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ENG: Jonathan Ronald (Jon) Stanhope (born 29 April 1951) is a former Australian politician who was Labor Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory from 2001 to 2011. Stanhope represented the Ginninderra electorate in the ACT Legislative Assembly from 1998 until 2011. He is the only ACT Chief Minister to have governed with a majority in the ACT Assembly. Stanhope was appointed Administrator of the Australian Indian Ocean Territories, which consists of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands from 5 October 2012. Political career Stanhope was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly representing the Ginninderra electorate at the 1998 ACT general election and was immediately elected Opposition Leader by the Labor caucus. At the 2001 ACT general election, Stanhope defeated ...
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Stanhope lashes CPSU over needle exchange

Former ACT chief minister Jon Stanhope has attacked unions campaigning against a proposed needle exchange program in Canberra's prison. A report by the Public Health Association's Michael Moore recommends a syringe exchange program be established at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. The ACT Government supports the idea and is still weighing up its options, with a decision expected to be made by the end of the year. But it is facing mounting opposition particularly from the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) which represents prison officers. The union says prison staff are ...

Veto on euthanasia law odious: Stanhope

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says that it is ''odious'' that Federal Parliament should have the power to override the ACT Legislative Assembly on issues like euthanasia and gay marriage. The right-to-die debate was blown open again at the weekend when Greens leader Bob Brown announced a private member's Bill that would stop the Commonwealth from overriding euthanasia laws introduced by the ACT and the Northern Territory. Mr Stanhope said that it was a matter of ''regret''' that Prime Minister Julia Gillard had granted her caucus a conscience vote on Senator Brown's Bill and that Federal ...

Jon Stanhope opens up to needle exchange

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says he is now more open to the idea of a having a needle exchange in Canberra's jail. The Government will review the situation in the Alexander Maconochie Centre at the end of the year and is keen discuss the idea. A needle exchange facility was considered when the centre was first built but the idea was put on hold until the prison's 18 month review. Mr Stanhope previously opposed the program but says in light of the New South Wales Government's decision to formalise an injecting room in Sydney's Kings Cross, he will now consider the idea. "I am now ...

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