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Chief Minister Stanhope to depart.

By johnboy - 9 May 2011 57

the back of jon stanhope

There are rumours circulating that Jon Stanhope is about to resign.

He’s holding a press conference at 11. We’ll let you know.

UPDATE: The Canberra Times is saying it’s over.

FURTHER UPDATE: ABC Radio is reporting the Chief Minister’s office has confirmed the rumours. Katy Gallagher to take over.

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57 Responses to
Chief Minister Stanhope to depart.
The Frots 11:02 am 09 May 11

Amazing – its one of the lead stories on Fox now………………….I didn’t think we were that important.

Reprobate 10:53 am 09 May 11

Rednecks FTW!!!

Keijidosha 10:53 am 09 May 11

TVStar said :

Their first draft forgot about Carnell entirely. lol.

I think we’re all trying to forget that disaster.

Your comment about a published article being a ‘first draft’ says more about the standard of CT journos than you might have intended!

TAD 10:51 am 09 May 11

Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out Jon.

bitzermaloney 10:51 am 09 May 11

Apparently all new street art projects will be put on hold, except for the 12 foot bronze statue of King Wally… I mean His Holiness to be located on the medium strip of the Hume Hwy at the ACT/NSW border.

TVStar 10:44 am 09 May 11

creative_canberran said :

CT: “The next ACT election will be held in October last year.”

Well if Canberrans had trouble understanding the way the Hare-Clarke system works, just image how stuffed we are if territory elections are subject to a pre-destination temporal paradox.

Or more likely the journalist and subs at CT aren’t awake yet.

Their first draft forgot about Carnell entirely. lol.

creative_canberran 10:39 am 09 May 11

CT: “The next ACT election will be held in October last year.”

Well if Canberrans had trouble understanding the way the Hare-Clarke system works, just image how stuffed we are if territory elections are subject to a pre-destination temporal paradox.

Or more likely the journalist and subs at CT aren’t awake yet.

Holden Caulfield 10:37 am 09 May 11
The Frots 10:30 am 09 May 11

johnboy said :

This could be Zed’s big chance.

It could be anyones big chance JB – they haven’t got a high bar to jump really. Maybe, just maybe, there will be a big ‘art’ sell-off and we can start working on the issues that really are important – like health in the ACT.

TVStar 10:24 am 09 May 11

CANBERRA TIMES – LOL

Stanhope resigns as Chief Minister
09 May, 2011 09:57 AM
ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope will announce his resignation this morning after more than nine years in the top job.
Mr Stanhope will hold a media conference at 11am.

Deputy Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is expected to succeed Mr Stanhope. She will be the third woman to head an ACT Government (the first was Rosemary Follett and the second Kate Carnell).

Mr Stanhope is the longest-serving Chief Minister since the ACT gained self-government in 1989.

He celebrated his 60th birthday last month.

Mr Stanhope was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1998 and immediately took over the Labor leadership.

He formed a minority Labor Government after the 2001 election.

At the 2004 election, Labor captured nine of the Assembly’s 17 seats and formed the ACT’s first majority Government.

The party was reduced seven seats at the 2008 election and formed a minority government with the support of the Greens.

The next ACT election will be held in October last year.

Mr Stanhope is a trained lawyer. Prior to his election to the Assembly, he worked as a Commonwealth public servant and political staffer.

colourful sydney rac 10:23 am 09 May 11

johnboy said :

This could be Zed’s big chance.

That would require him to do something.

johnboy 10:22 am 09 May 11

This could be Zed’s big chance.

Bluey 10:21 am 09 May 11

Everyone all together now.

REJOICE!

Interesting Poll results not supporting Katy as preferred CM.

harvyk1 10:20 am 09 May 11

I would have thought that the CT would have done a little bit of research before making the following statement

Deputy Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is expected to succeed Mr Stanhope. She will be the second woman to head an ACT Government (the first was Rosemary Follett).

I’m pretty sure Kate Carnell was in there somewhere as the head of an ACT government. 10 seconds on wikipedia would have probably helped…

Solidarity 10:17 am 09 May 11

Seems the Times have forgotten about Kate Carnell.

Top notch reporting, as always.

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