A senior ALP source said discussion about all three federal Labor MPs in ACT seats had been ''ongoing'' since before the 2007 federal election, as all three members had been in place for a long time. ''It's not overly malicious, but there is a general view it could be time for change. Kate [Lundy] and Bob were on the front bench [in opposition], Annette [Ellis] was for a while, and now they are not,'' the source said. ''It would just be about fresh blood. And in terms of talent, we are blessed in the ACT.''
There are only two federal MP's in the ACT (for the simple fact there are only 2 seats). Kate Lundy is a Senator, not an MP.
It will be a shame for the ACT to lose McMullan, despite his inability to force his way into cabinet over the years. He is one of the most decent, thoughtful and sometimes hard hitting members Labor has, and usually his ability has been wasted, first by Beazley, then Latham (who hated him), and now by Rudd. Such is the price you pay for being a part of the Center/unaligned faction.
Still, I wonder who he has in mind for the job. Stanhope is a possibility, he's still popular enough, and Labor isnt going to lose the seat of Fraser any time soon. But I wonder how much people would like having both Stanhope and Humphries escaping to the federal Parliament after their welcome runs out at the local level.
So if Labor needs a fresh new face: I volunteer.