Follett to Stefaniak: hang in there

Kerces 10 November 2006 6

In a case of odd bedfellow, ACT Opposition leader Bill Stefaniak has been taking advice from former Labor Chief Minister Rosemary Follett. Well, the advice mainly seems to have been to just hang in there and tough out the latest scandal, but from the Canberra Times story on the matter it appears that one sought out the other.

Mr Stefaniak talked briefly about that email to the ACT Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday. Apparently someone rang him to say (mysteriously) they thought it was great publicity, but the Opposition leader would much rather the focus was back on the Government’s failings.

His speech to the CCI was part of the Liberals’ attempt to contain the fallout, with threats having been made of businesses withdrawing donations to the party if it continues in the current shambolic state.

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6 Responses to Follett to Stefaniak: hang in there
publius publius 9:50 am 11 Nov 06

You have got to feel some sympathy for Stefaniak. As Follett suggested all he can do is to hang in there. Clearly he was hung out to dry by the person who leaked the email. If you read the email carefully one MLA comes out OK compared to the rest. That is why it is so obvious that it was deliberately leaked. What is the next bit of controversy for the Libs? Perhaps the AHA report will be leaked. Does it even exist?

Nik_the_Pig Nik_the_Pig 12:51 am 11 Nov 06

Oh bollocks, that comment wasn’t designed to give Stefaniak support but to remind the public of hte trouble the libs are having.

Thumper Thumper 1:03 pm 10 Nov 06

Strange bed fellows indeed, but Follett was reasonably conservative and I think had a slightly different view of the core ideals of the ALP than Our Brave Leader (TM)

barking toad barking toad 10:51 am 10 Nov 06

Speaking of Rosemary, I see in todays canberra age that she’s got a guernsey on the new body set up by nohope to address the shills shortage in the ACT.


Kerces Kerces 10:20 am 10 Nov 06

That may be, but it seems to be what he used the speech for. Remember, he may have been scheduled four weeks ago to talk but that doesn’t mean he wrote his speech four weeks ago.

youshould_knowthis youshould_knowthis 10:12 am 10 Nov 06

I’m not sure that the speech was designed to stop the fallout – I got an invitation to the lunch from the CCI about 4 or so weeks ago – before the public spat (at least publicly.)

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