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Australia: Victorian Premier and Deputy spontaniously resign

 
Bendude
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wtf
What the f#ck ????

I walk out of work this afternoon, and suddenly both the leader of the state, and his deputy have resigned.

They're going with the old "to spend time with family" line.

Does anyone know, or even suspect they know what the f#ck happened ?
Has anyone else noticed this elephant in the lounge room ?

Another block of writing from Elephant full of supposition and condescension whilst saying pretty much nothing. - EggNigma 2/2/2011
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All 212 news articles
[link to news.google.com]

And...
[link to www.premier.vic.gov.au]
STATEMENT FROM PREMIER STEVE BRACKS - 27 July 2007

Premier Steve Bracks today announced his resignation as Premier of Victoria, Leader of the Parliamentary Labor Party and the Member for Williamstown.

He has called a special meeting of the Victorian Parliamentary Labor Party for 11am on Monday, July 30 to enable the Caucus to elect a new Leader.

His resignation will be handed to Governor David de Kretser following the Caucus meeting.

The following is the statement delivered by the Premier at a press conference this morning following a meeting of Cabinet:


I have just left a meeting with my Cabinet Ministers, where I have informed them I intend to resign as Premier, Leader of the Parliamentary Labor Party and as the Member for Williamstown.

No decision of this nature is easy. But I believe it is absolutely the right decision. Right for the State, right for the Government and right for the Labor Party. It is also the right decision for Terry and our family.

The Government could not be in better shape. We have a talented and cohesive team. We enjoy a strong mandate from the Victorian people. There is an ambitious and realistic program to deliver water security, a strong economy, strong regions and continuous improvement in health, education and public safety.

Victoria now is so much better than it was 8 years ago.

Today, 400,000 Victorians have new jobs and our unemployment rate is the lowest since the 1980s.

Regional Victoria has shared in this economic success – unemployment in regional Victoria now is around half of what it was when we came to government.

Our population has been growing faster than at any time in the past 40 years, helping to drive a dynamic, high-skilled economy.

And we have been delivering the dividends of that economic growth in better services.

In education, literacy and numeracy rates have improved. Retention rates to year 12 are now 81 per cent and rising. Eight years ago they were 77 per cent and falling.

Our hospital emergency departments are among the most effective and efficient in the nation. We now treat 26 per cent more patients each year than eight years ago.

We are safer. Crime rates in Victoria are a massive 22 per cent lower than when we came to office – lower because we have been tough on crime, we have increased penalties and we have given the police the resources they need.

And Victoria is now fairer and more accountable with the restoration of the powers of the Auditor-General, DPP and the Parliament.

All of this has been done while maintaining sound fiscal policies and first restoring, then securing, our AAA credit rating.

We have also confronted the great challenges of the future – water security, climate change and productivity.

Melbourne will be drought proof within five years and we will be able to move water to areas of need all over Victoria.

We acted early on climate change by buying green energy, encouraging renewable power generation and cutting domestic and industrial consumption.

And we have proclaimed the most number of national parks in Victoria’s history.

Through the National Reform Agenda we delivered a plan to drive the next wave of reform to help shape our future.

Victoria is also now a more cohesive society and we have a sense of community quite remarkable for a State as large and diverse as ours.

I am also personally proud that Labor in Victoria is now seen as the responsible financial manager. I had an ambition to rehabilitate Labor in Victoria – I believe we have succeeded.

As someone from provincial Victoria, I also take pride that no matter where you live, you now have a better prospect of getting a job and getting access to high quality services than when we came to office.

Against this background of real achievement, I believe the circumstances are right and the time is right for a new leader.

As I said, the Government in is good shape, with a talented team, a strong majority and with solid policy foundations to tackle the challenges ahead.

When I entered Parliament 13 years ago I did so with a determination to give my best – to give 100 per cent for as long as I stayed in public life.

Holding high public office is the greatest privilege and honour available in our democracy. You have enormous opportunities to shape the fortunes and the character of the community you serve.

You have the chance to act on the principles that first drove you to seek election. In return, you must make a total commitment to meet the demands and challenges of the job. That is an iron-clad rule of public life.

So, once you reach a point when you know you can no longer give that commitment the choice is clear. I have recently made that choice and now intend to leave public office and make a new and different life outside politics.

