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Should Alistair get a briefing? (And if he has how did he forget?)

By johnboy - 16 June 2009 63

[First filed: June 16, 2009 @ 10:42]

The Liberal Alistair Coe is stamping his tiny feet due to the Chiefly Stanhope failing to take him seriously.

In a clever move Alistair is trying to conflate an apparent strategy of ignoring and belittling him personally with ignoring and belittling local Government responsibilities.

But in the end it comes down to why there have been so many questions asked in the estimates process:

    “Despite writing to the Chief Minister on numerous occasions since becoming the Shadow Minister for TAMS, I am yet to receive a briefing on the portfolio. There is little wonder we have a number of questions.

If giving him a briefing can save millions in the questions process maybe it might be worth treating the Shadow Minister for Urban Services just a little bit seriously?

UPDATE: The Chief Minister’s office has just fired a media release directly at us suggesting it may be of interest. A suggestion with which we agree.

    Mr Stanhope said the statement was false and that Mr Coe had in fact been briefed on four separate occasions by senior TAMS officials.

    Seniors officials who devoted their time to these briefings, which were apparently so unmemorable, included the Acting Chief Executive of TAMS, Executive Director of Environment and Recreation Network, Acting Executive Director of Enterprises Services, Director of Parks, Conservation and Lands, General Manager of ACTION, Manager of Heritage and Manager of Contracts at ACT No Waste.

    “Mr Coe must withdraw his comments and publicly admit that he has been personally briefed by senior TAMS officials – including the Acting Chief Executive of TAMS – on a number of occasions since being elected to office,” Mr Stanhope said.

    “His failure to withdraw these demonstrably false allegations – will show that the Liberals believe there is one rule for politicians, in relation to honesty, and another for officials.

What’s Your opinion?


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63 Responses to
Should Alistair get a briefing? (And if he has how did he forget?)
Thumper 4:54 pm 16 Jun 09

One would suspect that Mr Coe’s definition of a briefing is somewhat different to the Chiefly One.

Muppets, all of them..

And plus whatever for Pitt the Younger.

farq 4:30 pm 16 Jun 09

Mr Evil said :

I’m sorry, but I just can’t take Coe seriously – he reminds me too much of Pitt the Younger from Blackadder the Third.

Oh god that’s spot on.

“I now call on the Leader of the Opposition to test me on my Latin vocab…” (with thanks to imdb).

deezagood 4:26 pm 16 Jun 09

Gosh, who do we believe in this ‘he said, he didn’t say’ scenario?

PM 4:22 pm 16 Jun 09

Interesting update…

I’d like to know whether these were briefings of a shadow minister level, or the briefings that all MLAs receive. For example, I’m aware that a number of MLAs were briefed on the Belconnen Town Centre changes, but I wouldn’t place that in the same class as a proper portfolio briefing.

Inappropriate 3:35 pm 16 Jun 09

Mr Evil said :

I’m sorry, but I just can’t take Coe seriously – he reminds me too much of Pitt the Younger from Blackadder the Third.

+1

PM 1:16 pm 16 Jun 09

MrMagoo said :

Regardless of your political leanings, you’d have to say that the amount of bleating that comes from Messers Coe, Hanson and Doszpot its any wonder the Liberals can’t win office. Everyone is so tired of listening to them whine and moan.

I don’t think so – I’m not tired of it!

housebound 1:01 pm 16 Jun 09

MrMagoo said :

Regardless of your political leanings …

… people would be critical if the Libs/Greens were silent, and critical if they weren’t.

MrMagoo 12:55 pm 16 Jun 09

Regardless of your political leanings, you’d have to say that the amount of bleating that comes from Messers Coe, Hanson and Doszpot its any wonder the Liberals can’t win office. Everyone is so tired of listening to them whine and moan.

let the baby have his bottle, give him his briefing, that’ll shut him up …for a while.

housebound 12:53 pm 16 Jun 09

Surely a shadow minister should get a briefing, unless you think that being young or a member of non-ALP disqualifies you from even being given the chance to do what you’re paid to do.

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:19 pm 16 Jun 09

+1

Mr Evil 12:02 pm 16 Jun 09

I’m sorry, but I just can’t take Coe seriously – he reminds me too much of Pitt the Younger from Blackadder the Third.

amarooresident2 11:57 am 16 Jun 09

Even if he’d had a briefing I doubt TAMS officers could answer his questions right there and then. He would still have had to put them in writing.

jessieduck 11:55 am 16 Jun 09

That’s the Stanhope I know and love.

PM 11:27 am 16 Jun 09

To not have received a briefing after this amount of time is pretty bad, isn’t it?

Also, I’ve heard that the number of questions may have been inflated because some wanted data suburb by suburb ie each suburb counts as a question.

Inappropriate 11:14 am 16 Jun 09

Perhaps Alistair should bring a note from his mother?

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