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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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I-filed 8:43 pm 10 May 11

Overheard said :

The Frots said :

Hmmm. Not ‘legally allowed to have an opinion’……………..well, who is really. I think you’ll find most of the folks on here work for some form of Government (ACT or Feds) but they still manage to say a thing or two – and great for doing so. . . .
To work in the industry I do, to coin a phrase (one of my five to seven jobs), I have to sign a piece of paper that says I’m not a political animal. So I’m not. But apparently I am allowed to sing songs like ‘Power in a Union’ and ‘The World Turned Upside Down’, so there’s that.

Not so. Public servants are allowed to express political opinions and are allowed to join political parties. Including speech writers and media liaison officers in the public service. Public servants are simply required to serve the government of the day regardless of their private opinion. I don’t know which junior segment of the public service decided the above – simply not true.

The Frots 8:31 pm 10 May 11

Thumper said :

or evil overlord removals happen in threes….bin Laden, Stanhope….who is third?

Please be Gillard

Hear, hear……………………

Thumper 12:25 pm 10 May 11

So I’m thinking/speculating whatever that he was pushed rather unceremoniously out the door of the LA by Katy who thought it was her turn

Interesting comment Mr Magoo. I guess we’ll never know.

MrMagoo 10:37 am 10 May 11

OK two weeks ago in celebrating his 60th Birthday he was quoted as saying something akin to being fit as a malley bull and keen to keep working. So what happened? The cynic in me imagines that after hearing the news of his fitness Ms Gallagher stormed into his office and in a rather Keating-esque refrain, ‘hang on! We had a deal, you agreed to hand over the reins to me, now your fit and want to stay???’

So I’m thinking/speculating whatever that he was pushed rather unceremoniously out the door of the LA by Katy who thought it was her turn.

Mysteryman 11:52 pm 09 May 11

Very Busy said :

The Frots said :

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

We’re not – the ABC ran the story on its midday news at 12:21pm.

Anyway, it will be great to see the end of Stanhope. I am not so enthusiastic about the prospects of anyone decent taking over but it would be pretty hard to go backwards in that respect.

For me, after 30 years as a resident of Canberra, the decline during Stanhope’s reign, in the amenity of what was once a wonderful place to live, has been so utterly disappointing. It’s going to be very hard to pick up the pieces.

I agree. I can’t imagine his replacement being worse, but I’m doubtful that Katy will make any useful steps towards repairing the damage done by her incompetant predecessor.

I was very excited when I heard the news today.

Thumper 9:24 pm 09 May 11

or evil overlord removals happen in threes….bin Laden, Stanhope….who is third?

Please be Gillard

The Traineediplomat 8:20 pm 09 May 11

As the paraphrased quotes go “I for one welcome our Gallagheral Overlord, and remind her to reopen the underground sugar mines”.

or evil overlord removals happen in threes….bin Laden, Stanhope….who is third?

I-filed 7:24 pm 09 May 11

Every time a bit of glass falls off that bad sculpture atop the Glassworks, I’ll think of Stanhope. Every time a dodgy development goes up, wrecking a street, I’ll think of Stanhope.

LSWCHP 5:29 pm 09 May 11

Frustrated said :

p1 said :

Forwarded on to me an hour ago…

From: Stanhope, Jon
Sent: Monday, 9 May 2011 9:43 AM
Subject: Thank you

Chief Executives

Dear Chief Executive

I am writing to advise you that today I will announce my intention to resign as Chief Minister and Leader of the ACT Labor Party. I intend my resignation to take effect within the next week.

It has been a great honour and privilege to have led the ALP in the Territory since 1998, to have held the position of Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory since 2001, and to have served the people of Canberra during this time. We have a great city and a great community and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to make a contribution.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, professionalism and loyalty over the years and to pass on my appreciation to your hard working departmental staff who have supported me so well in my role as Chief Minister.

Yours sincerely

Jon Stanhope MLA

Who is your idiot friend, who felt compelled to send this outside the ACT Government.

That should have stayed in house.

Had my way, your friend would be sacked.

I’d have to assume that the idiot friend is one of the departmental chief executives, or someone close. Not an inspiring thought.

