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AG calls for Seselja to go

Zed Seselja.

Zed Seselja. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Former ACT opposition leader Zed Seselja is facing increasing pressure from government MLAs to quit the Legislative Assembly.

In the Assembly on Tuesday, the government said the opposition should demand Mr Seselja's resignation from his committee roles following his triumph over Senator Gary Humphries in the Canberra Liberals preselection contest.

Attorney-General Simon Corbell said Mr Seselja should step down as chairman of the standing committee on public accounts, in preparation for his departure from the Legislative Assembly.

Mr Seselja has not set a date for his resignation but said this week it would be ''well before'' the beginning of the official federal election campaign.

On Tuesday, new Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson told the Assembly he wanted Canberra Liberals education spokesman Steve Doszpot to replace him on the standing committee on justice and community safety.

Mr Corbell said Mr Hanson's motion was ''just part of the transition in the Canberra Liberal Party'' and there was still ''clearly unfinished business'' before calling for Mr Seselja's removal from the public accounts committee.

Mr Corbell said on Tuesday the government did not believe Mr Seselja should continue in committee roles when he was already ''in the departure lounge''.

''Why is [Mr Hanson] allowing Mr Seselja to continue in the Assembly when he will very soon be actively campaigning for the Senate?'' Mr Corbell said.

The Attorney-General's comments follow Chief Minister Katy Gallagher's calls on Monday for Mr Seselja to resign from the Assembly as soon as possible.

She said it was not appropriate for the former opposition leader to continue to draw an MLA's salary when his priority was to campaign for the Senate.

22 comments

  • Pack your bags Zed, you have made it quite clear to the voters of Brindabella you are no longer interested in representing them after only four months in job, so why should we continue to pay you a wage.

    Commenter
    Another Grumpyoldfart
    Location
    Tuggeranong
    Date and time
    February 27, 2013, 7:25AM
    • Yes indeed! Go now! And hand in your keys when you leave, Zed.

      Commenter
      Badger
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      February 27, 2013, 8:27AM
  • I rarely agree with anything our 1909 real vote Attorney General says or proclaims but this time I am 100% in agreeance.
    Seselja has always earned his keep under false pretences and his current position is simply a free loading extension of that.

    Commenter
    MIKE the HAMMER
    Location
    ACT
    Date and time
    February 27, 2013, 7:34AM
    • What a ridiculous suggestion. As if anyone contesting the ACT election was expected to quit their jobs, including public service jobs, six months out from the election. i'm sure it is entirely possible for Seselja to work as an MLA during the week, and campaign for the Senate on his own time.

      Commenter
      suzy67
      Date and time
      February 27, 2013, 7:48AM
      • Totally agree. Any public servant is entitled to contest the next Federal Election. When the writs are written, then and only then, does a public servant have to stand down. You can't expect Zed to stand down, just because Gillard has called the longest election campaign in Australia's history.

        Commenter
        Crazy Talk
        Date and time
        February 27, 2013, 10:35AM
      • Exactly!

        Commenter
        LG
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        February 27, 2013, 4:31PM
    • I'm not sure of the Constitutional position but Westminster conventions suggests Zed should now resign his seat.

      Commenter
      Outraged of Palmerston
      Date and time
      February 27, 2013, 7:49AM
      • Agree whole heartedly. He is no more than a parasite on the public purse and what went on with his staff leaving him and then coming back and working for other MLA's?? Have an enquiry Katy and get to the bottom of this. The train wreck that federal Labor is will see Abbott as PM but after this scandal Zed will probably hand the seat to the Greens on a platter.

        Commenter
        Grange
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        February 27, 2013, 9:43AM
    • While I agree that the look of Zed staying in the Assembly isn't great, from what I've read there is an internal challenge to the preselection process so I think it would be unreasonable to expect him to resign before that is fully resolved. If he's still the Senate candidate after that happens then he would have to weigh up the personal cost in giving up his income vs the cost in Liberal votes of staying in the Assembly. If he's not the Senate candidate after it's resolved he'd need to get out into Tuggeranong and talk to voters if he wanted to stay in the Assembly past 2016.

      Commenter
      Lib Voter
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      February 27, 2013, 8:26AM
      • It would be nice if we could do to Zed what he did to Humphries, manipulate his downfall. He'll fit in beautifully with his Federal colleagues, a group who have dragged politics into the gutter in a win at any cost campaign for power. Zed will feel very much at home.

        Commenter
        Downfall
        Date and time
        February 27, 2013, 8:29AM

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