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Ritchie quits

DAMIEN BROWN, Sunday Tasmanian

THE State Government was scrambling last night to limit the fallout from the resignation of besieged Labor MLC Allison Ritchie.

Ms Ritchie, the Member for Pembroke in the Legislative Council, indicated late yesterday afternoon she would quit Parliament in the wake of allegations about family nepotism in her electorate office.

Labor has now lost five ministers since July 2006 and three have cut links with Parliament altogether.

Ms Ritchie said the decision had been made “in the best interests of her ongoing health and out of love and respect for her family”.

But a Labor insider said she was told to quit after she accused her own party colleagues of starting and spreading a vicious whispering campaign over the past six months about irregularities in the staffing and funding of her electoral office.

“Look at why this is happening now — we are going into a state election and some people within Labor don’t want me to return to the (Bartlett) ministry because they want that job themselves,” Ms Ritchie told the Mercury yesterday.

She had been at the centre of a political furore about the alleged nepotism after it was revealed she had employed her mother, two sisters and her brother-in-law on her own staff.

In a press release from the Government’s media office late yesterday, she insisted nothing improper had occurred.

“It is regrettable that an MP who has done nothing but work hard for their electorate can be so publicly targeted in spite of their efforts for their constituents,” she said.

“During my recent illness, where I was subjected to continual invasions of privacy and unrelenting media scrutiny at a time when I was trying to focus on my recovery to return to work, I reached a point where I was considering resigning.

“Having made every effort to return to full health, this latest commentary from some quarters has reached a point where I am no longer prepared to see my family and myself attacked in such a way.

“I accept that, as a politician, media scrutiny is part and parcel of the role, and I have always welcomed this. But when such scrutiny reaches a point where hard-working staff have their credibility and reputations questioned in such a manner, it is time to make a decision in the best interests of both those individuals and myself.”

A by-election will now be held to fill the vacancy.

There had been speculation over the past six months that former Labor minister Julian Amos might stand in Pembroke, on Hobart’s Eastern Shore, should a vacancy occur.

Dr Amos last night labelled the speculation as “idle rumour” but did not rule out the prospect of standing.

Asked if he was interested in standing, he said: “Look, don’t even ask that question today. This is way out of left field for me.”

Ms Ritchie’s shock resignation came just one week after her promotion to a junior government position on June 11. She had previously stepped down as a minister in November after only two months in that role. Read more here

The Government appears unable to escape a culture of secrecy and spin and Labor loyalists must be disheartened to see this flaw dragging it down again. It seems the notion of transparency has not taken hold at all, despite repeated promises of change.

The Sunday Tasmanian Editorial and Kudelka cartoon: HERE

What Allison Ritchie said:

“It is regrettable that an MP who has done nothing but work hard for their electorate can be so publicly targeted in spite of their efforts for their constituents.

During my recent illness, where I was subjected to continual invasions of privacy and unrelenting media scrutiny at a time when I was trying to focus on my recovery to return to work, I reached a point where I was considering resigning from Parliament.

Having made every effort to return to full health, this latest commentary from some quarters has reached a point where I am no longer prepared to see my family and I attacked in such a way.

I accept that as a politician, media scrutiny is part and parcel of the role, and I have always welcomed this, but when such scrutiny reaches a point where hardworking staff have their credibility and reputations questioned in such a manner, it is time to make a decision in the best interests of both those individuals and myself.

I have spoken to both the Premier and the Treasurer this morning to inform them of my decision.

I have dearly loved representing the people of Pembroke in the Legislative Council for the past eight years, and I thank all electors for their continued support.

I also sincerely thank the Premier, my Parliamentary colleagues and the many people who have been part of my political career for all the love and support that they have shown me.

I will continue my involvement with the ALP and will keep working to ensure the election of the Bartlett Labor Government next year.

I hope that the media will respect my right to privacy now that I am no longer an elected representative.”

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49 Comments

49 Comments

  1. dev

    July 4, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Dear Roy and Violet, at least Sue Neales has basic literacy on her side. This might not make her a great “investigator reporter” but it does make her vaguely coherent.

  2. Mike Adams

    June 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Would the Harriss committee be at all interested in this?

