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Hargreaves exits stage right

By Gungahlin Al - 10 October 2009 56

[First filed: Oct 9, 2009 @ 8:21]

John Hargreaves Some would say that it was inevitable following a long list of difficult episodes caused to the ALP government, but there was never any certainty given the man is as stoic as they come.

But it has finally come to pass that John Hargreaves is stepping down from the ministry, as reported by the ABC this morning.

There is no news on the ministry replacement as yet. What do people think? Joy Burch or Mary Porter?

Certainly Mary must have sensed the winds of change and has been bumping up her media releases and profile lately…

Meanwhile the Liberals have been pressuring for Hargreaves to serve out his term. Who *was* next on the list? They a bit concerned about that option or something?

And how would John handle the next few years on the “backbench” for all that means in the ACT (apart from a lot lower pay packet)?

What’s Your opinion?


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56 Responses to
Hargreaves exits stage right
DarkLadyWolfMother 10:47 am 09 Oct 09

I thought the Liberals were calling for his resignation over the last few screwups? Or have I misremembered?

Inappropriate 10:16 am 09 Oct 09

Can we have our fireworks back now?

Rosencrantz 10:15 am 09 Oct 09

Hargreaves wasn’t Minister for Corrections until after the election, true, but he had been campaigning for a prison here for some time – IIRC from as far back as when he was a Shadow Minister.

And yes, of course I’m serious about the roadworks – there used to be a traffic jam every arvo on Drakeford Drive before they added the extra lanes, and every morning and night on Tharwa Drive before they added the extra lanes. Why wouldn’t I be happy about not having to sit in that anymore??

dr phil 10:09 am 09 Oct 09

Does that mean we get our fire works back. I like the idea of fireworks tonight to mark the occasion.

MrMagoo 9:47 am 09 Oct 09

Lol @ Ferret

Well in celebration of John’s departure lets get drunk and play ‘blind cricket’. One of JH’s most memorable utterings.

pptvb 9:43 am 09 Oct 09

Well overdue

needlenose 9:43 am 09 Oct 09

@ Rosencrantz – that’s a bit bizarre, seeing as Hargreaves wasn’t made Minister for Corrections until *after* the election.

Growling Ferret 9:34 am 09 Oct 09

Rosencrantz

That’s nice you support yourself / family member that way. You read like a press release.

Love

The Ferret

dvaey 9:33 am 09 Oct 09

Rosencrantz said :

I, for one, think this news is a loss for the ACT. I voted for John Hargreaves and I’ll tell you exactly why: the world class prison that means we stand some chance of rehabilitating our crims rather than sending them to NSW prisons to come back as more skilled crims, the fireworks ban which I support, and his work as Roads Minister on fixing some of the longstanding traffic jams in Tuggeranong which I used to be subjected to every day (like Drakeford Drive, Athllon Drive and Tharwa Drive).

So, the prison, which at the last election was officially opened but was still months from actually being opened? Or the fireworks decision, which I heard no rumours of him banning at the last election (funny that). The road works, well, now I know youre just trolling.

icantbelieveitsnotbu 9:27 am 09 Oct 09

Zed’s crew don’t want Hargreaves gone because it would give the new Member time to make a name for themselves…

Hargreaves is entertaining, it would be a shame to see him go

Rosencrantz 9:20 am 09 Oct 09

I, for one, think this news is a loss for the ACT. I voted for John Hargreaves and I’ll tell you exactly why: the world class prison that means we stand some chance of rehabilitating our crims rather than sending them to NSW prisons to come back as more skilled crims, the fireworks ban which I support, and his work as Roads Minister on fixing some of the longstanding traffic jams in Tuggeranong which I used to be subjected to every day (like Drakeford Drive, Athllon Drive and Tharwa Drive).

This place needs more MLAs like Hargreaves who tell it like it is and are genuine human beings, not more people who would say and do anything to get elected.

Beau Locks 9:13 am 09 Oct 09

Best news I’ve had all morning. I imagine that many of his bureaucratic charges might share my sentiments.

Thumper 9:08 am 09 Oct 09

He should have been sacked years ago for his drunken oafish rants and less than stellar performances over the years.

However, one must admire his resiliance, and acknowledge that he must have been doing something right to hold on so tenuously over such a long time.

And if he was anything, he was far from boring 😉

jimbocool 9:01 am 09 Oct 09

A little bit hard to say for sure, but it should be Mick Gentleman as next one in. Libs should be cheering – Gentleman’s a lightweight, nowhere near the (mysteriously high) vote pulling power of Hargreaves. If there isn’t a definitive lead candidate at the next election for the ALP in Brindabella they may struggle a bit.

Postalgeek 8:56 am 09 Oct 09

Might let off some fireworks tonight to mark the occasion

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