Gallagher Must Address Leadership Speculation

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher must come clean on whether she intends to stay on in the Territory’s top job, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.

“Speculation has been spreading that Katy Gallagher will stand down as Chief Minister some time before the 2016 ACT Election. I’m calling on her to be honest with Canberrans and publicly state whether or not she’ll fight in the role at the next poll,” Mr Hanson said.

“Canberrans have a right to know now whether or not Andrew Barr will become the Chief Minister before the term is up. If Katy Gallagher does resign she must explain why she committed to becoming the Chief Minister for four years at the 2012 ACT Election.

“It’s only fair that Canberrans have a reasonable amount of time to see Andrew Barr in action as Chief Minister well before the 2016 poll if Katy Gallagher decides to hand over the reins sometime in the next three years.

“Katy Gallagher needs to state her intentions without delay. If she doesn’t intend to step down she must commit now and put these rumours to rest,” Mr Hanson concluded.