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Angry Barr savages the Canberra Times on Twitter over the Brumbies development

By johnboy - 23 January 2012 31

Overnight the Canberra Times Ewa Kretowicz was quoting a spokesperson of Andrew Barr on plans to speed up the development of the Brumbies headquarters into lucrative inner south apartments:

Acting planning minister Andrew Barr was reviewing the lease conditions at the ACT Brumbies rugby club in ”the public interest”, his spokesman said last night. If Mr Barr decides to allow the changes it would be his second use of controversial call-in powers in two months. The Brumbies club is seeking to rezone the site of its Griffith headquarters from a commercial CZ6 leisure and accommodation zone to a RZ4 medium density residential zone and remove a concessional lease clause which set the land aside for community purposes such as a bowling club.

These variations to the Territory Plan are required for the Brumbies to build 150 units on the site, a move which has been strongly opposed by local residents and is currently the subject of a Legislative Assembly planning committee inquiry.

A spokesman from Mr Barr’s office said, ”No decision has been made on the development application to deconcessionalise the lease and Minister Barr will not be making the final determination.”

But retired civil engineer and town planner Tony Powell said he was shocked by the latest move, accusing the Government of reneging on a promise to wait until a Legislative Assembly inquiry into the proposed redevelopment is completed.

Minister Barr is not impressed by the article, taking to Twitter to express his dismay:

andrew barr tweets

We did ask if there would be a more concrete statement:

twitter

Sadly no:

andrew barr tweet

UPDATE: It’s also kicking on over on facebook:

I’m trying to enjoy the last few days of my leave so won’t be doing any interviews on a made up story. You may as well ask me on the show to discuss my recording contract with the Rolling Stones. Apparently, they are going to sack Mick Jagger and put me up as lead singer. You can’t read all about it in tomorrow’s Canberra Times.

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nyssa1976 9:25 am 24 Jan 12

I know the meaning of the phrase…

To use it at all is callous and shows a lack of regard for his constituents who may well know what it’s like to be a beaten wife (myself included).

In this day and age is it still acceptable to make fun of DV? I thought not, guess I was wrong.

So you can attack all you like but neanderthalis and Thumper put it quite succinctly.

neanderthalsis 8:59 am 24 Jan 12

pajs said :

nyssa1976 said :

Barr was a PATHETIC Minister for Education and has now proven to be an insensitive prat!!

To make light of domestic violence is BS. The ‘man’ needs to be kicked out of politics.

Sheesh there are some comprehension problems in this thread. As Johnboy and others have pointed out, “When did you stop beating your wife?” is the classic reference example of a loaded question. It is not making light of domestic violence. It is not a ‘bizarre thing to say’. Here, it is a critique of lazy journalism and absent fact-checking.

Yes, we all understand the concept of a loaded question.

But it was bizarre in the form of a response to a simple request for a statement. Frothing at the mouth on twitter is not what a politician should be doing in response to a story, true or otherwise in the local rag. A considered response, a denial if necessary, would be appropriate. Irate ramblings on social media make him look guilty as charged and simply blustering in the hope that the noise and confusion will hide the fact.

Pandy 10:46 pm 23 Jan 12

Headlines tomorrows “Strait Times”: Minister walks into closet. Speaks in tongues.

dungfungus 10:34 pm 23 Jan 12

PantsMan said :

Thumper said :

Wow, bizarre and immature response from Barr.

He’s been coping the heat on a lot of stuff lately: GST submission, gay marriage, $80 million black hole…

Looks like the weak link.

Don’t forget the $500k donation to the NGA’s current exhibition which from most accounts has been underwhelming. Also, Bar is a Twitterer…………………………….

PantsMan 10:02 pm 23 Jan 12

Thumper said :

Wow, bizarre and immature response from Barr.

He’s been coping the heat on a lot of stuff lately: GST submission, gay marriage, $80 million black hole…

Looks like the weak link.

