ABC Online is reporting that Treasurer and voice of sanity in the ACT Assembly, Ted Quinlan, is quitting politics in March.
They expect clever clog Andrew Barr to get the vacant position.
UPDATE: Richard Mulcahy has wasted no time in putting out a media release praising Ted and questioning the competence of a ted-less Labor Government.
“In a Territory Government dominated by the high-spending members of the left faction, I can sympathise with Mr Quinlan’s frustration in being unable to manage the territory’s budget against these forces.
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“I expect that Mr Corbell will be handed the role of Treasurer and it will be one of life’s mysteries as to how he will balance his propensity for high cost and ill-considered proposals such as the busway with the need to demonstrate restraint and control over government expenditure.
The Chief Minister has also paid tribute:
His departure from Government will leave a huge gap.
Interestingly there is, at this time (15.28), no statement by Ted on his page.
FURTHER UPDATE: The Canberra Times coverage is now up. Also many people are reading a lot into an old note on Mike Hettinger’s web-page in which he seems to think back in 2004 that he’s got the numbers to fill any labor vacancies. And Mike really is a rocket scientist!
ANOTHER UPDATE AND A BUMP TO THE TOP OF THE PAGE: ABC Online is now reporting Ted saying he thought he was going to lose Treasury in the forthcoming reshuffle anyway. (Also this is one story where the comments are well worth reading)