a BBQ, and men who are men, and women who go along with it, then Bill was a politician for you.
But even for those of us who like these things there can be, at times, a yearning for more.
UPDATED: Simon Corbell has now announced Bill’s appointment.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The Canberra Times is painting the move as revenge by Bill against his backstabbing colleagues. Many are pointing to Bill’s high first preference vote at the last election as a sign he is irreplaceable to the Liberal cause. I’d suggest that a high percentage of Bill’s first preference vote was a result of having been around forever and being the best recognised Liberal name. If that’s right then most of the votes will flow to the next best recognised Liberal name. We’ll find out the morning after election day.
They will, however, be hard pressed to replace his campaigning experience.