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Bushfire memorial opening today.

By Thumper - 18 January 2006 11

No article on line as yet, which is not unusual for the on line Canberra Times.

Having said that, today my friends, is January the 18th. I can remember what I was doing on this day three years ago as can many others.

However, I did not come to bury nor burn Caesar and sorry about the pun.

Mr Stanhope will be opening the new Bush Fire memorial today at 10.30. Sadly, it is bucketing down out there as I for one would have liked to have seen a decent crowd turn up to witness the opening even though I never intended attending due to a minor inconvenience called work.

I’ll check it out one day and as I said I’m not here to bury Stanhope or his goverment over the issue.

Let’s hope it all goes well.

What’s Your opinion?


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11 Responses to
Bushfire memorial opening today.
yakz 7:22 pm 18 Jan 06

the answer, colsim, is no extra money and probably would have accepted the ESB advice as did the Labour government at the time.

colsim 6:13 pm 18 Jan 06

Sorry, excuse the extra E Brendan. Guess that’s what happens when I don’t see someone’s name written down anywhere for a while.

Out of curiosity – would they (the Libs) have handled it any better? Don’t recall any urgent requests/demands etc before the 18th that more be done – even from the Pratt. (Though I guess that wouldn’t have involved police particularly)(Or was he even in the Assembly back then)

Did they pledge more money for fire services in the election before? Just wondering.

Mr Evil 2:35 pm 18 Jan 06

Smyth aka Little Fella.

Does anyone know what the memorial looks like? Staff at the School of Art were involved in the design, so I’m guessing it’ll look like shit.

kimba 2:13 pm 18 Jan 06

sorry, that what i meant….pronounced ‘smith’ not “smythe”!!!

vg 2:02 pm 18 Jan 06

Get it right kids……Smyth, pronounced Smith

Maelinar 11:54 am 18 Jan 06

But since we all know where the buck stops…

Oh that’s right, we’ll fight everything kicking and screaming and tying up the restoration processes by dragging everything through the legal process time and time again…

That’s where the buck has proverbially stopped.

kimba 11:12 am 18 Jan 06

colsim you are missing the point. It’s not about nero’s position as Chief Minister or that he is Labor – it’s that many victims of the bushfires feel nero and his team sat there and did nothing while Canberra burned. Also because he tried to undermine the Doogan inquiry into the bushfires.

BTW…it’s Smith, and of course he would have been invited to the dedication!!!

Thumper 11:10 am 18 Jan 06

Yeah Col,

Fact of life is that Stanhope is the CM and so it is appropriate although the GG would have been a good choice.

And the other fact of life is that no matter what happens, pollies will always politicise an event. Its their job, they can’t help it.

colsim 11:00 am 18 Jan 06

Maybe if it was a national event the GG should come but as Chief Minister of the ACT, it seems appropriate to me and not politicised.

Stanhope does the dedication not as leader of the ALP in the ACT but as CM.

If Smythe was expecting to be included in the process, it would seem like much more of a politicisation of the affair.

Thumper 10:51 am 18 Jan 06

I totally agree.

kimba 10:14 am 18 Jan 06

It’s a poignant and significant occasion but I believe ‘nero’ Stanhope should have stayed away from today’s dedication.

Nero says that the dedication is being ‘politicised’ but he is politicising the day by attending.

It would have been more fitting to have the opening by the Governor General or someone similar.

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