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Minister for Ineptness?

bhk 3 March 2009 22

If the ACT Minister For Treating Ratepayers Like Idiots, John Hargreaves, was not a paid politician then he would be hard-pressed to find a job in the real world.

Just recently he defended the controversial public statue of Al Grassby (of which Hargreaves approved the purchase) by saying that the late federal politician, although accused, was never convicted of a crime so hey, Canberra, what was all the fuss about?

All this has gone before but has been resurrected by the recent television series “Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities”, in which the producers portray a not-unsubtle link between Grassby and certain illegal events that occurred in the Riverina during the late-1960’s/1970’s. Easy to do now, of course, as the man is dead.
(I wonder what would have happened in Chicago if the city fathers had ever decided to erect a statue of Al Capone in the middle of the city. After all, their colourful identity was only ever convicted of tax evasion, wasn’t he?!)

Hargreaves, in the meantime, displays his brilliant people-skills in his role of “Corrections Minister” (title is as quoted in the print media) as he continues to find reasons for the long-overdue opening of the new Maconochie Motel situated between Hume and Symonston.

What a shame that his title wasn’t Minister for Corrections, then he might be swayed into doing the right thing by the Canberra electorate and correct the fact that he was voted into power by resigning his position!

[ED – It has been pointed out to me that at the time of Grassby’s death quite a lot of senior liberals had very nice things to say about him.]


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Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 10:12 pm 04 Mar 09

Now let the minister for drink driving in public respond to this, please.

The people await.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:21 am 04 Mar 09

The Minister of Merlot is just one of the many incompetent idiots in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 10:56 am 04 Mar 09

Mackay ended up where fanatical do-gooders belong: face down in a ditch somewhere.

No amount of holding your breath and wishing really, really hard is going to change the fact that, despite (or perhaps because of) all the hearsay,scuttlebutt, innuendo and rumour-mongering Grasby went to his grave unconvicted of any crime.
Build a bridge and get over it.

Gobbo Gobbo 10:32 am 04 Mar 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Is bile orangey-yellowy? And it comes up when you’ve thrown up so much you can’t throw up any more? If it is, consume an entire bottle of Bombora in one sitting and you can see it too!

Depending on where the bile is coming from depends on the colour you will see. I have produced both orange bile and green bile.

From looking on the web, the orange stuff was likely produced from my gall bladder with the bright green stuff coming from my liver.

All in all, very unpleasant experiences.

You go easy with your bile bhk. You’ll be pretty crook when you see it.

p1 p1 10:07 am 04 Mar 09

As for Dr Who and the Great Fire – I’m glad to see the poster can tell the difference between an alian and a dead politician.

A lot of people believe fanatically in both…

I think that the statue should be relocated down by the lake so that a duck can sit on it.

housebound housebound 9:56 am 04 Mar 09

People, don’t waste your time defending Grassby. There’s those who know the Mackays, those who grew up in the Riverina, those who remember events at the time.

Sure, Underbelly 2 added a bit of melodrama, but the basic sequence of verifiable events wasn’t too far off from the publicly agreed version (from the snippets I managed to catch, anyway).

As for Dr Who and the Great Fire – I’m glad to see the poster can tell the difference between an alian and a dead politician.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 9:55 am 04 Mar 09

Is bile orangey-yellowy? And it comes up when you’ve thrown up so much you can’t throw up any more? If it is, consume an entire bottle of Bombora in one sitting and you can see it too!

Ozpuck Ozpuck 9:53 am 04 Mar 09

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Yep and the television series “Dr Who” had a not-unsubtle link between an alien from the planet Gallifrey and the great fire of London.

You mean Queen Victoria wasn’t a werewolf?

Yes, we mustn’t take everything we see on TV as gospel truth. Unless it first appeared in the Sydney Daily Telegraph. Then it MUST be true.

(oh topic – Hargreaves could and should do better, but they keep electing him in Tuggeranong…)

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 9:33 am 04 Mar 09

“the recent television series “Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities”, in which the producers portray a not-unsubtle link between Grassby and certain illegal events that occurred in the Riverina during the late-1960’s/1970’s”

Yep and the television series “Dr Who” had a not-unsubtle link between an alien from the planet Gallifrey and the great fire of London.

If you are going to make an argument that Grasby was a crook, base it on the facts not on a sensationalised TV series like underbelly. Sheessh

jakez jakez 9:18 am 04 Mar 09

cranky said :

Just goes to show that quite a lot of senior liberals were as unquestioning of Grasby’s murky relationships as Hargreaves. And probably helps to explain why he got away without adequate comeuppance!

Wow, what a group to be associated with.

Yes Cranky, the link between the two groups is that they are all politicians, and politicians are never to be trusted. I don’t even trust the ones I like let alone the ones I don’t like.

Gobbo Gobbo 8:36 am 04 Mar 09

No worries. I have been down to bile. Just thought you would need the advice. You obviously have never been that physically ill.

🙂

bhk bhk 8:28 am 04 Mar 09

“When you get down to bile it usually will never be a projectile. More like a pooling dribble down the front.”

Can’t say that I have had a personal experience – which accounts for my error, no doubt.
So thanks for using your own for setting me straight.

Just saying ….

Gobbo Gobbo 7:19 am 04 Mar 09

When you get down to bile it usually will never be a projectile. More like a pooling dribble down the front.

Just saying ….

bhk bhk 7:04 am 04 Mar 09

Granny said :

….No news, just an excuse to spill bile. ….

You’re 100% correct. That’s exactly why I wrote and posted it; to projectile-vomit in Hargreaves’ (and the ACT City Council’s) general direction.

Granny Granny 12:37 am 04 Mar 09

I agree. Much as I hate the Al Grassby statue, I think I possibly hate this sort of post more.

No news, just an excuse to spill bile. Definitely a strong contender for the March RiotACT’s Most Boring award.

housebound housebound 10:09 pm 03 Mar 09

Hmmm, a blast at poor Hargreaves, but with old and rather scant content.

Maybe I like him, maybe I don’t, but I like to see solid criticisms when they come.

As for Grassby statues – what a travesty. Give it to Hargreaves in lieue of his super payout from the Assembly when he eventually goes.

cranky cranky 9:44 pm 03 Mar 09

Ah Woody, love your style.

But as long as it exists, it will be an object of denigration on this site.

May we assist its demise.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 9:38 pm 03 Mar 09

Hey, can we talk about that Grassby statue again? That would be awesome.

Deano Deano 9:35 pm 03 Mar 09

the recent television series “Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities”, in which the producers portray a not-unsubtle link

So because the producers of a fictional television series who want to boost interest in their program suggest it might be true then of course it must be true. After all, you saw it on TV!

cranky cranky 9:02 pm 03 Mar 09

Just goes to show that quite a lot of senior liberals were as unquestioning of Grasby’s murky relationships as Hargreaves. And probably helps to explain why he got away without adequate comeuppance!

Wow, what a group to be associated with.

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