Jacqui Burke Out of Line

MrMagoo 15 November 2007 69

Shadow Minister for Health Ms Jacqui Burke is way out of line with her remarks yesterday that Katy Gallagher is a part time Minister. Typical of a Party with no vision for working families and mothers wishing to balance career and family, Ms Burke made the outrageous claims yesterday in the Assembly.

Opposition Leader Bill Stefaniak has two choices as far as I can see it, either ask Ms Burke to unreservedly withdraw her diabolical comments or sack her from the front bench immediately.

No one uttered a word when Ms Burke could hardly speak for three months when she had her ‘mystery illness’ yet here she is attacking a hard working Mum and holder of Public Office for political pointscoring. Its any wonder working families wonder what a Liberal Government would for them.

[ED – The Canberra Times has the story here]

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Joe Canberran Joe Canberran 10:35 am 15 Nov 07

I always got the feeling Jacqui was the ‘Minister irresponsible for’

I wouldn’t have said part-time, just useless.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 10:47 am 15 Nov 07

Yep, Katy was useless before she became a Mum too, so using motherhood as a defence is pretty weak.

How many portfolio areas has she stuffed up already while she’s been in office, and now she’s doing such an awesome job in health!

MrMagoo MrMagoo 10:53 am 15 Nov 07

I see in further media reporting today that Mrs Burke is claiming she was misrepresented. Sorry Jacqui, but you accuse someone of being part time and you attack them on their return from Maternity Leave while still caring for a child, how do you think it should be represented? Instead of attacking someone for being a working mother, try offering the Electorate an alternative….oh that’s right, the Liberals in the ACt are too busy stabbing each other in the back as well. One can only be happy she had the intestical fortitude to attack Ms Gallagher to her face, albeit in the chamber under Parliamentary Privilaged

Thumper Thumper 10:56 am 15 Nov 07

I agree, Katy has been pretty useless so Ms Burke’s comments are superfluous.

Frankly, it was a stupid thing for ms Burke to say.

Jonathon Reynolds Jonathon Reynolds 11:19 am 15 Nov 07


I agree with Jacqui’s comment (when taken in the proper context of which it was made) – Katy Gallagher is effectively a part time minister, not because she is off on maternity leave, but because she only wants to be recognised for the “parts” that she wants, the parts that put her in a favorable light, and never the parts that show her to be an incompetent and ineffectual minister.

The problem is that Katy Gallagher wants to hold the office of Minister, yet never is never responsible nor accountable for anything that occurs in her portfolios.

This is the minister that denied responsibility for what happened to disabled persons under care of her portfolio at the time (Which ultimately resulted in the Vardon report: Review of the Safety of Children in Care in the ACT), this is the same minister who infamously stated that she was only responsible for public schools not private schools when she was the Education minister. The same minister that was well aware of sham consultation on school closures. And this is the same Minister that continues to attempt to put a positive spin on health issues when it is clear that she doesn’t have a clue and nothing is actually being done to address them.

In fact every time something severely negative occurs in a portfolio that Katy is responsible for there just happens to be a change of ministry miraculously in an attempt to keep her image squeaky clean or the Chief Minister intervenes …

To the credit of Jacqui, even when she had her bout of palsy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palsy) that affected her voice she was still there 100% of the time doing her job.

sepi sepi 11:29 am 15 Nov 07

The question of a minister taking her baby to work while on full pay is an interesting one. I would feel more comfortable with the situation if Katy were paying a nanny to assist and accompany her at work.

Typing with one hand while jiggling the baby may be better than doing nothing, but it is not 100% capacity. Presumably though, this is a short term situation, and the baby will go to daycare once she is a little older.

Liberal Minister Jacqui What’s-er-name (ex-airforce, went on dancing with the stars) had to publically apologise after it came out that she was getting her parliamentary staff to mind her baby at the office a few years ago.

MrMagoo MrMagoo 11:46 am 15 Nov 07

I would say that Katy Gallagher’s portfolio moves relate more to a Chief Minister who is threatened by someone who eventually will oust him as Leader. Stanhope moves her around to take the limelight of someone who runs rings around him.

Sepi,you are thinking of Jacqui Kelly, former Federal Sports Minister

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:48 am 15 Nov 07

“I would say that Katy Gallagher’s portfolio moves relate more to a Chief Minister who is threatened by someone who eventually will oust him as Leader. Stanhope moves her around to take the limelight of someone who runs rings around him.”

You’re joking, right?

Spitfire3 Spitfire3 11:49 am 15 Nov 07

Am I the only one rolling on the floor at MrMagoo’s brilliant new phrase “intestical fortitude”?

I have nothing worthwhile to add that’s actually relevant to the topic at hand, by the way. Sorry.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:56 am 15 Nov 07

Why does an election year draw out all the kooks?
Way to force through opinion as an alleged news item, though.
Who is moderating, and are they the same one who lets through the rants about ‘overpriced’ pizzas?

MrMagoo MrMagoo 11:59 am 15 Nov 07

LOL at Spitfire, that’s what happens when you let a blind man type.

Mr Evil, Sonic sits in the middle with no protection from either faction and it is only a matter of time before either of the factions has had enough of him. so answer to your question is no, not joking at all.

MrMagoo MrMagoo 12:02 pm 15 Nov 07


Kook or not mate, my opinion is based on what I believed was an outrageous attack on someone for being a mother. it owuld be akin to a parent of a student at my wife’s school accusing my wife of only teaching part time because she is a mother too. Last time I noticed it is a Federal Election year, ACT is next year mate and your mates within the Liberal Party have until then to get their own house in order so that they can put a viable alternative forward.

I am by no means a fan of the current ACT Labor Govt in all the things they do, but please oh please don’t tell me you would rather see Bill Stefaniak represent the interests of this Territory at COAG etc?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:13 pm 15 Nov 07

I think MrMagoo IS Katy Gallagher!

Thumper Thumper 12:22 pm 15 Nov 07

I’d rather see Bill Stefaniak represent the interests of this Territory at COAG, etc, simply because he would represent the ACT, and not go off on some totally unrelated diatribe about human rights in the Sudan, or wherever.

boomacat boomacat 12:28 pm 15 Nov 07

The local Liberals are a farce. Their incompetence managed to deliver the Labor party the first majority government in the history of the Assembly. No one is listening to them. They need to quit with this ridiculous right wing hysterical bolllocks, dump these luney duds and get real if they ever hope to see government again.

MrMagoo MrMagoo 12:31 pm 15 Nov 07

So Thumper next you’ll be telling me Canberra needs a Dragway too.

Thankyou boomacat.

Thumper Thumper 12:35 pm 15 Nov 07

No. I couldn’t give a toss about a dragway.

But if the majority of the people want one then why not.

boomacat boomacat 12:40 pm 15 Nov 07

If there was such demand for a dragway surely a private operator would have built one by now?

Perhaps it’s just a small bunch of loud bogans, from whom the Liberals think it will be easy to buy votes.

Maybe if they had any real policies they wouldn’t need to rely on these desperate tactics?

sepi sepi 12:43 pm 15 Nov 07

Here’s a plan – put the dragway at lawson on the contaminated ground, and build lots of small houses all around it – they’ll be super affordable.

Thumper Thumper 12:58 pm 15 Nov 07

Hey Booma, you forget that Stanhope also promised a dragway, then reneged.

But all that aside, i still couldn’t give a rats about a dragway.

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