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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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Mr Evil 9:15 pm 23 Feb 12

Was the note written on the back of a timesheet or something????

Hargreaves: the MLA you get the day after the night before.

bd84 8:32 pm 23 Feb 12

Hargreaves is an absolute moron, as is anybody that actually voted for him at the last election. Having said that, the comment is more amusing than offensive.

johnboy 5:57 pm 23 Feb 12

vg said :

So the remark is less stupid, offensive and below that of a politician (OK, OK I know I’m talking the council) because Coe waited 18 months?

Nice work at justifying that drunk’s behaviour

More just that the politics of offense taking is particularly ugly from anyone pretending to be a liberal, and he appears to have played into the government’s hands so it was dumb as well as peurile.

Why let a retiring government member nobly fall on his sword when your own leader is under this kind of pressure?

vg 5:50 pm 23 Feb 12

So the remark is less stupid, offensive and below that of a politician (OK, OK I know I’m talking the council) because Coe waited 18 months?

Nice work at justifying that drunk’s behaviour

astrojax 2:30 pm 23 Feb 12

Ben_Dover said :

God, how boring will local parochial politics get if every single bloody politician with any spark of originality and personality is replaced with bland boring party line toeing apparatchiks who have never existed outside of local politics?

zzzzzz, huh? ..um, sorry, what? i was sleeping… is it not like that already? but how utterly fascinately boring can they become – we watch with bated breath.

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