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Bligh rules out comeback

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Anna Bligh during her Queensland election concession speech.

Anna Bligh during her Queensland election concession speech. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Former Queensland premier Anna Bligh has rubbished a newspaper report that said she is considering a political comeback in Sydney.

Ms Bligh told brisbanetimes.com.au that "there is no truth to the rumour", which has also been dismissed as "laughable and unfounded'' by a senior NSW Labor figure.

Sydney-based newspaper City News reports state Labor officials are in talks with Ms Bligh to run in the by-election in the seat of Sydney once it is vacated by lord mayor Clover Moore.

Ms Moore currently holds both positions, but will have to give up the state role if she wins the local government election at the weekend.

Ms Bligh recently moved to Sydney with her husband, Greg Withers, who took up a post with Arts NSW.

“I could not have pursued my political career or achieved anything in public life without Greg's loving support over almost three decades,” she said ahead of the move.

“We agreed many years ago that after politics, it would be Greg's turn to determine the next phase of our lives.”

City News reports senior party figures are determined to run "political star" Ms Bligh to help secure the seat for Labor.

But Australian Labor Party NSW Branch general secretary Sam Dastyari has taken to social media to reject the report, tweeting "claims Anna Bligh may be the Labor candidate for Sydney are unfounded and laughable''.

The comments were also echoed by Ms Bligh.

Ms Bligh retired from politics in Queensland after Labor lost government in March and was left with only seven seats in the state's 89-seat parliament.

- with AAP

43 comments

  • As much as I admire Ms Bligh in particular for her work as state leader during the terrible floods in Queensland a move by her or the Labor Party to parachute her into an inner urban seat in Sydney is not what is needed to revitalize the Labor Party in this state. Ms Bligh, for better or worse, is inextricably linked to a disastrous election outcome in Queensland and will be forever tainted by this in political terms. This will be used by any political opponent to harass and harry her for many years and only cause her to be compromised professionally and personally as a politician here in the deep south. Perhaps after a further 4-6 years of Newman in Queensland Ms Bligh will start once again to look really good. As good as she is in reality. But, in the interim it is time for her to simply chill out, rest, gather her formidable skills and wait. Wait, until a move into this state's political arena is seen as less opportunistic, less a response to the parlous circumstances of Labor here and more about a serious trajectory for renewal than is at all possible this year or the next. It is an indictment of labor in NSW that Ms Bligh is needed in the absence of seriously apt candidates from within its own ranks. Robertson is a failing leader of a small rump. Bligh will only add to his woes when he is asked to defend and deflect her entrance to NSW politics at a time when Barry O'F is providing a really good target for his own government's lack lustre efforts. Three more years of Barry, a few more years of Newman and then, after a sensible absence, Bligh's return will rival Caesar's entry to Rome.

    Commenter
    des
    Date and time
    September 06, 2012, 7:19AM
    • Surely the NSW electorate would not be so stupid as to have a person who was so comprehensively dispatched, back in power again?
      Queensland will suffer for years to come due to this womans incompetence, and some of the damage done may never be corrected.
      About the only platform she could stand on would be the ability to offer a State of Origin victory, and we all know that would be another lie!
      Elect her at your peril.

      Commenter
      Offshore
      Date and time
      September 06, 2012, 7:23AM
      • So, now it New South Wales turn to be screwed by Captain Bligh!! Voters of NSW should think long and hard about putting Go-Anna into public office and if they need any convincing - take a look at the Queensland books of account which now has debt so big that two men on horseback could not shake hands over it!!

        Commenter
        Harvey Power
        Location
        Taringa Qld
        Date and time
        September 06, 2012, 7:59AM
        • Don't forget she is the harbinger of cyclones, floods and another GFC -- which lead to QLD debt. We punished her for that, and now we are being punished in turn by Newman. Karma eh?

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          GuybrushThreepwood
          Location
          Brisbane
          Date and time
          September 06, 2012, 8:32AM
      • I will remember Anna Bligh's 2 terms as Queensland Premier as a period when South East Queensland was provided with water supply infrastructure that will assure its residents can cope better with the next long drought period. I will also remember that Queensland suffered drastic state wide floods and 2 devastating cyclones. Anna Bligh and her labor government, with the help of funds from the federal labor government repaired the damage caused by these devastating natural disasters.

        I do not have confidence in the NewMan LNP government to provide a similar distaster recovery government service and funding when Queensland suffers the next series of back to back natural disasters. The NewMan LNP government is operating under a military discipline driven by ideology that government should be small. It's a pity that this wasn't explained to the electorate during the election campaign.

        The Abbott Liberal federal government will persue a similar ideological small government line.

        Commenter
        Glynn
        Location
        Brisbane
        Date and time
        September 06, 2012, 8:14AM
        • Pitty your memory is so selective Glynn. If that is all you remember of Anna Bligh's reign in Queenlsand - it must be a wonderful world in which you live.

          Commenter
          Peter@Brisneyland
          Date and time
          September 06, 2012, 8:39AM
        • The water grid is incomplete and non -functioning... During testing many of the cheap imported pumps failed.... The media fail to report this.. Why?.. Gagged?... Also the de-sal plant is a rusting bucket of bolts.. Again due to cheap inferior piping!.... Yeah, Captain Blight really delivered on these projects.

          Commenter
          X-Files
          Date and time
          September 06, 2012, 8:47AM
        • I will remember Bligh as the the most incompetent leader Qld has ever had. Yes, even worse than Joh! Mind you they have one thing in common. What they both did to the state was criminal!!

          Commenter
          mh
          Location
          Brisbane
          Date and time
          September 06, 2012, 11:25AM
        • Glynn there is some truth in what you say. Not only did she have to deal with floods, cyclones and the GFC but also the worse drought in Queensland history hence the water grid. Plus on top of that she had to inherited Bettie's old gang that she could do little about.
          Evan Stone- we are nowhere near bankrupt and what you say is plainly untrue.
          mh -Joh did many good things for Queensland don't you worry about that.
          All you others should get out in the real world and then you would see that Queensland has done well and will continue to do very well. As someone you does all my business with the USA, Indonesia,India and UK let me tell you you don't know how lucky you are.
          If you cut though the LNP spin on how badly off we are(which we are not) you have to wonder why they are doing it. Is one of the reasons because Mr Newman really hasn't got a lot going for him as a leader and are they trying to create a strong image of the the one who fixed all the problems when the reality is if China sneezes we die of pneumonia anyway.
          Anna looked and acted a lot better than Campbell does.

          Commenter
          Farmer
          Location
          Brisbane
          Date and time
          September 06, 2012, 2:30PM
      • Bligh may be a hard worker, but NSW will be very sorry if they put her in a position of making major decisions. Let her go back into politics if she wishes so, but only as a follower and NOT a leader. NSW will learn the hard way if they think otherwise.

        Commenter
        J.G.
        Date and time
        September 06, 2012, 8:28AM

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