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Do we need to shut down some planning too ?

By Maelinar - 14 April 2007 25

Corbs got the chuck, Hargreaves isn’t allowed to talk to anybody – this is like watching Neighbours. CT has taken to calling Stanhope a new super-portfolio – is this first dib story in response to their bleating earlier this week about not having the good goss before the other papers get it ?

[ED – CT story here]

The new roles and responsibilities of our industrious leaders;

Jon Stanhope Chief Minister, Treasurer, Environment, Business and Economic Development, Land Development, Ageing, Indigenous Affairs, Arts.

Katy Gallagher Deputy Chief Minister, Health, Disability and Community Services, Women.

Andrew Barr Education and Training, Planning, Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Industrial Relations.

John Hargreaves Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services, Transport, Housing, Multicultural Affairs.

Simon Corbell Attorney-General, Police and Emergency Services.

UPDATED: In the Canberra Times Simon expresses his sorrow at losing his planning powers and, worryingly, Our Brave Leader promises that Andrew Barr will do to planning what he did to education. Meanwhile Katy Gallagher says the stoushing is no big deal.

What’s Your opinion?


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25 Responses to
Do we need to shut down some planning too ?
Pandy 12:06 am 16 Apr 07

Are you saying Andrew will do a bit of shafting and boning in Dame Patie Menzies?

I frankly doubt it.

Bartron 11:31 pm 15 Apr 07

worryingly, Our Brave Leader promises that Andrew Barr will do to planning what he did to education

God have mercy on us all…..time to move.

junkett 10:24 pm 15 Apr 07

Get a grip. We only have 300k+ in the ACT. A City council would have done fine. Remember the referendum that was ignored? So what if Nohope has to earn his left wing dollars. About time he did some work instead of getting his Beaker head in front of the TV (well look at him..he is Beaker! And just as lifelike!)

LG 12:30 pm 15 Apr 07

After thinking about it, I think Stanhope’s new ‘super’ portfolio is a joke.

Firstly, the ACT is tiny compared to the rest of Australia and not even the size of a pimple on someone’s arse compared to the entire planet.

We have no real industry to speak of… What the heck is the ACT going to do to address global warming? This reeks of metoo-ism and playing off against the Feds.

Lets not forget that the ACT had targets but failed to meet them and in the end, Stanhope abandomed them – but now all the Labor State and Territory leaders are signing up to 60% reductions…

end rant

Glimmertwins 12:07 pm 15 Apr 07

The point is that in small parliaments ministerial responsibilities are concentrated among a small cabinet. ACT is no different. Look at the NT http://www.nt.gov.au/ntg/chiefmin.html
ot Tas
http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/cabinet/

Avacry 11:29 am 15 Apr 07

Glimmertwins you have completely missed the point.

Glimmertwins 10:21 am 15 Apr 07

Ministers in the small states/territories (eg SA/Tas/ACT/NT) have lots of portfolios.

Even if he wanted to, Stanhope is not able to have any more than 5 Ministers. The ACT Self Government Act enshrines in law that 5 is the maximum number of Ministers possible.

The federal parliament would have to change the Act to enable any more Ministers. Can’t see that happening anytime soon.

LG 10:05 am 15 Apr 07

The dictatorship grows…

Pandy 11:45 pm 14 Apr 07

Busway is DEAD!!! Long life light rail!

miz 9:41 pm 14 Apr 07

It’s weird that Karin McDonald doesn’t get Education. She used to be a teacher.
And even weirder that Hargreaves has anything at all . . . Mick G (in contrast) seems to be a capable fellow, mystifying why he has no portfolio. Both McDonald and Gentleman are from Tuggeranong, it certainly would be nice to get a bit of (sensible) Tuggers input into Cabinet.

futto 8:43 pm 14 Apr 07

having all that power in one person is very dangerous. The man is chief minister, treasury, environment and in charge of land development. Jesus!

I’m now officially in the “anybody but labor or liberal” camp.

GnT 7:30 pm 14 Apr 07

That is their argument for requiring more MLAs – to share the workload around.

It does seem as though Stanhope is trying to run the whole government himself.

Very Good 6:58 pm 14 Apr 07

I look at it the other way Andy. How crap must Porter and Gentleman be that they aren’t trusted with even the tiniest portfolio. They must be the biggest mouth breathers of all time.

andy 6:47 pm 14 Apr 07

Seriously, do any other ministers, be they state or federal, have control and responsibility for so many portfolios ?
How can they possibly stay across all that knowledge and responsibility ?

Oh Wait, thats right. THey cant.

Kerces 6:28 pm 14 Apr 07

Perhaps now Simon will have time to answer our email survey questions.

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