Inevitably, questions will be asked about the events of recent weeks and the part they played in reaching this decision.

The truth is that they did. But only in confirming my course - not in setting it.

After 22 years of standing for public office, 13 years in Parliament and almost eight years as Premier, I leave politics proud of what has been achieved, proud of how we have done our job and confident of Labor’s future in this great State.

We have been, by any measure, a hard-working government, a responsible government and a compassionate government.

As a result, Labor has reclaimed its rightful place as the Party best equipped to develop and implement policies for the benefit of working Victorian families.

For me it is the right time to step down. I could not have given any more to this great job than I have. So, as soon as I realised that I could no longer continue to give 100 per cent into the future – and could not commit to contest the election in 2010 - I was obliged to tell the Victorian people as early as possible.

In this way the Party and the Government will be able to manage a smooth and effective transition to a new leader.

Of course, without the support and confidence of the Victorian electorate at three elections none of this would have been possible.

I thank them for the trust they have put in us. I believe we have repaid that trust.

Then, my Parliamentary colleagues and those who have served in the three governments.

Our Caucus is a group of men and women with deep connections to their communities and fierce determination to get the best for them. Without these qualities we could not have won and held the seats necessary to form governments.

The Cabinet Ministers who have served with me have been outstanding. Our Cabinets have been notable for their teamwork and mutual respect.

And my Ministries have been unusual in politics - and perhaps unique in Labor politics - for the absence of rancour in our discussions and debates.

We have been a true Cabinet Government.

Without diminishing any of the others I must thank two Ministers in particular.

John Thwaites has been a source of unfaltering strength as Deputy Premier. His work ethic and loyalty are matched only by his compassion and commitment to social justice.

John Brumby has been the architect of our economic success and in establishing Labor as the responsible managers of the State’s finances.

He is, by any measure, the best Treasurer in any government in this country. He is also, in my view, the best Treasurer Victoria has ever had.

Finally, there are many people to thank. I will ensure I do that personally to the many who so richly deserve my gratitude.

Today, however, I will mention a few.

My personal staff, Sharon McCrohan, Media Director, who has been with me for the whole journey, my Chief of Staff, Geoff Walsh, Press Secretary, Alison Crosweller, my Secretary Rosa Silvestro, my drivers Phil and Anita.

My electorate staff – Damien, John and Cath. The Party President, Bill Shorten, and State Secretary, Stephen Newnham.

The head of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Terry Moran, and the other heads of departments and agencies and the great and talented public service that serves the government and the Victorian community so well.

To the media – I genuinely say thank you for the part you play in our democracy. I understand and respect your role. I believe the Victorian State round is one of the most professional in the country.

Most importantly I thank my family – Terry, Nick, Amy and Will.

You have been my mainstay and you have given me unbelievable support.

Our children have only really ever known politics. Our youngest child, Will, for example, was born 13 years ago, at the start of my parliamentary career.

We will now all take some new directions together.

Thank you.
Has anyone else noticed this elephant in the lounge room ?

Another block of writing from Elephant full of supposition and condescension whilst saying pretty much nothing. - EggNigma 2/2/2011
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thanks.

sounds strange? Is there an underlying story?
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thanks.

sounds strange? Is there an underlying story?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 269044


...they're both useless fucks, so good riddance to the two of them.

I'm kinda wondering what they've done to resign out of the blue like this.

Strange Days Indeed.
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Few snippets of background.

1999: Victoria was being run by a man name Jeff Kennett who was known for his authoritarian ways. Not that he was evil as such, just that he ruled with a firm hand. But he did get results.

He inherited a fiscal basket case and in a few short years built our state up into a financial powerhouse.

People still comment "sure Jeff was corrupt, but at least EVERYBODY got some".

He went to the election in 1999 with a record of fantastic financial management, and was promising to turn his attention to our social structure now that he'd fixed the economy.

The media concentrated on the avenues of dislike for him and never mentioned the social policy.

He went to the election and it was so close they were still doing recounts two weeks later.

Bracks won by the skin of his teeth apparently.

It was dodgy at the time, but then Bush had an almost identical win the next year.

