Liberals to move no confidence in Stanhope

Kerces 14 February 2007 20

Bill Stefaniak has announced he’s made up his mind about what to do about Coroner Maria Doogan’s report into the 2003 bushfires.

First thing next Tuesday morning, the Legislative Assembly’s first sitting day of the year, he’s going to move a no confidence motion against the Chief Minister. Effectively this means the sitting agenda won’t get underway until the following week, as debate must be adjourned so members can consider the motion.

Mr Stefaniak does say that “the Opposition does not lightly move a motion of no confidence in a Chief Minister”, though it will handily give them all an extra week of holidays.

If the motion is passed (unlikely, with the majority government), convention requires the Chief Minister to resign.

Interestingly, Jon Stanhope has moved the most no confidence motions in the Assembly’s history; being three against Kate Carnell. She resigned before the last of these could be debated.

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20 Responses to Liberals to move no confidence in Stanhope
teddy bear teddy bear 9:54 am 17 Feb 07

Yeah, I wonder if Stefaniak has anything up his sleeve too. If he had waited a couple of weeks he might have had more ammunition. I gather both Stanhope along with the NSW Bushfire bureaucrats are going to cop a bit of flack in the press and on national TV in the weeks ahead. Also, remeber that Stanhope is supposed to respond to the 73 Coroner recommendations this month. Perhaps Stefaniak’s move is designed to put some pressure on him ahead of that.

Al Al 9:40 am 15 Feb 07

And again I back wholeheatedly JB’s call for minority government.
I have never understood why the Australian media constantly bemoans the risk of a so-called ‘hung parliament’ at any level. Plenty of good things are achieved by governments around the world where a minority forces them to take into account community views.
And in Australia a recent example is the only time in the last several decades that Queensland had an accountable government – when independent Peter Wellington put Peter Beattie in as a minority and held the balance of power for the next three years. Unfortunately Beattie then got a majority in his own right and accountability went out the window.
So even without wishful legislative changes to enshrine minority government, the solution is to put all fuirst preferences to reasonable-minded independents and minority parties in 2008.

Al Al 9:33 am 15 Feb 07

Wonder if I can move a no confidence vote in my boss and get a week off work?
Surely one of the more bizarre aspects of ACT self-government regulations…

Cameron Cameron 8:20 am 15 Feb 07

There should be a quota system to prevent majority governmet, but then, maybe voters should be smart enough not to elect one in the first instance? – louise

Sure… because when casting votes people are already fully aware of how many other votes have and will be polled and know exactly when to stop voting for the party they want to govern.

simto simto 8:16 am 15 Feb 07

Surely the thing that tipped Kate over the edge was her, ahem, slightly flexible treatment relating to a drink driving charge?

Thumper Thumper 8:16 am 15 Feb 07

She was in charge VY.

Buck has to stop somewhere even if she was coerced by an over zealous public service looking to save a quick dollar.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 8:11 am 15 Feb 07

Kate laid the charges and pressed the button did she? Or did overzealous public accountability requirements (buy the CHEAPEST, dammit!), result in a contractor being selected that was inappropriate for the task?

I’m all for public accountability, but the value equation gets lost very easily.

Thumper Thumper 8:03 am 15 Feb 07


Calamity Kate did blow up a hospital with slightly disasterous results.

Thumper Thumper 8:01 am 15 Feb 07

I’m interested to see which way Foskey votes.

Ten to one she won’t support the motion.

Not that it matters as none of the government members have the guts to actually do anything. Nope, they’ll hide behind statements such as, ‘Its time to move on’, and ‘we must now learn from the past and look to future’.

What a crock of shit. If Stanhope had any scruples he would have stepped down immediately after the coroner’s report was released, rather than simply dismiss it outright.

His arrogance is truly a wonder to behold.

futto futto 1:00 am 15 Feb 07

Come on. Sure Jon oversaw one of the worst disasters in australia but Kate painted the GRASS GREEN IN THE STADIUM!!!!

Its like apples and oranges.

simbo simbo 11:42 pm 14 Feb 07

That’s rather common for politicians in any majority government, though, isn’t it?

And yes, I am thinking of the mob further on up the hill…

johnboy johnboy 11:32 pm 14 Feb 07

He likes the bits that give him untrammeled power, he’s just less keen on the accountability and responsibility components.

Avacry Avacry 11:25 pm 14 Feb 07

Anyone have the hansard links of Stanhope’s speeches when he was calling for Kate Carnell to resign? I think it would be an interesting read.

It seems like Jon Stanhope doesn’t hold the Westminster principals of government as important anymore.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 6:03 pm 14 Feb 07

“…I’d get behind it if, for instance, Stefaniak was going to present something new, some incompetence above and beyond the stuff we already know about…”

I would have thought that there was enough proof of deceit, incompetence and gutless weaselling already in the public domain to justify a no confidence motion – it’s just a shame that there wont be anyone on the Labor benches with the guts and respect for the Canberra community to cross the floor.

louise louise 5:17 pm 14 Feb 07

I have to agree with Johnboy. There should be a quota system to prevent majority governmet, but then, maybe voters should be smart enough not to elect one in the first instance?

terubo terubo 5:10 pm 14 Feb 07

Why do they need a whole bloody week to consider the motion?

johnboy johnboy 4:30 pm 14 Feb 07

ACT Assembly was fundamentally not designed for majority Government.

There should be some cutoff when a party is one seat shy and the preferences assigned as if candidates had reached quota.

simto simto 4:21 pm 14 Feb 07

See, I’d get behind it if, for instance, Stefaniak was going to present something new, some incompetence above and beyond the stuff we already know about. But I highly doubt he’s got anything up his sleeve that particularly surprises.

At least when Stanhope was running similar motions, the libs were in minority government, and there was the possibility of Kate losing (I’d guess that possibility looked quite realistic when Kate decided to resign rather than face it)

johnboy johnboy 4:14 pm 14 Feb 07

noper, a whole week of sittings

simto simto 4:11 pm 14 Feb 07

So, basically, he’s going to waste a sitting day?

Hell, why not – it’s not like they’re going to be doing anything important at all, like, I dunno, GOVERNING!

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