Thumper 5:43 pm 23 Jan 12

Holden Caulfield said :

EvanJames said :

nyssa1976 said :

Barr was a PATHETIC Minister for Education and has now proven to be an insensitive prat!!

To make light of domestic violence is BS. The ‘man’ needs to be kicked out of politics.

If you take the trouble to research the reference “when did you stop beating your wife” you will wish there was a “delete post” function on RiotAct.

I’m feeling a bit embarassed for you, and the others whose education doesn’t extend to common knowledge.

I tend to agree, but Thumper does have a point.

I completely understand what Barr was getting at with his quote. However, he’s an elected official and frankly it sounds like a petty dummy spit.

I expect more from public figures than petulent throw away tweets.

Holden Caulfield 5:24 pm 23 Jan 12

EvanJames said :

nyssa1976 said :

Barr was a PATHETIC Minister for Education and has now proven to be an insensitive prat!!

To make light of domestic violence is BS. The ‘man’ needs to be kicked out of politics.

If you take the trouble to research the reference “when did you stop beating your wife” you will wish there was a “delete post” function on RiotAct.

I’m feeling a bit embarassed for you, and the others whose education doesn’t extend to common knowledge.

I tend to agree, but Thumper does have a point.

EvanJames 4:44 pm 23 Jan 12

nyssa1976 said :

Barr was a PATHETIC Minister for Education and has now proven to be an insensitive prat!!

To make light of domestic violence is BS. The ‘man’ needs to be kicked out of politics.

If you take the trouble to research the reference “when did you stop beating your wife” you will wish there was a “delete post” function on RiotAct.

I’m feeling a bit embarassed for you, and the others whose education doesn’t extend to common knowledge.

Thumper 4:18 pm 23 Jan 12

pajs said :

nyssa1976 said :

Barr was a PATHETIC Minister for Education and has now proven to be an insensitive prat!!

To make light of domestic violence is BS. The ‘man’ needs to be kicked out of politics.

Sheesh there are some comprehension problems in this thread. As Johnboy and others have pointed out, “When did you stop beating your wife?” is the classic reference example of a loaded question. It is not making light of domestic violence. It is not a ‘bizarre thing to say’. Here, it is a critique of lazy journalism and absent fact-checking.

No, it is a completely bizarre thing for an elected member to say.

Twitter, isn’t it wonderful?

dungfungus 4:11 pm 23 Jan 12

johnboy said :

pajs said :

Sheesh there are some comprehension problems in this thread. As Johnboy and others have pointed out, “When did you stop beating your wife?” is the classic reference example of a loaded question. It is not making light of domestic violence. It is not a ‘bizarre thing to say’. Here, it is a critique of lazy journalism and absent fact-checking.

Although Lyndon Johnson took it to ever greater levels.

this ‘ancient and honourable’ story of how Lyndon Johnson first got elected to Congress in 1948 when his opponent was a wealthy and politically favoured pig farmer: ‘Lyndon was running about 10 points behind, with only nine days to go… He was sunk in despair. He was desperate… he called his equally depressed campaign manager and instructed him to call a press conference at two or two-thirty ( just after lunch on a slow news day) and accuse his high-riding opponent (the pig farmer) of having routine carnal knowledge of his barnyard sows, despite the pleas of his wife and children… His campaign manager was shocked. ‘We can’t say that, Lyndon,’ he said. ‘It’s not true.’ ‘Of course it’s not,’ Johnson barked at him, ‘but let’s make the bastard deny it.’

I think everyone is aware of the famous loaded question that Barr referred to however the point I was trying to make is that it was not an appropriate response for him to use simply because he doesn’t have a wife. OK?

Waiting For Godot 4:00 pm 23 Jan 12

nyssa1976 said :

Barr was a PATHETIC Minister for Education and has now proven to be an insensitive prat!!

To make light of domestic violence is BS. The ‘man’ needs to be kicked out of politics.

Uh, oh. PC alert!

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