This afternoon long-serving MLA Ted Quinlan will make his way along the corridors of the Assembly to Speaker Wayne Berry’s office to deliver a letter. That letter will contain his formal resignation notice.
Tomorrow Mr Quinlan will go into hospital for his second knee reconstruction — a souvenir from his time as an AFL player, a career which brought him to Canberra in the first place.
Mr Quinlan announced his retirement at the end of January. Some speculated this would bring an end to the reign of sanity in Canberra’s (small) halls of power.
He said at the time he hopes to spend his time working on his golf handicap (and having knee surgery, but hopefully not too often).
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UPDATE: Mr Quinlan has denied he was not tough enough on his colleagues’ spending, a question brought up by the ABC given he is leaving us with a large deficit budget.