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Civil War?

By johnboy - 12 April 2007 21

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.

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21 Responses to
Civil War?
Widdershins 2:38 pm 12 Apr 07

Read this, from ACTEW:
[you’d think such a genius would know how to use a link]

ACTEW wants to increase the size of the current dam significantly in order to hold the recycled water – it’s not a ‘small amount’ of extra water, it’s mountains of the stuff.

There is no point building a new dam without recycled water to fill it. There IS NO RAIN to fill it.

‘Experts’ coming out against is one guy, so far, and his comments need to be considered thusly: yes, there is a very very small risk of contamination (some would say basically NO risk, however, given how good water purification is when recycling). There is, however, an imminent, obvious and quite SERIOUS risk of having no water at all. Balance the two – no water at all? or the minute chance of contamination (which they would fix quick smart, if it occured).

Maelinar 12:37 pm 12 Apr 07

“outstanding” in front of the firing squad…

Cameron 12:27 pm 12 Apr 07

I wouldn’t think seven-storey-simon would go close to having the numbers either, but I guess it’s possible he’s starting to believe that the current disgust at the government might make his colleagues a little less confident in their current leader heading into the next election.

Who is the next Labor leader when the Comrade decides to retire/avoid the judgement of the people? Katy Gallagher? Simon Corbell? Enough to make you want to vote Liberal.

teddy bear 12:18 pm 12 Apr 07

“Outstanding” VP? Depends what he is being compared with.

The ACT deserves much better; someone with some good economic credentials preferably and they seem to be pretty short on the ground.

VicePope 11:26 am 12 Apr 07

This is a pity. Stanhope is an outstanding local pollie (probably the only one who could survive outside the creche that is the ACT Legislative Assembly), but he needs Simon Corbell to keep him looking good (at least comparatively). I was hoping to use the next ACT election to suggest a “put Simon last” campaign. (Nothing else, just annoyed about parking). If he blows up and out, the opportunity is gone.

So maybe I’ll have to to try it in the Fed election where Gary Humphries is apparently a decent bloke but one who does zip for the ACT or its workforce. If enough people put him last, in favour of the ALP. Greens, indies, the other Lib, whatever, it would send a message that the voters expect representation. Gee, it’d be good to be marginal or to be represented by the senator who can be a balance of power.

barking toad 10:41 am 12 Apr 07

A changing of the guard in the wind?

I’m tipping the mayor will pull the pin before long to channel his social engineering skills in some other sphere. Hopefully far away from the ACT.

Sadly, because we have a weak opposition and no strong independents, the change in government we crave will be limited to a change at the head of the existing council. Sad simon for sonic.

One dunderhead for another.

Avacry 10:26 am 12 Apr 07

So the factions come out!

johnboy 10:07 am 12 Apr 07

He’s not even close to having the numbers unless he wants to get jiggy with the Liberals on the floor of the Assembly.

And I reckon he’d get his legs broken for that.

bonfire 10:00 am 12 Apr 07

et tu brutus?

Cameron 10:00 am 12 Apr 07

Leadership challenge?

la mente torbida 9:58 am 12 Apr 07

Where do you want to put the dam?
A new dam seems pointless when the main issue has been the lack of rainfall in the catchment areas.
A new dam would surely just be a big hole in the ground.
Unless, of course, we could build the dam in an area of high rainfall (Papua & New Guinea perhaps) and then pump it to Canberra.

seepi 9:50 am 12 Apr 07

This govt does seem to rush into things – like the water recycling which experts are coming out against.
Prof Colignon pointed out that we have quite pure disease free water in Canberra, and it seems a bit pointless to possibly contaminate it, for the sake of a fairly small amount of extra water.
I don’t want recycled water – time for a new dam.

Back to Simon vs Jon – I always thought Simon was a bit dippy and Jon fairly sensible – maybe I’ve had them the wrong way around!

bugalugs 9:43 am 12 Apr 07

Not quite. The last two links are still the same.

My two cents – Corbell is a Knob!

johnboy 9:34 am 12 Apr 07


bugalugs 9:27 am 12 Apr 07


I think the links are a bit messed up

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