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Chief Minister goes mental

By johnboy 7 March 2007 64

The Canberra Times reports on an astonishing outburst in the Legislative Assembly:

During an emotionally charged outburst yesterday, Mr Stanhope told the Legislative Assembly Mr Smyth was a “despicable little man” with a “dirty mind” who belonged in the gutter.

“He likes it there, down with the cigarette butts and the dog turds and the wasted life,” he said, after calling the MLA “Mr Slimeball from Tuggeranong”.

Aside from wondering what the people of Tuggeranong will make of some of the possible interpretations of the outburst let’s go back to what caused it.

While Leader of the Opposition Brendan was disappointingly soft on the fire issues. one question he did pursue was where the Chief Minister was the night before the fires when, as acting Minister for Emergency Services, he was unavailable for contact from his emergency services chief, Mike Castle.

Many people would think this was an entirely reasonable question to ask about the night before Duffy went up in flames. But our Chief Minister has for the last four years strenuously insisted it’s nobody’s business but his own.

In his outburst yesterday the Chief Minister seems to be alleging that Brendan Smyth has been insinuating that the unavailability was caused by some sort of extra-marital dalliance.

The Chief Minister has now set the record straight saying he was dining with no less than Magistrate Grant Lawler, and the Catholic priest Dermid McDermott.

Bill Stefaniak has asked with a sly innocence: “Why on earth wouldn’t he say that four years ago? I find it extraordinary that he didn’t just say what he was doing at the time”

I don’t suppose anyone caught the outburst on the Assembly’s web stream?

(Note to commenters: Please think long and hard about potential defamation suits, conducted against you as likely as us, before posting any new information on this matter)

UPDATED: Thanks to “captainwhorebags” for pointing out that the Liberals now have an image [Canberra Times] for their campaign posters.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Apparently Our Brave Leader has apologised to the people of Tuggeranong this morning on radio 666. And yet to date his website lacks any statement making such an apology (12.50pm).

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Thumper 8:06 am 12 Mar 07

VG and Seepi have hit the nail square smack bang on the noggin.

Even I used to have to leave my phone on at all hours in a previous employment. To use the Americanism 24/7, to use the Oztralianism, all the bloody time no matter what.

Surely as a CM you should have to do the same?

Hasdrubahl 7:04 am 12 Mar 07

I believe the phone did go off.
-Problem was, the catholic priest was in the middle of saying a lengthy grace, the magistrate was furiously signalling to the CM that it would be ‘criminal’ to answer the phone, and the wife was out the back selecting the vintage sauvignon blanc.

seepi 10:22 pm 11 Mar 07

Countless people in Canberra are on call. IT people, PR people, Security, and many more.
I think it is wierd that Jon S is acting like he shouldn’t have to be disturbed by the phone.

vg 9:55 pm 11 Mar 07

When I am on call for work I have lost the right to turn my mobile off at dinner time. In fact I have lost the right to turn it off full stop. If you are the CM you only have the right to do so when you are on leave and someone else is sitting in your spot. It’s about being accountable, something this man is incapable of being

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