One thing neutral Assembly watchers often wonder about is why the Liberals hate Katy Gallagher so much.
Because she’s a moderately attractive woman in a traditionally rather ugly chamber? (Much improved by the recent influx of Greens we should note)
Because of some long ago failings for which she probably should have resigned at the time? (By which standard the whole Labor front bench aside from the newish Andrew Barr would have spent some time in the sin bin)
To the outside observer it appears to be irrational. Judging a treasurer before they deliver a budget is doubly so.
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In the latest escapade the Libs appear to have hawked a story (there’s been nothing as formal as a media release) to some local media outlets about the training budget of the ACT Treasury.
Katy has returned fire out in the open, pointing out that the training budget in question is for the whole ACT Public Service. One might question whether the ACT Government really needs 18,000 public servants in this computerised age. But most intelligent observers would want those public servants to receive ongoing training and professional development.
But the bigger question remains, why do the Liberal men keep trying to give the appearance of back street hoodlums trying to mug a woman?