Frank Sartor, departing State politics at the election, can be proud of his work as Olympic-era Lord Mayor, his contribution to cancer research and his supportive role in saving the river red gums, the sizable nature conservation gain of recent years.
From his start as a minister, however (and I brought him into the cabinet as soon as he was elected to parliament in 2003) he started presenting with such a hangdog air that one wondered whether he might have preferred a different job. I saw him on TV recently announcing protection for frog habitats. He had such a miserable, half believing air about him I came close to shouting at the screen, “Liven up, Frank! That’s what Environment Ministers do! They save frogs! Do it and believe in it!”
All who appreciated how he fixed up the city for the Games wish him the best in his new life. (Originally published on 3rd December 2010).