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John Hargreaves quits cabinet after drink driving charge

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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seepi seepi 4:12 pm 09 Jun 06

Bonfire – you can walk to the dragway site from my house in Hackett. It isn’t ‘many’ km away at all. There are also 26 rural residences in the Majura Valley who will be so badly affected they are being advised to take subsidised weekends away from their homes whenever the dragway operates. Not to mention the sweet elderly couple whose land the dragway is actually being built on – their house is pretty close by.

terubo terubo 2:00 pm 09 Jun 06

I’ve got a title for that:
“The Three F**kmuppeteers”.

Kerces Kerces 12:43 pm 09 Jun 06

Just dragging the discussion back on thread for a moment, the CT seems to be being a day late with their Pryor cartoons but I did like this one from yesterday. Think he reads RA?

bonfire bonfire 11:46 am 09 Jun 06

ant – they are not building the dragway where people live. it is many kilometres away, with a ridge and bushland in between.

its also an election committment.

and i can guarentee the black mariahs are parked outside any drag event administering non RBT’s as people exit and enter. they usually take the opportunity to perform non random roadworthys.

Kerces Kerces 11:16 am 08 Jun 06

Seepi, may I take the liberty of pointing you at this helpful comment?

ant ant 9:25 am 08 Jun 06

Seepi, you should write an actual article about this. I lived “close” to the old Dragway. It’s all true, and more. The noise is horrific, there is nothing like it. The airport is nothing compared with the violent bursts of almost unbelieveable noise. How on earth can they contemplate building such a thing where people live?

Indi Indi 9:14 am 08 Jun 06

Seepi – I should have mentioned that I’ve read the report. In fact, I agree with your sentiments, with the exception of operating times.

In terms of ‘political speak’ I was simply pointing out just how far a pollie may go to appease one group at the expense of the effected residents who most likely vote for Stanhope anyway (or if the dragstrip goes ahead they may not!)

seepi seepi 8:48 am 08 Jun 06

yeah sorry – I’ve been itching to post about the dragway for ages, but wimped out cos I couldn’t face all the nimby/greeny attacks.

johnboy johnboy 11:09 pm 07 Jun 06

Sorry guys, what the hell does the dragway have to do with Hargreaves DUI charge?

seepi seepi 6:43 pm 07 Jun 06

PS – noise levels on Mt MAjura nature park (to be renamed Noise buffer zone) will be 100 Decibells. 80 decibells is when converstaion is impossible. Thisw 100 decibel figure is only an average. Noise peaks will be much much worse. For this reason the EPA has had to rewrite the ACT noise code to accomodate dragway events. Under existing noise polution laws in the ACT the dragway could not operate.

seepi seepi 6:41 pm 07 Jun 06

It is to operate on weekends only, with some 3 day events. It will be louder than the airport for the entire time it is operating. It will be 80 Decibells in Hackett (enough to drown out conversation). That is only the ‘average’ of the noise. There will be much louder noise spikes as races start etc. These will be enough to wake shiftworkers/babies in their beds. this is in the suburbs. Residents in the actual Majura Valley are being offered hotel accomodation during Dragway events as their houses will be unlivable due to noise! (who will meet this ongoing cost?) This information is all in the EPA report available on the act govt website. However since the report was done, the govt has stated they cannot afford to dig the dragway 5 metres into the ground, as a noise abatement measure, so noise levels will be much much worse. This is why affected residents are very upset. If you want to argue various points about decibels, whether it will be worse than the airport etc, please have a look at the report first. This info is all directly from the govt report.

Indi Indi 5:42 pm 07 Jun 06

Seepi I’ve never heard of a dragway operating 12 hours a day every day…how about a few minute bursts a few times a week, fortnight or even a month.

If the initial funding from the govt is enough and Stanhope thinks its a sound idea (I don’t think the public would though) to throw some coin to the petrolheads, let them run and fund it forever thereafter!

areaman areaman 5:23 pm 07 Jun 06

The question is how often would the noise be much louder than the airport? If it was everynight till 10 on the dot that would be an issue, if it was a couple of times a year, let them have their fun.

seepi seepi 5:09 pm 07 Jun 06

You’re right – the ‘mountain’ (hill) doesn’t stop the firing range noise, and the dragway noise will be much louder and go from 10AM to 10PM. The ‘mountain’ also has a great big saddle (hole) in the middle of it. The goverment’s own noise report predicts extensive noise disturbance. The ‘mountain’ has been known (and loved) up to now as the Mt Majura nature park. Once the dragway goes in the govt has retitled it: Dragway noise buffer zone. noice!

Mr Evil Mr Evil 5:05 pm 07 Jun 06

Hargreaves didn’t look like a drinking man to me!

areaman areaman 4:33 pm 07 Jun 06

Of course there’s a mountian in between them and the dragway, I guess we’ll see when it’s built. I know as a long time east Ainslie resident I never had a problem with aircraft noise and is the a ADF firing range around there somewhere because I’d often hear exposions as well, but again not so loud as to be annoying.

seepi seepi 3:35 pm 07 Jun 06

The whole of molonglo isn’t dragway affected, but the voters of Hackett, Ainslie, Majura Valley, Campbell, Watson, downer and dickson make a significant number – enough to keep Deb in I’d say. + the same area has lost their local college.

Indi Indi 3:07 pm 07 Jun 06

30 pieces of silver says he won’t be staying all that long – there’s just a hint of generational change going on it would seem at the moment..Ted’s out, so who’s the next likely suspect facing the broom?

terubo terubo 2:59 pm 07 Jun 06

More worrying, are the times he probably hasn’t been caught.

blub blub 2:34 pm 07 Jun 06

It means he just won’t be in Cabinet. He’s not resigning as MLA. Just giving up his ministerial post – until the court hearing – depending on the judgement he might be reinstated as minister.

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