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Friday, September 05, 2008
Premier Iemma, the Member for Lakemba
I always liked saying that little tongue-twister, whether or not I agreed with the man's policies. Won't apply from today.
NSW Premier Morris Iemma resigns
"Alexandra Smith and Brian Robins
September 5, 2008 - 11:45AM
Morris Iemma has resigned as NSW Premier.
It is understood Water Minister Nathan Rees will take over.
Mr Iemma faced a caucus revolt this morning and Mr Rees had the numbers to overthrow Mr Iemma.
It is understood that there is so much division within the dominant Right faction that Mr Iemma appeared to have lost a significant amount of support from once-loyal backers.
Iemma rolled amid Labor turmoil
Morris Iemma has been forced to resign as New South Wales Premier after sacking his colourful Treasurer Michael Costa.Quite a big day politically, as we are also acquiring our first female Governor-General today, Her name is Quentin Bryce. Some have wondered if her usually-male name confused the people appointing her.
News that Mr Iemma was gone came in the wake of a press conference by Mr Costa, who said he did not consider that he had been sacked until the decision was ratified by a Caucus meeting.
Mr Iemma left a meeting of his Right faction without speaking to reporters, but is believed to have lost the support of the faction.
Labor heavyweight John Della Bosca confirmed Mr Iemma's resignation.
Meanwhile, one of my cousins is going to the polls tomorrow, and sometime later as well. He's living in a place in New South Wales which currently doesn't have a Federal representative — Mark Vaile resigned and the by-election is tomorrow; a State representative — Ron Oakshott is contesting the Federal seat, and so had to resign as the State member; nor a local Council — they were sacked by the State government and replaced by administrators. Some have called this situation "paradise". The rest of NSW has local government elections the weekend after, on Saturday 13th September.
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