I thought this (unattributed and unverified) rumour from yesterday’s Crikey could do with a wider airing:
“The chief minister of the ACT, Jon Stanhope, is out of favour with the federal government over his push for gay legislation (sic). Talk is he was favoured for a diplomatic posting until he ruffled feathers (again) with his pro-gay rights stance. He is now saying publicly he is staying around for the long haul but privately scurrying for an assignment that will allow him to leave ACT politics with dignity. ACT Labor insiders concede his government is on the nose and very likely to lose the next election in November.”
I don’t know about you, gentle reader, but I find the idea that Our Jon was ever in favour enough with Federal Labor to score a diplomatic post pretty unlikely. The rest is pretty much all well-known (a graceful exit in the style of Carr, Bracks and Beattie was always on the cards within the next couple of years), though I still find claims of Labor being likely to lose the next election a trifle over-egged. A return to minority government seems a lot more likely.
Give Jon Stanhope a diplomatic posting?
- Hang on, I want to run him out of office first. (42%, 112 Votes)
- Please no Jon, Don't go! (11%, 30 Votes)
- Anything to get him out of here. (25%, 68 Votes)
- Unleash the angry voice and the spiky hair upon the infidels! (22%, 59 Votes)
Total Voters: 269