    To have their own President not overly bothered to investigate such nepotistic recruitment sees to me to invite a little more scrutiny.

    And what is it with these State Labor pollies?
    They seem totally obsessed/ one eyed/ self centred. They have been so inured to living amongst their own that any other point of view seems alien.
    I remember the surprise I felt when Helen Polley in a Forum devoted to Adult Education saw nothing but ‘TAP propaganda’ in a leaflet on peoples’ seats.
    As if TAP was a political party hell bent on opposing Labor’s cherished dream of a pulp mill.

  3. roy and violet carrington

    June 23, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    To Sue Neale why would anyone think that you are a great investigator reporter. Because you have named half of Tasmania as Allison Ritchies father!!!! So here is a helping hand mr.c.ritchie is her father, and even a third rated reporter like yourself s
    hould be able to get it correct now. Any questions from finance to pollution ask us!!

  4. Bob McMahon

    June 23, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Quite right Citizen Reporter. I too am very unimpressed with Sue Smith. She lacks the sense, gravitas and professionalism of her predecessor, Don Wing. How easily she was sucked in by ‘independent pulp mill expert, Robert Eastment’ and the whole sleazy pulp mill hard sell. She was a willing accomplice to the debauching of parliament during the PMAA circus. Her response to the Alison Ritchie family business is so deficient as to prompt one to question a) her intelligence and b) her suitability for the job.

  5. roy and violet carrington

    June 22, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    is alison ritchie tassies joan of arc????????? first lauded and encouraged then…..burnt at the stake..

  6. Citizen Reporter

    June 22, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I would also add that in the ABC radio interview Legislative Council President Sue Smith took aim at Northern pulp mill opponents whom Smith assumed had not turned out for the recent Legislative Council elections.

    As with her flawed assumptions about the propriety of Alison Ritchie housekeeping, Sue Smith took aim Tamar Valley pulp mill opponents.
    with some cheap shots based on her own lazy ideas about the Tamar Valley Community

    It appears that the Legsilative Council Presidents investigative skills are perhaps less than what they might be for a public officer of her standing. Sue Smith, along with a few others in the Legislative Council allowed themselves to be hoodwinked in the matter of the Pulp Mill. Sue Smith and friends allowed Gunns, their lobbyists and servants in the lower house to completely pull the wool over them. If it hasnt already, the upper houses error may prove to be a very costly mistake for the state of Tasmania.

    Now Smith has done it again by getting the Ritchie investigation wrong …. badly wrong.

    Should the public continue to have confidence in the upper house president?

  7. Sos

    June 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Hear hear John Wade #42. Spot on.

  8. John Wade

    June 22, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    It is time that any decent Labor politician, who is interested in politics and representing the people and the state of Tasmania, do what Terry Martin did and resign from the disgrace that is a political party under a Labor guise and become true independents who are working for the common weal and the status of the greatest state in Australia.

  9. don davey

    June 22, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Maybe there should be an inquiry into just how many more Pollie’s have their relatives’s under bogus identities ! on this particular gravy train.

    d.d.

  10. Citizen Reporter

    June 22, 2009 at 2:27 am

    On Sunday night President of the Legislative council Sue Smith was heard on the TV news effectively admitting that she may have been hoodwinked in her investigation into the “Ritchie jobs for the family scandal”.

    Last week ABC mornings presenter Tim Cox interviewed Sue Smith who said she had investigated the part-time employment of Ritchies mother. Of course Alison Ritchie not only employed her mother but two sisters and her brother-in-law.

    Smiths investigation exonerated Ritchie. ( http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/weblog/article/a-pathetic-excuse/ )

    On the ABC mornings program last week Sue Smith came out swinging taking pot shots at Ritchies detractors.

    During the radio interview http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/16/2599257.htm?site=local Sue Smith said – “the position in Alison Ritchies office was advertised and was totally open and transparent process” …there were people who put in for that position”..so there was nothing non-transparent about the process”

    However last weekends Sue Neales at the Mercury told us that

    “Ms Ritchie has admitted her mother was never interviewed by the independent Legislative Council official sent to help her appoint a new research assistant funded by the public purse”.

    “She never told the Legislative Council that job applicant Christine McIntyre was her mother”.

