Former RiotACT regular and blogger at The Political ACT Richard Fox has this week joined the staff of ACT Transport and Municipal Services Minister Meegan Fitzharris.
While The Political ACT blog was still live this morning and remained active on Twitter until ten days ago, the site disappeared from public view this afternoon.
Fox started as a media adviser to Ms Fitzharris on Tuesday.
He told the RiotACT earlier today that The Political ACT and its related social media accounts would remain inactive while he was working for Ms Fitzharris, and by late this afternoon the blog had been “marked private by its owner”.
The site had been actively ramping up its thoughtful coverage of the ACT political scene in the lead up to the Legislative Assembly election in October until it went silent in late May.
Fox’s tweets at @ThePoliticalACT continued till June 7, and included several retweets of positive reactions to the ACT Budget as well as a tweet having a dig at the ACT Liberals about their social media style:
@GiuliaJones: MLA LIGHT RAIL = HEAVY TAXES AND REDUCED SERVICES
@ThePoliticalACT: LIBERALS TWEET BUDGET RESPONSE IN CAPITAL LETTERS.
Fox ran unsuccessfully in Labor’s pre-selection last November. He was hoping to become a candidate for the October poll alongside Ms Fitzharris in the seat of Yerrabi, and like his new boss is a member of the right faction of the party.
The former Fairfax journalist was a member of the ANU’s media team until last week, and was still listed on their website as Corporate Communications Officer and ANU Reporter Editor earlier today.
ANU Strategic Communications Manager James Grubel spoke highly of Fox, saying he had overseen a successful revamp of the flagship ANU Reporter publication among other tasks.
Fox had served out his full notice period at the ANU and a replacement would be appointed within a few weeks, Mr Grubel said.