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Blame Hargreaves for Grassby, not me: Stanhope

By Ari - 16 March 2007 25

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope dropped Minister for Multicultural Affairs John Hargreaves right in it on ABC radio (via AAP) by saying he wouldn’t have signed off on the Grassby statue … if he’d known about it.

As usual, it’s all about denying any personal responsibility for his own Government’s actions.

“I understand the point that is being made and if I had my time again or if I was involved in the decision perhaps the outcome would have been different,” Mr Stanhope said.

“Or perhaps if our processes had been more rigorous at the time and I acknowledge that they weren’t.”

Does it perhaps suggest that Stanhope tooks his eye off the ball during the run up to the budget because of the last-minute money squeeze?

He does seem to take his eye off the ball a lot.

You’ve gotta love the last line: The chief minister compared the controversy to the furore that surrounded the Whitlam government’s decision to buy Jackson Pollock’s work, Blue Poles.

Comparing Blue Poles with a crappy bronze of a mafia-linked spiv? Who does he think he is kidding?

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25 Responses to
Blame Hargreaves for Grassby, not me: Stanhope
Mr_Shab 3:48 pm 16 Mar 07

I’ll carry a torch or a pitchfork in your angry mob.

There’s no justice like angry mob justice…

Thumper 3:18 pm 16 Mar 07

I’ll have to find my kilt…

queen_vic_toria_II 2:13 pm 16 Mar 07

I’m with Thumper!!!

Name the date and time and I am there!

bonfire 2:08 pm 16 Mar 07

apparently stanhope was having dinner with a rabbi, a watchmaker and a CPA when the statue decision was taken…

Ari 2:07 pm 16 Mar 07

I’ve seen better decision making by drunks with corporate credit cards …

louise 2:06 pm 16 Mar 07

Maybe it’s the start of a cabinet rift. one can only hope.

barking toad 2:03 pm 16 Mar 07

Does the mayor really expect us to believe he didn’t know about this project from the outset? Sure, there may not be a formal John to Jon memo seeking funding approval. But John didn’t mention to Jon in a puffy chested way about his grandiose plan? Purleeeeease!

Jon and Johnny are no longer sweethearts.

Maelinar 1:40 pm 16 Mar 07

FOI: Where was Jon when they were making the decision about erecting a statue to big Al ?

What was he doing ?
Was he on a Junket ?
Why did his minor ministers not think it important enough to report to him ?

Thumper 1:40 pm 16 Mar 07

If only we had a Govenor General…

Sir John Kerr anyone?

Shall we march on parliament and reclaim the Territory?

Thumper 1:36 pm 16 Mar 07


Nuff said.

roccon 1:27 pm 16 Mar 07

Sonic really is a tosser isn’t he ???

Thumper 1:16 pm 16 Mar 07

If he’d known about it!

Fark me. He should rsign immediately for that comment.

I can longer be astounded by anything this government says or does. They keep raising the bar of incompetance everytime they open their collective mouths.

barking toad 1:09 pm 16 Mar 07

Oh dear.

JOHN : “Gidday Jon, I was thinking about getting a statue done…

JON : “Yeah, yeah, whatever …shut the door on ya way out!”….(now where was I on that Friday night?)


JOHN : “Al Grassby deserves a statue. He was another JFK. And another Abe Lincoln!”

JON:…(Shit. How can I spin out of this! It’s taken 4 years to sort that Friday. I know. That Blue Poles thing – that’ll throw ’em). “Simon, leave that Epic shit alone for a moment and get someone to find out about Blue Poles. And take that silly jacket off.”

louise 1:00 pm 16 Mar 07

As if anything happens in that govt. if King Jon hasn’t approved it.

No care and no responsibility.

vg 12:56 pm 16 Mar 07

Now JB if Standope lobbed into flyhalf for the Brumbies there’d be no dramas with passing.

He is accountable. If he feels so he should remove the funding. I mentioned this very topic to someone a short while ago and their reply was ‘what an asshole’. That summed it up for me.

All care and no responsibility. What a weasel

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