    “Mrs McIntyre did not arrive at the arranged time for a job interview with Legislative Council finance manager Jan Chipman in August 2007”.

    “Her mother was interviewed for the part-time job in Ms Ritchie’s office by her executive assistant Carolyn Coward — her own sister — and Luke Coward, her brother-in-law and previous holder of the job”.

    “Ms Chipman was then phoned and told by Ms Ritchie that, after reviewing the two applicants, “it was clear (Mrs McIntyre) was the best one”.

    This informations seems to suggest the appointment process was well short of being the “totally open and transparent process, where there is nothing non-transparent about the process” as argued by the President of the Legislative Council.

    Though acknowledging the existence of the Leg.Co policy of not employing family members Sue Smith concluded that Ritchies invocation of the Brian Green defence “I didnt know it was wrong” was sufficient and as far as she is concerned the matter is closed.

    Smith then argue to Cox that there had been 6 months of excessively unfair rumour and innuendo and challenged Ritchies accusors to identify themselves, saying that it was harmful to Ritchie, her family and the upper house. Smith then took a thinly velied swipe at the media also mentioning the Tasmanian Times

    Whether intended or not, Sue Smith gave the impression during that interview that she didnt seem to think that taxpayer funded MLC employing family members was so terrible anyway.

    Based on the Neales Mercury piece it would appear that Sue Smith has made some flawed ot at best very shallow assumptions about the the propriety of Alison Ritchie housekeeping. Why did Sue Smith in her investigation fail to uncover that which Sue Neales seemed to do in the blink of an eye?

  11. Sos

    June 22, 2009 at 2:21 am

    She just couldn’t be fucked anymore dd. It’s as simple as that.

  12. SourLib

    June 22, 2009 at 2:00 am

    What is more scary is the fact that you have subscribe to get at Examiner articles about Ms Ritchie, Not down here so can y’all see why Green and Kons will get back?

  13. don davey

    June 21, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Ritchie went pretty quickly, with nary a whimper ! one wonder’s if there were more serious issues to be answered !

    H,mmmmmmmmm !

    d.d.

  14. Leonard Colquhoun

    June 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Several posters to the Mercury story “Probe into Ritchie office” (Mon 22 Jun 09) made some pertinent comments –

    “Nepotism isn’t the only issue. There is also the issue of conflict of interest. The State Service Code of Conduct states: (8) An employee must disclose, and take reasonable steps to avoid, any conflict of interest in connection with the employee’s State Service employment; (11) An employee must not make improper use of – (a) information gained in the course of his or her employment; or (b) the employee’s duties, status, power or authority – in order to gain, or seek to gain, a gift, benefit or advantage for the employee or for any other person. At the Tasmania Fire Service, IT related projects have been directly awarded to a company owned by one of the IT staff.”

    Posted by: Firey1 of Melville St (10:08am Monday 22 June)

    “As well as the very obvious question-after-the-fact of “What was she thinking”, surely at least one of her family felt just a brief flutter of hesitation across their conscience? Surely one of them said something like, “Love, I cant take that job, its not right”; or “Ally, you cant go handing out jobs for us like that, can you?””

    Posted by: 40 Degrees S of 7248 (10:34am Monday 22 June)

    “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Any inquiry into Alison Ritchie should encompass all MPs over the same time period. It should be extended to all relatives of MPs working in any capacity to any Minister. The current actions of Premier Bartlett seem to lend credence to Alison Ritchie’s claims in Saturday’s paper and is another example of bullying. Alison should not resign from Parliament, but resign from the Labor Party She was elected by the people not the Premier. It is a travesty of justice that women MPs in Tasmania are driven to resign whilst their male counterparts can maintain their positions even when found guilty of major wrongdoing.”

    Posted by: dumbfounded of Hobart (1:19pm Monday 22 June)

    [Some format editing.]

    Story link – http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2009/06/22/80261_tasmania-news.html

    As for claims that The Examiner neglected this story, here is the page resulting from entering “Allison Ritchie” into [SEARCH] on The Examiner website –

    http://www.examiner.com.au/newssearch.aspx?q="Allison+Ritchie"&date=1&type=1

    Whether this ‘proves’ neglect I have no idea; one person’s ‘neglect’ is another’s ‘overkill’, no doubt.

