A few weeks ago word reached us that the Chief Minister’s department had been instructed to keep a much beadier eye on the doings of Simon Corbell, make of that scuttlebutt what you will.
In the wake of some public acclaim for standing up against pay parking at the hospital Simon Corbell has now taken another two swings at the Chief Minister in the same day.
Firstly announcing to the Canberra Times that he’s not convinced pumping recycled water back uphill and into our water catchments is a brilliant idea.
Then he launched an attack on the Chief Minister’s plans to release land “englobo” (undeveloped) leaving the builders free to leave out such amenities as verges, navigable streets, or parks.
To round it all out Jack Waterford muses circuitously about what Simon could possibly be up to with a couple of pointed barbs Mr. Stanhope might well have passed onto him.
UPDATED: The CT reports John Hargreaves has thrown a tanny about Simon’s disloyalty.
“The Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Mr Hargreaves, said if Mr Corbell could not hold to the party line he should do “the honourable thing” and resign from cabinet. “His expression of disloyalty to the Chief Minister in recent times is unforgivable,” Mr Hargreaves said. “I am seriously disappointed that the hitherto strong cabinet solidarity … has been abused. I will not stand by and be silent when the integrity and leadership of Jon Stanhope is in question.”
Mr Hargreaves warned Mr Corbell any leadership aspirations he had were now crushed.
“As long as the right wing [of the ALP] draws breath and I’m in the Parliament he will not be in the leadership or deputy leadership,” he said.
Mr Hargreaves rejected rumours of an ALP split over Mr Corbell’s comments. “The notion of the party being split or divided is absolute nonsense .. [Mr Corbell] is a loner.”
It’s going to be tough to play happy families once all this has blown over.