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Hargreaves gone as whip after passing Alistair Coe a note

By johnboy - 23 February 2012 25

The ABC brings word of the Government Whip John Hargreaves resigning as whip after the Liberals’ humourless Alistair Coe decided now was a good time to take offence about a note passed 18 months ago:

Mr Hargreaves says it has been suggested by Mr Coe that he had intended the note as a homophobic slur against Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

“The note was in poor taste and referred to the mountain bike race at Stromlo Park. It has been suggested by Mr Coe that I intended it as a gay slur and as a slur against the Deputy Chief Minister,” he said.

“I need the record to show that I reject Mr Coe’s premise regarding the note I have a record going back decades in which I have championed the cause of gays and lesbians in this town.”

Mr Hargreaves says he has resigned as whip to spare the government any political damage.

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Hargreaves gone as whip after passing Alistair Coe a note
EvanJames 11:51 am 23 Feb 12

Coe maintained his outrage for 18 months? How utterly infantile.

Holden Caulfield 11:22 am 23 Feb 12

I only approve of tit-for-tat if both chicks are hot.

Mysteryman 10:44 am 23 Feb 12

It appears to just be tit-for-tat. This whole government/opposition is a joke.

astrojax 10:38 am 23 Feb 12

dungfungus said :

Keijidosha said :

He should at least get detention for passing notes in class.

He doesn’t know how to Twitter yet.

i think the verb is ‘tweet’…

if coe was doing this for its publicity value, he must hate krudd! 🙂

dungfungus 10:14 am 23 Feb 12

Keijidosha said :

He should at least get detention for passing notes in class.

He doesn’t know how to Twitter yet.

Thumper 9:52 am 23 Feb 12

chewy14 said :

dpm said :

So, do we know what it said?

Probably something about riding moutainbikes downhill without a seat?

Something about the arena being used for mountain bikes and not mounting men.

Thumper 9:51 am 23 Feb 12

I have no love of Hargreaves however, this is grubby gutter politics by Coe.

A pox on both their houses.

johnboy 9:47 am 23 Feb 12

He doesn’t seem to be a chess player.

Throwing Hargreaves under the bus a few months early just makes call for Zed’s head more righteous.

It’d be nice to see an ability to think a few months ahead.

Heavs 9:43 am 23 Feb 12

Will this go down as the worst attempted SQUIRREL! moment of all time by Coe?

chewy14 9:41 am 23 Feb 12

dpm said :

So, do we know what it said?

Probably something about riding moutainbikes downhill without a seat?

Rollersk8r 9:35 am 23 Feb 12

I thought it was a funny comment, as was his Vicki Dunne joke. But doesn’t excuse the fact he is a rude, arrogant old man who is highly prone to this sort of thing.

Keijidosha 9:28 am 23 Feb 12

He should at least get detention for passing notes in class.

dpm 9:25 am 23 Feb 12

So, do we know what it said?

MrMagoo 9:22 am 23 Feb 12

Seriously its John Hargreaves, are we that surprised. Secondly, why would he be passing a note to the Opposition? And is he that naive/stupid to think that it wouldn’t come back to bite him one day?

dungfungus 9:04 am 23 Feb 12

Does this mean Andrew Barr doesn’t like the whip anymore?

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