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Barr says “demographic changes” make closures necessary

By IBN News - 20 October 2006 57

There’s been lots of numbers flying around with the land tax debate this week.

And now there’s even more statistics, this time with the school closures controversy.

Education minister Andrew Barr is quoting ABS numbers to back up his case.

He says the ACT has had a declining birth rate for a while now, and demographic changes justify the closing of some smaller schools in suburbs with declining populations.

Barr also quoted some research yesterday about the government’s Towards 2020 plan, which contained the rather disturbing line that, in effect, parents who were initially angry about the changes eventually saw the light.

UPDATE: The Save Our Schools group has its own take on the ABS birth figures. Read their media release here.

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Barr says “demographic changes” make closures necessary
Special G 12:21 pm 20 Oct 06

Its probably why he was put in the position as he isn’t affected by anything to do with schools.

Its the internet – Cheap shots are allowed.

Absent Diane 12:03 pm 20 Oct 06

you don’t blame the people with resentment or the people not bringing up children?

johnboy 11:26 am 20 Oct 06

Simto, i think there’s a growing tide of resentment against people, either straight or not, who choose a flashy lifestyle over the grind and responsibility of child raising.

Frankly i don’t blame them.

Pandy 11:23 am 20 Oct 06

Good one Nyssa. You live in a glasshouse?

simto 11:06 am 20 Oct 06

Nyssa, your cheap shot about Barr and the birth rate is just that – cheap.

I don’t know whether Barr and his long term partner intend to have children (through adoption or surrogacy)- but I suspect you don’t either.

So please make your points using relevant arguments – not insinuating “he’s a poof so he doesn’t know anything about having kids”.

Swaggie 10:50 am 20 Oct 06

Noted in our school newsletter uesterday was the Goverment’s official line on the the 20/20 plan and knowing the Principal’s vehement opposition to it it’s a shame no right of reply was allowed in the Newsletter in the week our submission against closure was sent in.

Swaggie 10:49 am 20 Oct 06

Noted in our school newsletter uesterday was the Goverment’s official line on the the 20/20 plan and knowing the Principal’s vehement opposition to it it’s a shame no right of reply was allowed in the Newsletter in the week our submission against closure was sent in.

Absent Diane 10:32 am 20 Oct 06

I agree che… they probably are doing the right thing… they just haven’t taken a transparent approach to it.

che 10:27 am 20 Oct 06

yes but the ACT govt are taking the gamble that those couples in the inner north having kids will move out of their 2 bedroom appt and move to Gungahlin to get a McMansion to raise the kids in

they could be right, but it would be nice if they tried to be honest about the approach they were taking rather than asking everyone to just “trust us, we’re the govt”

nyssa76 10:25 am 20 Oct 06

He’s only using the stats that he “needs” as opposed to the truth.

seepi 10:17 am 20 Oct 06

But surely demographic changes show that Chifley has a huge growth in births yet they are closing the school.Also the inner north is having a huge baby boom.

Thumper 9:57 am 20 Oct 06

‘Saw the light’ or were resigned to the fact….

Special G 9:47 am 20 Oct 06

We enrolled our little girl at Cook primary yesterday. She is the first enrolment for 2012. Hopefully the school will still be there by then.

che 9:38 am 20 Oct 06

its always fun to quote from a confidential report that no one has read

nyssa76 9:15 am 20 Oct 06

It’s not like he’s going to assist the birth rate any time soon.

Bring on the next election…then we’ll see how many parents “see the light”.

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