  15. Tex

    June 21, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Allison did work prior to her time in parliament and ran a ‘franchise’ computer shop for a while, but….

    There are 2 sides to this story, but one side is right and the other isn’t. The public have spoken and, in a democracy, this is all that matters. They have deemed the actions of Allison Ritchie wrong and she is now gone as a result.

    The other side says this is how politics has always run. It says that you do look after your mates. It says that your family and friends are those most likely to work hard and be loyal to you and almost certainly do make the best personal staff. It is the fabric that holds together Labor history.

    Allison comes from a family that has a rich history in the labor party and labour movement. She has been schooled in ‘old style’ politics and acts appropriately. And she has worked hard and done much to advance the cause of the labour movement within these parameters. She won a seat against all odds, furthering the Labor Party and that of women in politics at the same time.

    Those who charge her with acting inappropriately need to remember that this is how things have always worked and, in many cases, still do. She is certainly guilty of failing to recognise that times have changed but she is not alone there. How many family members and wannabe politicians currently clog up the offices of politicians at the moment? And it exists within the bureaucracy as well; lets not pretend otherwise.

    People are demanding greater transparency and accountability from our politicians and that is good. But look at who is heading the list for Allison’s replacement – Julian Amos. Anybody who thinks this will further these ideals knows little of Tasmanian politics!

    Those who are cheering about the fall of this one politician need to remember why they wanted her gone and make sure that improvements are made. Otherwise the Labor Party will do what it always does and replace her with one of the ‘family’ or friends and things will have gone backward, not forward.

  16. Suzanne Cass

    June 21, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Thanks for that, SOS, I shall bear it in mind. And I totally agree about Green, and to a slightly lesser extent Kons. Glad I’m not in the Braddon electorate – isn;t the ‘attack hamster’ up that way too?

    I seem to remember Nick McKim doing the decent things about some minor media contract that went to someone he knew, and he ‘came clean’,

  17. dev

    June 21, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Sourlib, I’m not sure being better than Kons or Green is a terribly impressive qualification. If that’s where the bar is set, then your average intestinal worm could get a gig in parliament… oh, hang on a sec…

  18. Richard Butler

    June 21, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Hey woodslurper- Ive just been reading through all this stuff – you do seem to be very well familiar with the person called Hag.

    Are you a stalker in your spare time ?

    Now – I’ve seen the bushes move up and down Sandy Bay road from time to time – but just thought it must have been the crappy water, and the affluent in the air (as pronounced by Johnny Gay) and the general poor form of the potato chips from Magnet Court.

    But now I know it was you !

    I can see a restraining order on the way – delivered to bush 17, casino car park – an odd little bit of scrub – the kind that Forestry consider too low form to bother knocking over.

  19. dev

    June 21, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Woody, Woody, Woody, dearie me, you really have backed an almighty loser in the Tasmanian ALP haven’t you? It really is most enjoyable watching you and your cronies desperately thrashing about in the last stages of long-term inbreeding.

  20. Kev

    June 21, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Suck it up woodworker. The titanics goin down. Bring on the ethics commission and lets watch these selfish bastards squirm.

  21. Mike Adams

    June 21, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Well done, George, emerging from under your rock to attack the messenger.
    All the previous requests for your comments on, e.g. Sodra, have been met with silence.
    It’s only Lindsay’s very ethical commitment to free speech that allows you still to be in it.

  22. Sos

    June 21, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Hey, you could marry her uncle Lionel, Suzanne.

  23. salamander

    June 21, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Sue Neales is one of the few commentators in our backwater newspapers who bases what she writes on evidence not hearsay, and can actually write!

    If you can match that, woodworker, then you have some right to criticise.

  24. Margaretta Pos

    June 20, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    #15 and 16

    You’ve got it all wrong woodworker. Never mind, can’t be right all the time. And while you may be serious, I think it’s a joke!

  25. Annie

    June 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Oh yes, and in case you missed it, Woodjerker, Ritchie lays the blame for her demise FAIRLY AND SQUARELY at the foot of your precious can-do-no-wrong Labor Party. What a joke!

