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Chief Minister goes mental

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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captainwhorebags captainwhorebags 10:59 am 07 Mar 07

And finally an image to have in mind when the CM releases a media release in his “angry voice”

Thumper Thumper 11:02 am 07 Mar 07

I wrote that it was an ‘extraordinary outburst’. I also think I was a little less harsh in my summary.

Having said that, yours is much better reading

johnboy johnboy 11:11 am 07 Mar 07

And if either our gutters or Tuggeranong are filled with cigarette butts and dog turds surely that is the Chief Minister’s responsibility?

(Wasted lives being our own matter to contemplate)

Thumper Thumper 11:14 am 07 Mar 07

I just love headline. it’s pure gold. I vote that it goes straight to the pool room.

bonfire bonfire 11:20 am 07 Mar 07

i love an angry cabbage. its as if keating had a mini-me.

queen_vic_toria_II queen_vic_toria_II 11:21 am 07 Mar 07

I don’t understand why the Chief Minister doesn’t think it was a relevant question? As the Chief Minister he needs to be available 24/7, so asking where he was isn’t unreasonable.

Why is he getting so angry about it if he was just having dinner with people? and futhermore why has it taken this long to tell us? The question didn’t seem to be aimed at his personal life, just at the fact that he wasn’t available when the people of Canberra really needed him. The way he reacted was quite disturbing if anything…

barking toad barking toad 11:34 am 07 Mar 07

The mayor is so paranoid about covering his arse re the fires that he didn’t want to ‘fess up to what he was doing on the Friday eve as it might give the citizens cause to consider Nero comparisons.

Is it just me or does it only seem that whenever he speaks these days it’s a screaming rant to defend the indefensible or to play the dear leader role for social justice?

And I’m glad I moved from Tuggeranong, away from the slime, dog turds and cigarette butts if that’s what it’s turned into.

Ralph Ralph 11:38 am 07 Mar 07

Thou doth protest too much, Jon.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 11:44 am 07 Mar 07

If you cigarette butts and dog turds I would suggest a quick visit to Charny.

astrojax astrojax 11:45 am 07 Mar 07

I heard the CM on Alex Sloan – his response (and it seems genuine enough) is that he should have access to privacy, as every other citizen, he did say he was in Belco having dinner when he was asked and that that should have been enough, and that the opposition launched a sustained campaign against his integrity, and against his wife’s, spuriously alleging infidelity. Which, of course, he strenuously denies and I found no reason in his demeanour or his maner to doubt him on this at all…

He seemed quite believeable and he did unreservedly apologise for any slur taken by any Tuggeranong residents.

I didn’t hear the end of his bit and Alex was to have Brendan Smyth on afterwards, which I also missed.

Anyone get the whole lot?

louise louise 12:04 pm 07 Mar 07

In S-hope’s position:
1. I would be upset if someone suggested I was having an affair if I wasn’t
2. I would also want a conventiently iron-clad alibi (spouse, a priest and a judge – reads like a b-grade movie script) to account for being uncontactable when Canberra was about to burn

Thumper Thumper 12:09 pm 07 Mar 07

I’d like to see the evidence that the Libs were harrassing his wife. So far all we’ve got is Stanhope’s angry assertion that they were.

If the evidence is there then show us.

astrojax astrojax 12:11 pm 07 Mar 07

he kept going on about allegations over ‘the blonde woman with him in berlin’ or where ever he went [meaning his wife] – and all the while the irreverent side of my brain was waiting for him to say ‘but my mistres is a brunette…’ 🙂

barking toad barking toad 12:14 pm 07 Mar 07

Jeez, Louise, you’re not hinting something like the mayor would, like, cover up.

Muts check to see what time Mike rang.

johnboy johnboy 12:21 pm 07 Mar 07

The rumours about Stanhope have gone around political circles.

Pretty similar to the ones Labor puts about so enthusiastically about Kate Carnell.

louise louise 12:22 pm 07 Mar 07

Not suggesting that at all. I think he is a very lucky man. I just wish he had given us this assurance years ago.

BTW: My view is that personal attacks are not good. It’s not the Australian way. Where’s the debate on policy and accountability these days?

Thumper Thumper 12:32 pm 07 Mar 07

Good point there JB.

And there were a lot of rumours about Calamity Kate.

johnboy johnboy 12:35 pm 07 Mar 07

The reason he should have accounted for his whereabout is because he left his post without being first relieved.

If he wanted to turn off the phone then he should have found another acting minister for emergency services.

barking toad barking toad 12:38 pm 07 Mar 07

There’s some more detail on the breaking news at (too dumb to link)

They’re even suggesting his rantings are Lathamesque. Which, of course, they are.

Thumper Thumper 12:40 pm 07 Mar 07

Rantings of a Lathamesque proportion.


hansard makes interesting reading.

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