The Canberra Times has been given the goss that their former leader Zed Seselja is quitting the Assembly to tilt full time for the Senate having already knifed Gary Humphries for the pre-selection.
The campaign has begun!
UPDATE: Zed’s announcement is now available:
Today Zed Seselja has announced today that the date of his departure from the ACT Legislative Assembly will be Tuesday 11 June.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Canberra whom I have represented for 8½ years, and who I fought for as Opposition leader,” said Mr Seselja, “l hope to continue to represent and fight for them in the Senate.”
“I look forward to spending time out in the community talking to Canberrans about the issues that matter to them and their families.”
Mr Seselja will seek to make a valedictory speech in the Assembly on Thursday 6 June, which will be his last sitting day.
“I will take the opportunity then to thank my constituents, colleagues, and supporters more fully and to reflect upon my time in the Assembly,” concluded Mr Seselja.
Over the coming months, Mr Seselja will be dividing his time between consulting with Canberra firm Landscape Research+Communications and campaigning for the September 14 election.
Landscape are all but unknown to Google but some digging finds a page for them.
Landscape Research+Communications is a new Canberra-based firm offering social and market research with a strategic communications focus.
Landscape Director Jane Seaborn has more than 20 years’ experience working with public and private sector organisations to develop pathways for better understanding, planning and execution of their internal and external communications.
Landscape Research+Communications won’t just tell you what your target audience thinks, we’ll tell you why, and how you can use that to achieve your business or organisational goals.
Anyone know anything about Jane Seaborn?
Further Update: LinkedIn has Jane Seaborn working for Canberra Airport and Liberal polling outfit Crosby Textor as well as being a director of Canberra Grammar.