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Bob promises to walk off into the sunset in five years

By johnboy - 17 January 2009 26

[First filed: January 16, 2009 @ 08:44]

The Canberra Times has the scoop that the rusted on Member for Fraser, Bob McMullan, plans to carry his bat and up stumps after the next election.

Younger readers might be surprised to discover that Canberra has Labor members of Parliament with both of them (Annette Ellis in the south as well as Bob) vieing for the title of least active local member in Australia.

[Hint: there’s also rumours of a Labor Senator called Kate Lundy]

Apparently setting out a timetable for retirement could be an attempt to stave off a challenge by younger, hungrier types in the ALP.

The CT is suggesting that our own Chiefly Stanhope is eyeing up a federal seat, something his ideals and interests would probably be better suited to.

UPDATED: The ABC reports that Mr. Stanhope plans to rule over the ACT forever and has no designs on the big house.

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Bob promises to walk off into the sunset in five years
Crikey 2:38 pm 16 Jan 09

I’d go as far as saying that Bob McMullan is the most ineffectual and laziest MP ever.

Thumper 1:02 pm 16 Jan 09

Don’t get me wrong, I can’t stand him. But in comparison to McMuppet the Nowhere man, I think he’d be a better bet.

imhotep 12:51 pm 16 Jan 09

Thumper said :

(Thumper)…”I’d probably vote for Stanhope if he were to run, simply because I feel that he would try to promote canberra…”

[splutter] Thumper? You’re obviously off your medication! Stanhope reads this. He’ll know that if he’s got your vote, he’ll win in a landslide.

IMO you underestimate the ego of the guy. At the moment he is master of all he surveys. The ACT is his own private fiefdom, without serious challengers and a tame media. He has the power to indulge his Utopian social fantasies, leaving the nuts and bolts of running a city to (incompetent) underlings.

He sees himself as Solon of Athens, or a reincarnation of Don Dunstan. (Althoug IMO he’s more Gunston than Dunstan).

Leave all this to become a lowly provincial backbencher? Not likely.

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la mente torbida 12:49 pm 16 Jan 09

A politician making a promise?

Gungahlin Al 12:31 pm 16 Jan 09

Perhaps I’ll stick my hand up. πŸ™‚
Dunno about via the ALP ticket though…

Thumper 11:58 am 16 Jan 09

Stanhope would drop Canberra like a dirty nappy and use his new found powers to save the world……

Or he will get ground up by the party machine and be reduced to soundbytes.

Thumper 11:54 am 16 Jan 09

I’ve turned to the dark side…..

hehe

Mr Evil 11:51 am 16 Jan 09

Wide Boy Jake said :

Will anybody notice the difference?

Yes, but only because there be less mail in the months before an election telling us how much Bob has done for Canberra!

Thumper said :

So, we are going to get a real, live representative?

I’d probably vote for Stanhope if he were to run, simply because I feel that he would try to promote canberra and canberra’s interests, unlike mcMuppet.

Are you kidding – Stanhope would drop Canberra like a dirty nappy and use his new found powers to save the world……

You really have changed Thumper!!!! πŸ™‚

PM 11:31 am 16 Jan 09

Didn’t the ALP used to have a rule about no MPs being preselected after the age of 65, or something like that?

jakez 11:08 am 16 Jan 09

It’s time to cut Bob loose. The ALP needs to boot him at the next preselection, not allow him to have another half a term.

caf 10:48 am 16 Jan 09

It wouldn’t surprise me if the Greens vote gets a boost on Bob’s retirement – as a long-standing member he’d have built up a substantial personal vote by now.

BenMac 9:57 am 16 Jan 09

[Hint: there’s also rumours of a Labor Senator called Kate Lundy]

To be fair, Kate Lundy does do a lot of work as a senator in Parliament. Just because their not in the papers and TV all the time doesn’t mean they don’t do anything.

Thumper 9:32 am 16 Jan 09

So, we are going to get a real, live representative?

I’d probably vote for Stanhope if he were to run, simply because I feel that he would try to promote canberra and canberra’s interests, unlike mcMuppet.

johnboy 9:24 am 16 Jan 09

Depends, if the ALP backroom boys and girls send us a real local member we’d definitely notice.

Wide Boy Jake 9:23 am 16 Jan 09

Will anybody notice the difference?

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