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AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually

Though he won reelection yesterday, South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson has announced he will not run again when his current four-year term concludes, reports Adelaide Now. Atkinson has been the primary obstacle to the adoption of an R18+ rating that would allow adult games to be sold in Australia, so this lends hope that a victory for the pro-R18+ crowd may be coming. He says nobody has pressured him to step aside, saying his desire to be able to watch his son's soccer games is a factor, though his indication that he plans to watch his son play this year indicates the job is not necessarily preventing this. Thanks GamePron.

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12. Re: AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually Mar 22, 2010, 09:39 nin
 
Can't respond to your messages, you have that disabled, turn it on, or send me your email, I have a key for you, if you still want one.

I had no idea I had that set to off, sorry!

Thank you!
 
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11. Re: AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually Mar 22, 2010, 02:18 fujiJuice
 
Can't respond to your messages, you have that disabled, turn it on, or send me your email, I have a key for you, if you still want one.

(Apologies to everyone else for cluttering up the thread.)
 
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10. Re: AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually Mar 21, 2010, 23:44 1badmf
 
it's not that unthinkable - remember the republican guy that won that seat in massachusetts that had been democrat for like 20 years? it's doable if the elected men are big enough douchebags.  
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9. Re: AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually Mar 21, 2010, 21:12 Talisorn
 
Dev wrote on Mar 21, 2010, 19:15:
"Though he won reelection"

AU voted this guy in AGAIN?
Two things:

1) Firstly, he WAS in the 4th safest Labor seat in Australia. To lose it would be like the Republicans losing Hickville, Alabama ... it's just not going to happen. He had 67% of the primary vote when he started. Now he's down to 52%. I'd call that a pretty solid victory AGAINST him. Most other politician would have lost their seat with a swing like that.

2) Secondly, It was a South Australian STATE election and he was in only ONE of the seats. To think that AU voted for him is like thinking Austin, Texas voted in your president.

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8. Re: AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually Mar 21, 2010, 19:17 derelict koan
 
Good riddance you steaming pile of undead shit  
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7. Re: AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually Mar 21, 2010, 19:15 Dev
 
"Though he won reelection"

AU voted this guy in AGAIN?
 
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6. Re: AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually Mar 21, 2010, 18:51 fujiJuice
 
nin wrote on Mar 21, 2010, 14:51:
Promises, promises...

nin send me a message with your email, I have a present for you.
 
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5. Re: AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually Mar 21, 2010, 18:16 UnderLord
 
Here's hoping that his son eschews football for FPS video games and porn movies, then our vengeance will be complete! :-)  
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4. Re: AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually Mar 21, 2010, 16:39 Talisorn
 
osage no onna wrote on Mar 21, 2010, 14:55:
He'll stay in parliament until the end of the term, but I understand the attorney general gig is separate from that, and he's already gone from that office. He's not going to be vetoing anything anymore.
Correct. Being on the backbench means he will not hold a ministerial position, and the Attorney General position is a ministerial one.

Whether he was pushed, or he jumped before he was pushed is up for debate. Croyden suffered just under a -15% swing against Atkinson in the election which has to be a blow to anyone really. He still had 52% of the primary vote, but it was the 4th safest Labor seat in Australia ... though I'd say it's slipped significantly in position now.

The passage for change to the classification is a bit clearer now. With the positive response to the Australian Attorney Generals department discussion paper, I think the State AG's will think twice before blocking change ... but who knows in politics?
 
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3. Re: AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually Mar 21, 2010, 14:55 osage no onna
 
He'll stay in parliament until the end of the term, but I understand the attorney general gig is separate from that, and he's already gone from that office. He's not going to be vetoing anything anymore.  
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2. Re: AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually Mar 21, 2010, 14:51 Talisorn
 
Blue. The main thrust of the article is that he's no longer serving on the front bench. This means that he's no long going to be AG, as that position is an appointed ministerial position. This is REALLY GOOD NEWS!  
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1. Re: AU AG Atkinson to Depart, Eventually Mar 21, 2010, 14:51 nin
 

Promises, promises...
 
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