[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.