Shock news!- Prmeier Barry O Farrell has fallen on his sword and resigned

 
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Premier Barry O Farrell has announced his resignation, after a thank you note was apparently found thanking someone for the $3000 bottle of wine, New Premier to be elected next week, Stay Tuned, more to come.....

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  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
Geronimo!!! Claimed the first scalp from his own side.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-16/barry-ofarrell-calls-snap-media-conference/5393478

Mind you Barry struck me as a fairly decent Liberal compared to some of the superior c##ts in the federal government.
To get rich is glorious... really Rolling Eyes
  sydneytwains Station Master

Awesome. Now all we need is aunty Gladys to get slain.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

Let's hope Brad Hazzard is next!

Now if they can only hold an early election!
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Must be a lot of others getting very nervous if Barry has fallen.

I don't agree with a lot of his policies, but Barry came across as an OK man.



Israilfan - can you fix the spelling typo in the heading please.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Fixed
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

You may have edited the title to fix it, but I think their is a limit on how long you can correct the title for.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Tony Abbot always cracks me up.

Premiers don't resign over 'innocent' mistakes.
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
You may have edited the title to fix it, but I think their is a limit on how long you can correct the title for.
Newcastle Express


this scam review in sydney over eddiegate wll claim more scalps. nice to see him held accountable however.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Those who are old enough might recall this is the second NSW Liberal premier to fall victim to ICAC.

I agree with others here that Barry didn't appear to be a bad guy - it's going to throw the NSW Liberals into complete chaos.  My immediate reaction was "You silly bloke!".  If he had told the truth about the bottle of Grange he probably wouldn't have been in as much trouble... oh well.

There will be other resignations to follow - this is just the tip of the iceberg.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Must be a lot of others getting very nervous if Barry has fallen.

I don't agree with a lot of his policies, but Barry came across as an OK man.
"mikesyd"
There is always the "devil you know" aspect to things as well, the only sure thing about the incoming premier is that they won't have been scrutinised by the media and the public as potential premier.

On a slightly extremely irrelevant and irreverent note, I only just noticed how much he looks like Will Ferrell as well as having a similar name.
You may have edited the title to fix it, but I think their is a limit on how long you can correct the title for.
"Newcastle Express"
Could always ask a moderator for a hand though.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner



Oh forget it, I can't get the link to appear.
  MtBeenak Train Controller

Hmmm, Liberal politician resigns over $3,000 bottle of wine...Labour politician sees out his terms and fights ICAC and charges in court over $100 Million coal and water scandal, oh and the another Labour politician/Union boss sees out his term and stands up and lies to parliament and fights criminal charges over abuse of union members funds, and all the others we know about or are yet to know about... and yet people keep voting for Labour!?!?!?!?

I would rather vote for the greedy mob than the greedy. incompetent, stealing, lying, back-stabbing, factional and dysfunctional mob.
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
... I would rather vote for the greedy mob ...
MtBeenak

Seems you did Laughing
Meanwhile in the moonlight state it's hardly surprising Newman wants to control top appointments to the Qld's anti corruption body.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Hmmm, Liberal politician resigns over $3,000 bottle of wine...Labour politician sees out his terms and fights ICAC and charges in court over $100 Million coal and water scandal, oh and the another Labour politician/Union boss sees out his term and stands up and lies to parliament and fights criminal charges over abuse of union members funds, and all the others we know about or are yet to know about... and yet people keep voting for Labour!?!?!?!?

I would rather vote for the greedy mob than the greedy. incompetent, stealing, lying, back-stabbing, factional and dysfunctional mob.
MtBeenak

Isn't that all of them? Or did I miss an honest one somewhere?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
MtBeenak, your knowledge of Australian politics is obviously not that great. In Australia there is no Labour Party. There is, however, a Labor Party. It has been thus since 1912.
  MtBeenak Train Controller

Congratulations!  You are a better grammar nazi than I.  The greedy. incompetent, stealing, lying, back-stabbing, factional, dysfunctional mob are called the Labor Party not the Labour Party.  So why did they use the Americanisation of the word instead of the English derivative?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Well MtBeenak, I wonder whether Senator Fiona Nash has watched any of this.

"Senator Nash initially told the Senate Mr Furnival had no links to APA, but several hours later she returned to the chamber to say he had a shareholding.
Labor senators have accused Senator Nash of misleading the Senate, something which she has denied."

A most blatant conflict of interest, with Abbott expressing full confidence. It's not an isolated incident either. In other words, both sides have done and still do it. I'm not a supporter of either, but if O'Farrell misled, so did Nash.  It's easier when you look at politics without being one-eyed.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
What Barry should have said yesterday (and still been skating within the 'truth') was that he had no idea the Grange was worth as much as it was (say, fifty bucks) and therefore didn't need to be declared. I think it would be a forgiveable sin that he doesn't know the value of every single piece of gratuity they get while in office, especially the minor ones like a bottle of wine here or there.

The note was really poor form though, you should never put things like that in writing if you might have cause to hide it in the future - and an inappropriately expensive personal gift anyway, he should have thought twice about accepting it. Oh well, it's a rough game this politics thing.

Being forced to resign certainly didn't have any adverse affect on Nick Greiner's career after politics and I'm sure that it will be the same thing for Barry. Look at Sophie Mirabella, nice cushy job after being kicked out of her own electorate in the middle of a Liberal landslide... if you're too incompetent for the private sector they'll always find you a ministerial appointment somewhere.

They all look after their own.
  waxyzebu Locomotive Driver

So why did they use the Americanisation of the word instead of the English derivative?
MtBeenak


It originally was the Australian Labour Party but was changed, supposedly for "modernization" in the presence of an American... BS if you ask me, but that's the story.

The spelling is irrelevant now, because ALP now stands for "Another Liberal Party" or the "Anti Labour Party"... forget about "labor".
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Two words in particular worry be about Politics these days.

Lobbyist and Outsourcing.

Try and do business with any Government without a Lobbyist in the middle and see how far you get.

Some of us can still remember the days before Outsourcing when Governments employed people to work for them, rather that pay an outside Company to do the work for them. There used to be a time that Sydney Water did all its own infrastructure work, but now much is Outsourced, and in that murky mess a bottle of plonk has changed hands.
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
It does seem rather extreme that a Premier has to resign over a misplaced bottle of plonk. No doubt more will be revealed in time and the Liberals may reveal their entanglements in Obeidgate and so on.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

MtBeenak, your knowledge of Australian politics is obviously not that great. In Australia there is no Labour Party. There is, however, a Labor Party. It has been thus since 1912.
Valvegear

MtBeenak, read why the name was changed from Labour to Labor here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Labor_Party#Name_changes
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
There was discussion on the ABC tonight about what else might be uncovered as ICAC goes on.

The more I think find out about this, the less sorry I feel for Barry O'Farrell. Nick Di Griolamo was representing a speculative business interest whose very profitability and success depended on intimate relationships with state government ministers. The newly-elected premier had just given a speech about how there were no more secrets and back-room deals under his leadership and yet privately at the same time he accepts a really inappropriately-expensive gift from someone like Di Griolamo, someone trying to win government contracts.

Alarm bells should have been ringing for O'Farrell the instant he got that gift. What if Australian Water Holdings gets caught trying to bribe someone further down the track, what might this look like?

And it also makes you wonder if he forgets something as significant as hand-writing a thank-you note to a big-wig Liberal Party figure what other things have been forgotten about...
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Somehow it pales into insignificance when placed alongside that prick Thompson and his spending union funds on prostitutes. At least O'Farrell did the honourable thing, Thompson is still standing up barefaced claiming his innocence.

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