  26. Annie

    June 20, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Whoever the Hag is, I thank her for breaking this story here on TT……great stuff! Hope there is plenty more.

    Woodjerker…..get a life you sad excuse for a human.

  27. SourLib

    June 20, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I hope you’re all very pleased with yourselves. We need to know who works for every politician in both houses both officially and under the counter. I don’t imagine for one moment that the Liberals are squeaky clean and as for the Greens, who knows?

    I always thought Alison Ritchie was among the better ALP performers and I am talking about politics. Thankfully, this period of poor government will end soon. This episode appears to be the last nail in the coffin.

    Whenever a politician is in trouble they blame internal enemies and in this case you really need look no further than the same faction. Whatever her faults, she is/was far better for us than Green or Kons. And if they stand again, they will be elected. Perhaps those who say we need a new political party in Tasmania are correct but it is extremely difficult to start from scratch.

  28. Suzanne Cass

    June 20, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    What a missed opportunity! I was going to ask if there were any unattached males in Ritchie’s family whom I could marry; I’m in the mood for a career change.

  29. David Mohr

    June 20, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    The possible reappearance of Julian Amos is a worry. Many voters in Ritcie’s electorate will still vote Labor!!

  30. Les

    June 20, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    People have short memories. This stuff should not come as a surprise. I reckon this is only the tip of the iceberg.
    Remember only a short time ago whistleblower and former labor staffer Nigel Byrch told a leg co. committee that
    “Nepotism and favouritism are rife in the way the Labor government fills jobs for advisers and key public servants. Jobs usually go to family, friends, political allies or failed Labor candidates. Impropriety and incompetence are rife within the public service and government ranks but not corruption”.
    As for Scott Bacons position remember Burch also told the committee that Lennon just gave the order “find him (bacon) a job”.
    As long as the Tasmanian media refused to cowed this story still has plenty of legs. Sue Smith from the leg co. is one that really needs to face some renewed questioning about how she came to the conclusion that there had been no wrongdoing in this matter.
    Bring on the ICAC. We most certainly need one to get to the bottom of all this stuff.

  31. George Harris aka woodworker

    June 20, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Re #14, Sue Neales your hero? Well!!! Never has a journalist so regularly beeen the cause of so many ‘getting it straight’ columns! More embarassingly, earlier this year her employer had to reach for the cheque book and write one for $110,000 to reach an out of court settlement with a prominent Hobart barrister in a defamation case.

    Senior Labor party figures are confounded by what she writes after having discussions with her, and left wondering who the dickens she does talk to when she writes fantasy stuff without having consulted.

    Resolutely Tasmanian? She has been in Tasmania less than five years, and it shows. Suddenly she turns up in Tasmania as the Senior Political Reporter for the Mercury! Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel! Sounds like an ideal mate for the Hag…

  32. Leonard Colquhoun

    June 20, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Allison Ritchie worked in the state branch of the ALP as an administrative officer from 1996 until her election, according to Wikipedia, which, if you do the maths, means that from her 22nd year, her whole adult life has been in party politics.

    How representative of us is that?

    It is the sort of career typical of political apparatchiks in the former USSR, and its client-states in Eastern Europe, where becoming an MP depended on belonging to a political class, the nomenklatura, a small, elite subset of the general population who held various key administrative positions in those countries’ government, industry, agriculture, education, etc.

    Such a class, or caste, was not seen then, and could not be seen now, even slightly, as representative of We the People.

    MPs who have never had real jobs – and no apologies for that loaded term, most of us are fully aware of what is meant – find it difficult to empathise with those whom they are meant to represent. Such MPs are not necessarily more or less moral or ethical, efficient or competent – that is not the point. They cannot do what novelist E M Forster recommended: they cannot connect. They have not been there, done that, in ways which their constituents have.

    Perhaps this is one factor in two recent phenomena:

    ~ governments (federal, state and local) and their bureacracies seem more than ever prone to stupidity, to making ridiculous decisions bereft of sense and divorced from reality. (Yes, it may be that the media reports these more fully and more often, but surely the messenger does not fully account for these morons?)

    ~ in many jurisdictions, there are lots of Allison Ritchies who just seem completely oblivious to any sort of ethical awareness that something is Not Quite Right.

