Speaker of the Assembly and Labor MLA for Ginninderra advised on 666 this morning that he won’t recontest his seat in the 2008 ACT election.
He apparently is the only MLA who’s been there throughout the entire period of self-government.
Ross Solly pondered on whether the absence of the left-leaning Berry would open up chances of the Greens getting someone up in that electorate. Dr John Warhurst felt not. It is a five-member electorate, as opposed to the seven-member Molonglo where Deb Foskey currently represents the Greens, making a seat harder to get in Ginninderra.
But perhaps there would be more opportunity for a centrist independent with good environmental ethics coupled with economic pragmatism, and a chance to hold the balance of power, and thereby helping ensure an accountable government?