Bracks went on to become very unpopular. People started calling him Jeff Bracks. He was ruling for the globalists and not the working class stiffs who'd voted him in.

He ordered police to attack peaceful protesters at the S11 World Economic Forum on September 11, 2000.

His government will be remembered by those who read more than the Herald-Scum as a time where government used every power at it's disposal to screw anyone who stood up to them.

A guy, Ray Hoser, who'd written books detailing state government corruption he'd experienced over several years was hauled into court on charges of bringing the Judiciary into disrepute.

The un-reported case was basically that since Hoser could prove all of his assertions, he had committed the crime of bringing the Judiciary into disrepute.

Currently:

He is involved in a stand off with the Prime Minister over the power to allocate water in regional Australia. The PM has promised to introduce legislation to remove the States' power entirely.

Also his son was arrested a few weeks back on drink driving charges.
Has anyone else noticed this elephant in the lounge room ?

Another block of writing from Elephant full of supposition and condescension whilst saying pretty much nothing. - EggNigma 2/2/2011
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He is involved in a stand off with the Prime Minister over the power to allocate water in regional Australia. The PM has promised to introduce legislation to remove the States' power entirely.

 Quoting: Bendude


Maybe he wasn't the globalist playa after all.

I dunno… these sneaky bitchez use plenty of smoke and more than a few mirrors.
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The feds and every state are run by Freemason maggots loyal to the Crown.

Whatever the reason for them stepping down, rest assured it will be for the good of the Masonic Brotherhood and the cunting Queen.
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He is involved in a stand off with the Prime Minister over the power to allocate water in regional Australia. The PM has promised to introduce legislation to remove the States' power entirely.



Maybe he wasn't the globalist playa after all.

I dunno… these sneaky bitchez use plenty of smoke and more than a few mirrors.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 272797



Either he KNOWS the worldwide shit is going to hit the fan soon and has decided to get out sooner rather than later

OR

He has been "asked" to resign by you know who or FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. He was "getting in the way" shall we say.

In February last year, the then premier of Western Australia, Geoff Gallop, resigned stating he was suffering from "depression" or "mental illness".

I wonder why?
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In February last year, the then premier of Western Australia, Geoff Gallop, resigned stating he was suffering from "depression" or "mental illness".

I wonder why?
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Mark Latham went in pretty much the same fashion.
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Yep, two more useless postules retire as rich men.
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Yep, two more useless postules retire as rich men.
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that ain't funny, bro. these snakes should be swinging in the trees.
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Re: Australia: Victorian Premier and Deputy spontaniously resign
In February last year, the then premier of Western Australia, Geoff Gallop, resigned stating he was suffering from "depression" or "mental illness".

I wonder why?


Mark Latham went in pretty much the same fashion.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 272797


And it seems a bit suspicious that Bracks' deputy resigned the same day as well.
Wouldn't the deputy Premier be keen as mustard to step straight in and become Premier if Bracks' just resigned??

I'd say because of his closeness to Bracks he knew something that would make it not worth his while to become premier.
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Is it NESARA stating??
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And it seems a bit suspicious that Bracks' deputy resigned the same day as well.
Wouldn't the deputy Premier be keen as mustard to step straight in and become Premier if Bracks' just resigned??

I'd say because of his closeness to Bracks he knew something that would make it not worth his while to become premier.
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Yeah, my guess is due to the circles in circles factor that not all the politicians know about the real agenda. Clueless fools caught in the arrogant position of "I'm really smart and important" … and then maybe some of those people do end up figuring some stuff out… they then try and push back and discover… oooooohhhhhh, I see. Fine, I'll leave and take my pension—what would Bracks be looking at, 120k of tax exempt super? indexed for life? Gold card?

Could be smoke and mirrors, but not easy to say 100% for sure.


And then look at this Rudd piece of shit.

And then we have fat pricks like Lorry Oaks bleating on about "echo, Rudd is an echo of Howard's policies"

But… the way they bring it across in the media it is like "see! See! Rudd is just copying Howard's government… and 'copying' is bad" … that's the focus, the copying factor, not the fact that the two parties are in fact one p[arty… oh noooo, focus on the copying. Keep the illusion alive.

….but thing is more and more people understand that this two party fraud of a system is exactly that. A fraud. Two sides, one coin.





GLP