Frustrated 4:21 pm 09 May 11

p1 said :

Forwarded on to me an hour ago…

From: Stanhope, Jon
Sent: Monday, 9 May 2011 9:43 AM
Subject: Thank you

Chief Executives

Dear Chief Executive

I am writing to advise you that today I will announce my intention to resign as Chief Minister and Leader of the ACT Labor Party. I intend my resignation to take effect within the next week.

It has been a great honour and privilege to have led the ALP in the Territory since 1998, to have held the position of Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory since 2001, and to have served the people of Canberra during this time. We have a great city and a great community and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to make a contribution.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, professionalism and loyalty over the years and to pass on my appreciation to your hard working departmental staff who have supported me so well in my role as Chief Minister.

Yours sincerely

Jon Stanhope MLA

Who is your idiot friend, who felt compelled to send this outside the ACT Government.

That should have stayed in house.

Had my way, your friend would be sacked.

EvanJames 3:34 pm 09 May 11

Reprobate said :

Mr Evil said :

I think he deserves a gift from the people of the ACT for all his years of work as Chief Minister.

How about “a lasting memorial” at the Woden bus interchange?

GOLD!!!!

And a Bogan Shrine around the steel girders or maybe the windmill thing at woden.

georgesgenitals 3:25 pm 09 May 11

Gungahlin Al said :

EvanJames said :

creative_canberran said :

And I’m none to confident about what Katy G will do in the top job given she’s struggled with health.

It’s hard to believe that there’s any kind of useful brain in that head, when you see the look of vacuous blankness on the front of it.

She never tells people what she really thinks, or believes in. She talks in media sound bites and slogans.

Her image is that of a cardboard cutout, a thought-free zone, the most important thing to her seems to be in not saying anything that could offend anyone.

Perhaps watch a bit of her discussion about the third hospital issue at our GCC meeting last month? She demonstrated a depth of knowledge in her portfolio, and talked frankly and completely about our concerns. http://www.gcc.asn.au/Meetings-notices/Meeting-videos/april-2011-meeting.html

Seriously, people make judgements of others on the 10-second grabs a TV station chooses to use?

Well said. If any retard could get into politics and pull in a 6 figure package, half of Charnwood would be lined up outside.

Reprobate 3:01 pm 09 May 11

Mr Evil said :

I think he deserves a gift from the people of the ACT for all his years of work as Chief Minister.

How about “a lasting memorial” at the Woden bus interchange?

creative_canberran 2:23 pm 09 May 11

EvanJames said :

creative_canberran said :

And I’m none to confident about what Katy G will do in the top job given she’s struggled with health.

She never tells people what she really thinks, or believes in. She talks in media sound bites and slogans.

Her image is that of a cardboard cutout, a thought-free zone, the most important thing to her seems to be in not saying anything that could offend anyone.

Perhaps during the next election, she’ll announce that we’ll see the “real Katy”.

Erg0 2:23 pm 09 May 11

Gungahlin Al said :

Seriously, people make judgements of others on the 10-second grabs a TV station chooses to use?

Is this a trick question?

Mr Evil said :

I think he deserves a gift from the people of the ACT for all his years of work as Chief Minister, and my suggestion is that he is presented with the very popular Al Grassby statue that his good mate Hargreaves commissioned.

I must say, I am mildly outraged whenever I walk past that statue.

Gungahlin Al 2:16 pm 09 May 11

EvanJames said :

creative_canberran said :

And I’m none to confident about what Katy G will do in the top job given she’s struggled with health.

It’s hard to believe that there’s any kind of useful brain in that head, when you see the look of vacuous blankness on the front of it.

She never tells people what she really thinks, or believes in. She talks in media sound bites and slogans.

Her image is that of a cardboard cutout, a thought-free zone, the most important thing to her seems to be in not saying anything that could offend anyone.

Perhaps watch a bit of her discussion about the third hospital issue at our GCC meeting last month? She demonstrated a depth of knowledge in her portfolio, and talked frankly and completely about our concerns. http://www.gcc.asn.au/Meetings-notices/Meeting-videos/april-2011-meeting.html

Seriously, people make judgements of others on the 10-second grabs a TV station chooses to use?

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