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ACTION seeks token applause

By 22 November 2012 19

I’m thrilled that ACTION have hired two Sudanese guys.

Territory and Municipal Services today announced that ACTION’s workforce continues to diversify with the induction of two men from Sudan who have commenced a casual contract with the agency.

“The men have started work at the Belconnen depot cleaning and refuelling ACTION’s full range of fleet vehicles, which involves checking the coolant and oil, a full detail of the buses, and taking the buses through the bus wash,” said James Roncon, Director, ACTION.

I’m less thrilled they’re trying to turn it into a good news story instead of just two more new hires starting work.

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19 Responses to ACTION seeks token applause
#1
lynchpossy12:50 pm, 22 Nov 12

did it occur to you that this might be about helping a new community group with some work options in the ACT and these guys being able to be the champions for their community to assist other members into meaningful employment?

#2
NoImRight1:38 pm, 22 Nov 12

Always plenty of air given to bagging dern furreners not gettin jobs so seems fair to play up a positive result. Its not like Alan Jones will give this any space.

#3
MightyJoe1:48 pm, 22 Nov 12

Wow, well done TAMS, I drove behind one of the drivers the other night in Gungahlin and almost got out when he finally stopped to give him a serve after witnessing the following:
a) speeding on Mirabei Dr (over 80km/h)
b) taking the middle of a roundabout in a two land one (so I couldn’t pass him)
b) running a red light next to the police station (green light for opposite for left and straight, but red for us) almost collected two cars doing the right thing.
c) speeding in 40k/h zone throughout Gungahlin

Noticed that he had passengers onboard… must have been a great trip.

#4
thatsnotme2:02 pm, 22 Nov 12

MightyJoe said :

Wow, well done TAMS, I drove behind one of the drivers the other night in Gungahlin and almost got out when he finally stopped to give him a serve after witnessing the following:
a) speeding on Mirabei Dr (over 80km/h)
b) taking the middle of a roundabout in a two land one (so I couldn’t pass him)
b) running a red light next to the police station (green light for opposite for left and straight, but red for us) almost collected two cars doing the right thing.
c) speeding in 40k/h zone throughout Gungahlin

Noticed that he had passengers onboard… must have been a great trip.

Firstly, neither of the two people mentioned in this release are drivers.

Secondly, did you bother to actually take the bus details and let ACTION know about it? Or just save it up to have a rant on here?

#5
Chop712:24 pm, 22 Nov 12

whoopty do Action.

Should we expect press releases for gay bus drivers next.

…and seriously, A photo opportunity with casual workers (just cos they look different). Just wow.
I hope they re think that policy before someone calls it a place starting with “Z”

#6
El_Mariachi2:47 pm, 22 Nov 12

It might be a small story but media outfits like Alan Jones and News Ltd would actively have us believe that multiculturalism is a completely doomed project. Why not celebrate successes when we have them?

#7
BBQNinja2:57 pm, 22 Nov 12

MightyJoe said :

b) taking the middle of a roundabout in a two land one (so I couldn’t pass him)

Any vehicle > 7.5m long, which shows the “do not overtake turning vehicles” sign, is authorised to (and should be expected to) use two lanes in any intersection, including roundabouts.

#8
eyeLikeCarrots2:59 pm, 22 Nov 12

Credit where credit is due. Sudanese youth (Just like Anglo-Australian youth) need role models in an effort to take them away from gangs. Google around, there are plenty of news posts about gang culture among young migrants (and thier decendants).

#9
MightyJoe3:34 pm, 22 Nov 12

Actually, I thought about it, then promptly dismissed it.. but this article reminded me.. Well, I’m sorry I must have had a George Costanza moment as they were of dark skinned so this article prompted me to comment.

Next time I see this type of behaviour, I’ll videotape it for Action and send it to them.

BBQNinja said :

MightyJoe said :

Understood, but how is it that bus drivers in traffic can use one lane? by taking it slowly. This gut powered through the roundabout at > 80 hence now chance of driving the lines.

“Firstly, neither of the two people mentioned in this release are drivers.

Secondly, did you bother to actually take the bus details and let ACTION know about it? Or just save it up to have a rant on here?”

b) taking the middle of a roundabout in a two land one (so I couldn’t pass him)

Any vehicle > 7.5m long, which shows the “do not overtake turning vehicles” sign, is authorised to (and should be expected to) use two lanes in any intersection, including roundabouts.

