THE New Norfolk office of retiring Legislative Councillor Michael Aird had been closed for about two months, the Upper House of State Parliament heard recently. In the days following Mr Aird's announcement that he would retire early next year, there was much scuttlebut about potential successors, including former Lyons MHA David Llewellyn.
Speaking in the Legislative Council on November 17, Huon MLC Paul Harriss asked whether Mr Aird would "assist in organising the numbers for David Llewellyn to make a comeback when you vacate your seat of Derwent?" He continued: "Can you confirm that the office that you share in New Norfolk with Mr Llewellyn is still adorned with his name even eight months after the election?"
With other members laughing, Mr Aird said he was not going to publicly discuss his preference for a candidate to replace him. "In relation to the office in the Derwent Valley, it is a bit like a dead parrot. That office has been closed for some time," he said.
"The fact is that we terminated the lease on that office, I would think six or eight weeks ago, on the basis of finding another establishment. I thought there would be a vacant shop in High St in New Norfolk but the economy is going so well in the Derwent Valley that there are no vacant retail spaces for an office for the next member for Derwent."