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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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49 Responses to John Hargreaves quits cabinet after drink driving charge
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johnboy johnboy 11:21 am 07 Jun 06

Now that’s taking responsibility.

kimba 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.

Thumper 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?

Thumper Thumper 11:28 am 07 Jun 06

This town is in some serious trouble….

areaman areaman 11:30 am 07 Jun 06

Ha, it must have been after lunch.

That explains a lot.

Thumper Thumper 11:32 am 07 Jun 06

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

Absent Diane 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…

areaman 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.

Binker Binker 11:36 am 07 Jun 06

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

areaman areaman 11:37 am 07 Jun 06

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

barking toad 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

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:45 am 07 Jun 06

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

areaman 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.

Thumper 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 areaman 12:00 pm 07 Jun 06


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

Thumper Thumper 12:07 pm 07 Jun 06

Thanks Area.

You’re right, it’s a bit hard to understand what that really means.

Binker Binker 12:08 pm 07 Jun 06

Read: when he has plead guilty, has “offence proven, no conviction recorded, no penalty imposed” and has donated $600 to a victims of crime charity he gets his job back.

Thumper Thumper 12:11 pm 07 Jun 06

Most probably Mr Binker…

Thumper Thumper 12:19 pm 07 Jun 06

Well, without doubt, I think we can say, given the budget and everything else, that the shit has most definitely hit the fan.

Now we get to see how hopeless our opposition is. If they can’t make massive milage out of everything that,s been going on then they might as well all resign.

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 12:31 pm 07 Jun 06


Despite all the kicking, screaming and whinging that is going on here, has the anyone from the other side said or done anything that may make you change your mind at election time?

Deb Foskey isn’t going to win her seat let alone control of parliament, the Liberals are hopeless, and the ALP (alcoholic lunch party?) again shoots itself in the foot.

The arboretum is almost dead as an idea, the dragway was sort of funded, schools will be closed but that happened 15-18 years ago and overall school facilities quality improved.

The clowns running the show are not great, but they are still miles ahead of the joke of an opposition.

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