#10
How_Canberran3:40 pm, 22 Nov 12

Chop71 said :

whoopty do Action.

Should we expect press releases for gay bus drivers next.

…and seriously, A photo opportunity with casual workers (just cos they look different). Just wow.
I hope they re think that policy before someone calls it a place starting with “Z”

Methinks that this is ACTION pandering to the new boss of TAMS…none other than Lord Rattenbury.
With his wide and varied Ministerial portfolios, I feel that media releases like this will become all the more frequent.
How warm, how fuzzy, how Canberran.

#11
francine10:25 pm, 22 Nov 12

Try not to videotape it while driving.

MightyJoe said :

Actually, I thought about it, then promptly dismissed it.. but this article reminded me.. Well, I’m sorry I must have had a George Costanza moment as they were of dark skinned so this article prompted me to comment.

Next time I see this type of behaviour, I’ll videotape it for Action and send it to them.

BBQNinja said :

MightyJoe said :

Understood, but how is it that bus drivers in traffic can use one lane? by taking it slowly. This gut powered through the roundabout at > 80 hence now chance of driving the lines.

“Firstly, neither of the two people mentioned in this release are drivers.

Secondly, did you bother to actually take the bus details and let ACTION know about it? Or just save it up to have a rant on here?”

b) taking the middle of a roundabout in a two land one (so I couldn’t pass him)

Any vehicle > 7.5m long, which shows the “do not overtake turning vehicles” sign, is authorised to (and should be expected to) use two lanes in any intersection, including roundabouts.

#12
gazket10:31 pm, 22 Nov 12

2 black guys got a job. well done

#13
bundah9:07 am, 23 Nov 12

Wow who would’ve thought that Sudanese guys are actually capable of working? They really do have some rocket scientists in Action!

#14
Madam Cholet9:19 am, 23 Nov 12

At first glance it does appear to be an odd media release, however on further thinking it seems reasonably valid also. Most of the time when we see Sudanese men working in Canberra it’s in jobs such as collecting trolleys in supermarket carparks because most Australian born morons can’t be bothered to take them the extra step back themselves.

It’s a positive message to people who believe that it’s their only hope to say that they are quite capable of getting other jobs.

I’ve been in Australia about 20 years, and I am British by birth, so am relatively accepted – a bit of light-hearted banter between our countries. I have found it easy to get a job. Imagine if your skin colour was a factor in what people thought about you.

#15
NoImRight10:01 am, 23 Nov 12

How_Canberran said :

Chop71 said :

whoopty do Action.

Should we expect press releases for gay bus drivers next.

…and seriously, A photo opportunity with casual workers (just cos they look different). Just wow.
I hope they re think that policy before someone calls it a place starting with “Z”

Methinks that this is ACTION pandering to the new boss of TAMS…none other than Lord Rattenbury.
With his wide and varied Ministerial portfolios, I feel that media releases like this will become all the more frequent.
How warm, how fuzzy, how Canberran.

Yes of course. As soon as the election resulst were announced ACTION’s first thought was “quick get two Sudanese guys on the books!” It all makes sense.

How lame, how cliched, how predictable.

#16
Roundhead8910:26 am, 23 Nov 12

What a load of PC nonsense. I thought the age of tokenism ended years ago.

#17
PantsMan10:55 am, 23 Nov 12

Good to see they didn’t give these foreigner/refugee types full-time permanent jobs with any training.

#18
Thumper11:12 am, 23 Nov 12

Yeah, ACTION are going a bit overboard but really, this is a positive thing so what’s the problem?

#19
MERC60012:46 pm, 23 Nov 12

“”Yes of course. As soon as the election resulst were announced ACTION’s first thought was “quick get two Sudanese guys on the books!” It all makes sense.

How lame, how cliched, how predictable.
“”

Have to agree. I don’t think Lord Rattenbury would have had time to arrange this. But when our Green Minister hits his straps, I suspect we will be reading his press releases galore. A friend suggested his Lordship will treat the ACT as his cage, and us like lab rats. Must admit I don’t know what the greens policies are … or anybody else’s realy. Oh I do remember a tram thing but thats about it.

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