Laura Tingle writes, in a rather strident article, that
The Prime Minister had asserted, in his Wednesday press release announcing the summary sacking of three other departmental heads, that Parkinson “has advised the Treasurer that he will be standing down next year”.
He had “agreed to stay on to the middle of 2014” at which point the government would discuss a “further appointment”.
Few in Canberra believed it. Parkinson had made it clear to all his public service colleagues for some time – amid lengthy speculation about his future before the election – that he wanted to serve out his contract, which does not expire until 2016.
Tingle has obviously forgotten than Parkinson signalled his intention to resign back in 2011. As reported in The Age on 21 October 2011:
The Coalition also faced pressure over its policy on another front yesterday, with the head of Treasury, Martin Parkinson, raising the possibility that he and other officials might quit if Tony Abbott wins office and directs them to dismantle Labor’s carbon scheme.
Well Dr Parkinson is being directed to dismantle Labor’s carbon scheme and is acting on his threat to resign. It would have been better if he had resigned immediately, however.