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Another SOFT "labor" premier

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by byso, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    So what scandal is this bloke running away from?


    VICTORIAN Premier Steve Bracks quit politics this morning, citing personal reasons for his decision and a realisation that he could not continue to dedicate all his energy to his job.

    Mr Bracks said he intended to make "a new and different life outside of politics".

    He said he would like to be remembered as the man who "put the heart back into Victoria", through a combination of strong economic management and compassionate policy.

    "I leave politics proud of what has been achieved, proud of what we have done, and confident of Labor's future in this state," Mr Bracks said.

    "For me, it is the right time to step down."

    Mr Bracks said the recent involvement of his son, Nick, in an alleged drink-driving incident had played a part in his decision.

    "The truth is they did, but only in confirming my course, not in setting it,'' he said.

    He said he had realised he could not give a 100 per cent committment to his future in politics.

    Mr Bracks, a Catholic of Lebanese descent, was elected Premier in 1999, beating Jeff Kennett in a major political upset.

    Mr Bracks had been significantly behind in the polls throughout the campaign. He went on to win the 2002 election in a landslide.

    It has also been reported that Deputy Premier John Thwaites may also resign from his position this afternoon, although Mr Bracks denied any knowledge of this.

    Mr Bracks publicly endorsed Treasurer John Brumby as his successor during his press conference.

    Pressure politics

    The Victorian Premier joins a long list of Australian politicians who have resigned due to medical, personal or family reasons.

    In December, 2003, Andrew Bartlett temporarily resigned as leader of the Australian Democrats after he was caught on video apparently drunkenly confronting Liberal Senator Jeannie Ferris.

    Former NSW Opposition leader John Brogden resigned on August 29, 2005, before an apparent suicide attempt.

    Geoff Gallop resigned as West Australian Premier on January 16, 2006, blaming depression.

    “My doctors advised me that with treatment, time and rest this illness is very curable, however, I cannot be certain how long I will need," Mr Gallop said at the time.

    "So in the interests of my health and my family I have decided to rethink my career."

    In October that year Queensland's Attorney-General Linda Lavarch resigned, saying she had been “diagnosed as experiencing a major depressive episode”.

    This followed intense criticism after delays in extraditing alleged rogue surgeon Jayant Patel back to Australia to face charges related to 17 patient deaths.

    Former federal Labor leader Mark Latham cited family reasons and ill health for his resignation in January 2005.

    "After 17 years and two serious life-threatening illnesses, the time has come to put my family and my health first,” he said.

    Mr Bracks said his departure would allow for a "smooth and effective" leadership transition.

    Cabinet held an extraordinary meeting this morning where his decision to resign was discussed.

    At the time of his son's car crash, Mr Bracks said: "He's been an absolute idiot. This has really shocked me.

    "I just felt hopeless and useless, and you can't help feeling a bit of a failure in some ways as a parent."

    Nick, 20, escaped injury in the crash, which happened about 4.30am at the junction of Melbourne Rd and Hosking St, Williamstown, just blocks from the Bracks family home.

    He later returned a blood-alcohol reading of .129.
     
  2. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    If there is something no doubt we will find out given the dirty tactics your hero Johnny resorts to and Bracks was bravely holding out against his dumb, patched together "water plan".
     
  3. The Gronk

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    Yeah true, no liberal premiers have retired recently.

    Oh that's right, they have all been unceremoniously dumped from office and since then haven't been within cooee of winning a state election for 5 or 6 years now!!
     
  4. Fro

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    So now we have a crap political thread to go with the crap religous thread, what next??
     
  5. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Byso - you are an imbecile!!!! A Premier resigns (we don't fully now why) and you automatically make assumptions because he has ALP next to his name. Maybe he has just had enough.

    Political life basically sucks and only a select few can do it. The standard of Pollies at State Level (in both parties) is absolutely crap.

    I have a friend whose brother is very high up in the NSW Libs and what he passes on is absolutely disastrous in terms of how they are travelling.
     
  6. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    the put crap on Fro thread?

    I have noticed that you seem to despise every thread and post on this site in recent days. Should we pass the hat around for some counselling?
     
  7. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Not enough speling erors to keepe him exited I rekkon. :cop: :)
     
  8. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    hehe no Matas, just the religion and politics ones. some of the others I quite enjoy
     
  9. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    You must admit that the same old stuff with the same old agendas gets pretty boring especially in the season. Leave that droll stuff for the off-season I reckon.
     
  10. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Even I'm bored of listening to Dan's delusion in the religious threads.

    Given this is an election year, stand by for politics though.
     
  11. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    and I will treat political threads with the contempt they deserve, they are scum bar very few
     
  12. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    **** off.... Bigot!


    Fro I can understand why you don't like these threads........ But to be honest I can't remember one thread that you've started that’s been of much interest at all. Maybe you should have a crack of adding a thread to the site and see how it interests the peanut gallery so they can have a crack at you for a change. ;)
     
  13. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Waiting for your input Byso.......
     
  14. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I'd love to know how I am a bigot. No wiink from Byso either???? ;)
     
  15. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    I think it's one of those words he's heard and is impressed with, but doesn't know what it means.
     

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