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Reactions to Jon Stanhope’s resignation

By johnboy - 9 May 2011 41

We’ll update these as they come in.

First off the rank is The University of Canberra’s VC Stephen Parker:

I think it is appropriate that I thank Jon Stanhope for his service to the Territory as Chief Minister. In my 4 years as Vice-Chancellor he has shown a real and continuing interest in the fortunes of UC. We signed an MOU committing the University and the ACT Government to collaborating in a range of areas, and the early implementation of that has been encouraging. I extend my best wishes to him in the next phase of his professional life.


Simon Corbell has Tweeted:

Thankyou to Jon Stanhope for his leadership, integrity and compassion as Labor leader and Chief Minister


Andrew Barr has also Tweeted:

is reflecting on Jon Stanhope’s significant contribution to gay and lesbian law reform in Canberra. A true Labor Leader.


The Green’s Caroline Le Couteur on the other hand has had this to say on Facebook:

Juat attended Jon Stanhope’s resignation press conference. In his legacy he talked a lot about human rights but didn’t mention the environment at all.


Creative Canberran has sent in a screenshot of where the wiki wags are up to with Mr Stanhope’s entry. Let’s hope it’s not being done from an Assembly computer.

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The Greens have collected their thoughts and made this statement:

The Leader of the ACT Greens, Meredith Hunter, today acknowledged Chief Minister Jon Stanhope’s service to the Legislative Assembly and the people of Canberra.

“I’d like to thank Jon Stanhope for his contribution to Canberra, and the passion and conviction he has brought to the role of Chief Minister. He clearly has a love for this city that shows in his dedication to his work,” Ms Hunter said.

“I think ACT politics will miss his passion and wit, particularly in the Legislative Assembly Chamber.

“The Chief Minister and I had a good working relationship which ensured that the Greens/ALP Parliamentary Agreement has been a success.

“Mr Stanhope’s ongoing and public commitment to The Agreement has helped us deliver stable Government for the Territory, as well as a great number of positive initiatives.

“Always a strong advocate for Territory Rights, Jon has steadfastly stood up for the Assembly and for Canberra on a Federal stage.

“We wish him and his family the very best in his new endeavours, and thank him for his years of dedicated service,” Ms Hunter said.


Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has bestirred himself:

Leader of the Opposition Zed Seselja has today congratulated outgoing Chief Minister Jon Stanhope on his career in ACT politics and wished him well for the future. “While Mr Stanhope and I differ greatly over the priorities of his Government, I congratulate him on his career and leadership of ACT Labor.”

“There is also no doubt that today the Labor Party has lost its strongest and best performer,” said Zed.

“This will leave a significant hole to fill. Time after time it was Jon Stanhope who carried his Party on his back and they will sorely miss that.

“One of the things he was able to do effectively was to hold together a fairly fractious group of people and differing Party factions. Only time will tell whether his departure will see the infighting come to light.

“I am sure many Canberrans will agree that whilst we wish Jon Stanhope all the best, it must be remembered that changing leaders does not change the Government. This Government will still be judged on its record over 11 years at the next election,” Zed concluded.


Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh has had quite a gush on his blog.


Member for Canberra Gai Brodtman is curiously recalling the fires as a particular highlight


Kate Lundy thinks our social welfare has been improved.


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41 Responses to
Reactions to Jon Stanhope’s resignation
creative_canberran 1:27 pm 09 May 11

KaptnKaos said :

JessP said :

WWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

+11ty billion

Mr Evil said :

Well, although I am not sad to see this tool go, it is the possibility of an even bigger tool being made Chief Minister that scares the hell out of me!

+11ty billion – Gallagher, Barr, Corbell – shudder, shudder, shudder, pack the car Ma, we’re movin.

To where?

