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