    Recent damning relevations of how British MPs have so shamelessly rorted their perks and privileges bring to mind that question Joseph N Welch, head attorney for the United States Army, asked of Senator Joseph McArthy in his Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for Communist Activities (known as the Army-McCarthy Hearings), 9 June 1954:

    “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

    PS: this is one of the stronger threads running through the posts to the Mercury report of this resignation.

  33. Snowy

    June 20, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Re #3, #10: The question you should be asking is not “who is the hag?”: it is why has it taken so long to reveal this misuse of taxpayers’ money to feather the Ritchie family nest? There must have been many who knew and kept quiet.

  34. George Harris aka woodworker

    June 20, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Re #12, Yep, you. And I’m not joking.

  35. George Harris aka woodworker

    June 20, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Re #12, Yes, you.

  36. Sos

    June 20, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Sue Neales is my hero, woodworker #10. Brilliantly balanced and resolutely Tasmanian. Each to their own I guess…but dare I say it, you do sound a tad bitter and twisted.

  37. Richard Butler

    June 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Yippeeee.

  38. Margaretta Pos

    June 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Re#10

    Good gracious woodworker! Do you mean me? What a joke!

  39. dave

    June 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    #Yep noticed that too. Provincial, red-neck and small town to the last is the EX. Whilst the rest of the Tasmania, print and electronic headlines with the resignation and scandal that is the Alison Ritchie Story, the Ex buries it on page 5 and the deputy ed. devotes his column to the sack Bob Brown campaign.

  40. George Harris aka woodworker

    June 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Re #3, the HAG certainly looks like a hag, but don’t give her the wrong identity. She is a former Mercury journalist of less than average talent, and she lives in Battery Point. More recently she hangs around the Media Arts & Entertainment Alliance, where her orgainsational skills, or lack of them, have been exposed, and where a wet paper bag would be a significant challenge. The Alliance’s recent achievements have included giving their top annual award for journalism to Sue Neales…! What a joke.

  41. Garry Stannus

    June 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    So the Sunday Examiner defends Ritchie by attacking Brown?

  42. Ben Quin

    June 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    With the abrupt resignation of Ms. Ritchie from Parliament the question arises, whom will take up the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Economic Development in her place?

    This new position was only announced last week. Against the background of economic crisis and severe cut-backs in the public service, Premier Bartlett had obviously identified an urgent need to provide Treasurer Aird with the assistance of a Parliamentary secretary. That being the case, we should expect the announcement of a replacement to the position within days, surely?

    I would hate to see the tax-paying public lose any advantage here through time lost while the new Secretary settled in. Perhaps we could move all qualified staff from Ms. Ritchie’s old office over to support the new appointee, to assist the new Secretary in coming to grips with the brief more quickly and to avoid the unnecessary paying out of contracts?

    Or have I missed something here?

    Ben Quin

  43. stephen

    June 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Either she is a complete fool or nepotism is par for the course in this useless government.

  44. Sos

    June 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Personally, I think they’ve all got to do their time in some other meaningful life occupation before being elevated to represent us in State Politics.

  45. Maddie

    June 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I take it that her family goes with her? I think it’s laughable that she objects to the scrutiny which has resulted in her departure. Should have happened sooner. Hope the media keeps it up – plenty more bad apples in that barrel.

  46. salamander

    June 20, 2009 at 3:36 am

    The government could have handled this better as once again the ethics of this government and our elected representatves are shown to be, at best, dubious.

    So Allison Ritchie resigns, very conveniently for the government as no doubt that means no answers to the many questions from yet another questionable affair in Tasmania’s highly disreputable politics.

  47. roy and violet carrington

    June 20, 2009 at 1:37 am

    the hag has achieved its way with ritchie. but who????????methinks the hag is really a hag (think fran bladel) and good old greg brown.

  48. Claire and Charles Gilmour

    June 20, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Weak … look at what Peg Putt and Bob Brown … and ex labors Terry Martin went through, and they kept standing for integrity … because they had integrity! Something labor as a whole has yet to learn about … Bryan Green and Konsy should of all people follow Mr 17% Lennon and quit … useless, lying snakes that they are … but obviously toeing the labor polley line!

  49. Sos

    June 19, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Woah!

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