NSW: Well they got rid of Labor there but now O’Farrell has a decades worth of mess to shovel.
Vic: Government and Police practically in a civil war, inept Government also facing years of damage needing to be fixed.
QLD: A government that hasn’t done that great and an opposition breaking all the rules of Westminster government by having a defacto leader. That and they’re still wringing out the carpets.
Tas: Nice scenery, nice to retire too.
WA: Miners, hookers and a right wing nutter in power.
NT: Sewage in the water because Darwin is the last capital not to fully treat its sewage, 20yrs after all other started.
SA: Roll out the barrel… sorry, poor taste.

My point is while the ACT has problems and you’re right, those names may well not have the right stuff to fix it, nor the opposition, I doubt you’ll find a place much better.

creative_canberran 1:22 pm 09 May 11

Very Busy said :

2003 fires

To an extent, but the failures for that go back a long way under successive governments. Right back to Carnell and even Follette in terms of fuel load management and agancy structures.

The big failure there, either by him or the minister at the time was why ESB wasn’t equipped and trained properly. They didn’t have proper maps FFS. It’s ridiculous to read in the coronial report that many fire crew were using those Cartoscope Tourist Maps to plan fire fighting when they had poor scale and no topography markings.
Even worse that the chopper crews were so incompetent that they misjudged the size of the fire my thousands of hectares.

So you had a structurally and functionally defective emergency services with inept managers advising the CM and a CM who played to role of passive overseer instead of saying “Hey folks, burnt leaves in Civic, WTF?”

KaptnKaos 1:00 pm 09 May 11

JessP said :

WWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

+11ty billion

Mr Evil said :

Well, although I am not sad to see this tool go, it is the possibility of an even bigger tool being made Chief Minister that scares the hell out of me!

+11ty billion – Gallagher, Barr, Corbell – shudder, shudder, shudder, pack the car Ma, we’re movin.

Very Busy 12:58 pm 09 May 11

2003 fires
GDE
Hume Hilton
Effective revenue cameras
Ineffective safety cameras
Paid parking around Tuggeranong and Belconnen shopping centres
Huge rates increases
Public art
Tharwa
School closures
Taxpayer funded advertising
Costly flip flop pay parking at Canberra Hospital
Utilities tax
Drive n text UB next
Thoughts on world issues
irregular mowing of neighborhood ovals

Thanks for the arboretum though!!!!!

Mr Evil 12:42 pm 09 May 11

Well, although I am not sad to see this tool go, it is the possibility of an even bigger tool being made Chief Minister that scares the hell out of me!

And who’s offered him a cushy job somewhere?

Chop71 12:38 pm 09 May 11

Swaggie said :

If we get Barr I’m leaving town

me too

The Frots 12:37 pm 09 May 11

tonkatuff82 said :

At least as far as we know he never killed anyone

The day isn’t over yet.

dungfungus 12:35 pm 09 May 11

This has something to do with his trip to Spain last year. Perhaps he had a “Cervantes” moment while cycling on his pilgramage? This could mean either more tin-pot public art, lot’s more useless wind generators or lots more of Spanish type public debt. Probably all of these.
Is he only resigning as CM or his he bailing out alltogether in which case who will be his replacement under the impossible Hare Clarke system?

Swaggie 12:29 pm 09 May 11

If we get Barr I’m leaving town

tonkatuff82 12:17 pm 09 May 11

At least as far as we know he never killed anyone

The Frots 12:09 pm 09 May 11

Thumper said :

I wouldn’t celebrate too much. For all Stanhope’s shortcomings he still knew and understood what was going on.

I’m not sure you can say the same for gallagher.

+1 on that!!!

magiccar9 12:08 pm 09 May 11

Not a minute too soon. Perhaps now we can have a Chief Minister who is focused on the important issues around this town. Wait, for that to happen we would need to get rid of Gallagher too. Looks like we might be waiting a while then…

Thumper 12:04 pm 09 May 11

I wouldn’t celebrate too much. For all Stanhope’s shortcomings he still knew and understood what was going on.

I’m not sure you can say the same for gallagher.

colourful sydney rac 12:02 pm 09 May 11

I wish him well, I think he has done a pretty good job in his time as Chief Minister, I give him a B-

JessP 11:53 am 09 May 11

WWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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