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John Hargreaves quits cabinet after drink driving charge

By Kerces - 7 June 2006 49

The ABC radio news just ran a story that Municipal Services and Housing Minister John Hargreaves has resigned from Cabinet after being charged with drink driving last night.

Police stopped him on the Tuggeranong Parkway, driving home after post-budget celebrations.

The ABC reported Mr Hargreaves measured 0.097 on the breathalyser.

I believe the Speaker has accepted his resignation.

UPDATED: The Chief Minister has put out a media release saying Mr. Hargreaves is not resigning from anything but rather is stepping aside pending “legal resolution of the incident”. (thanks to Areaman for the heads up)

FURTHER UPDATE: The ABC has finally got the story online including very sympathetic comments by Bill Stefaniak.

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John Hargreaves quits cabinet after drink driving charge
areaman 12:00 pm 07 Jun 06

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Apparently he’s standing aside until it’s delt with… not really sure how to read that.

Thumper 11:58 am 07 Jun 06

Peter Dunn has said he’s chucking it in if ESA gets moved to Justice.

The hole is just getting deeper and deeper….

areaman 11:58 am 07 Jun 06

no doubt the mayor will add another portfolio to his list

Nah they’ll have to run another caucus ballot to fill the spot.

Mr Evil 11:45 am 07 Jun 06

It just gets better and better for Sonic, doesn’t it!

barking toad 11:44 am 07 Jun 06

what the fuck was he celebrating?

no doubt the mayor will add another portfolio
to his list

areaman 11:37 am 07 Jun 06

He’s quit cabinet, I doubt he’s retiring.

Binker 11:36 am 07 Jun 06

It could be a convenient distraction from a difficult to sell budget.

areaman 11:35 am 07 Jun 06

However, given the unpopularity of the budget and the government at present, is it possible that he too is jumping ship?

I doubt it, he so wanted to be a minister and considering his hard right politics I’d say he would have been pushing for even more cuts.

Absent Diane 11:34 am 07 Jun 06

Well I think if he didn’t retire then the government would have copped a lot of flack after getting their high horse about the bill stephoniak issue…

Thumper 11:32 am 07 Jun 06

Hehehe… I see that you are well aquainted with that little rumour…

areaman 11:30 am 07 Jun 06

Ha, it must have been after lunch.

That explains a lot.

Thumper 11:28 am 07 Jun 06

This town is in some serious trouble….

Thumper 11:24 am 07 Jun 06

At least he didn’t shirk it. I’ll give him that, even if I don’t think he should resign for that one discretion.

However, given the unpopularity of the budget and the government at present, is it possible that he too is jumping ship?

kimba 11:22 am 07 Jun 06

Why am I not surprised. And the sad thing is that there is no one of any ability in Stanhope’s government to replace him. This governmnet is a bloody joke.

johnboy 11:21 am 07 Jun 06

Now that’s taking responsibility.

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