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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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Jobs for the Boys – Take that Zedley!
So, let’s get this right? The Labor Party, particularly in NSW, wrote the rulebook around jobs for the boys. For rewarding faithful servants of the cause with sinecures overseas or jobs for life on massive salaries. Really? Hmmmm! What about the latest of a round of huge gifts to the faithful from our benevolent Liberal […]
Stanhope ponders return to politics, sending candidates into a spin
Former ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope gave a room full of would-be ACT politicians a big scare this afternoon, confessing he occasionally considers a return to politics. Mr Stanhope was discussing public disillusionment with the major political parties at a forum he had organised with the University of Canberra at the Theo Notaros Multicultural Centre. […]
Fitzharris, Bourke to join expanded cabinet
Labor MLAs Meegan Fitzharris and Chris Bourke will join the ACT Ministry following a caucus ballot this morning, but their portfolios will not be known until Chief Minister Andrew Barr announces the result of a broader cabinet reshuffle in coming days. The promotion of Ms Fitzharris and Dr Bourke was not a surprise given the […]
Fenner ‘spinning in his grave’: Stanhope
Jon Stanhope reckons Frank Fenner would be turning in his grave at the news that his name will replace that of longtime member for Canberra Jim Fraser in representing the northern electorate of the ACT. The augmented Electoral Commission confirmed today that Fraser is to become Fenner despite a number of high profile objections to […]



 
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