Canberra Council Considers…stuff…

weeziepops 1 June 2009 6

In my thirst for knowledge, I went along to the ACT Legislative Assembly Inquiry into the Budget papers. I was delighted to see our local pollies taking themselves seriously as they tackled the Big Issues facing our fine town.

The highlight for me was undoubtedly when Hargreaves told Dozspot to “settle petal” when Mr Dozspot asked if a briefing he received on a constituent was “the full story”.

Yes, they could have spent some time talking about what exactly the ACT government plans to do to address the findings of the recent audit into respite care. They could have discussed cross-portfolio coordination so that, for example, the decision makers responsible for housing, transport, health and disability all agree the best place for supported accommodation before sticking someone with limited mobility in the facility-free outer-north. But no.

After Hargreaves’ mind numbingly dull opening statement (which went for a seemingly endless 30 minutes), the only way should have been up. As it was, the town councillors satisfied themselves with making a couple of public servants a little bit nervous before entering into a bit of very mild push-me-shove-you across the table. I did consider a quick costing of the exercise. There were some 12 senior public servants in attendance as well as approximately six advisers, not to mention all the preparatory briefing which would have been done. Thank goodness for self government, else we would not have the satisfaction of seeing our tax dollars in action like this.

Thank gawd it’s only a short walk to Croissant d’Or for a soothing petit four…


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astrojax astrojax 1:26 pm 01 Jun 09

i want the brains recipe. c’mon, out with it..

weeziepops weeziepops 9:34 am 01 Jun 09

They were examples of issues which could have been discussed. My main point is that NOTHING was really discussed. But thanks, Woody – glad I can still score a comment.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 9:31 am 01 Jun 09

Legislative Assembly fails to discuss narrow issue of importance to weeziepops; end of democracy as we know it; recipes for brains at 11.

housebound housebound 9:19 am 01 Jun 09

It all sounds pretty normal, if somewhat disappointing.

But to be fair, we are only a toy parliament. The Education minister writing a letter to his state and territory counterparts is front page news in this town.

weeziepops weeziepops 8:38 am 01 Jun 09

Agreed. What’s the point? Especially as I read in today’s CT that the information most likely to be of interest to such discussions is being protected under FOI. See link:http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/ps-stifles-query-on-wasteful-spending/1527974.aspx

trevar trevar 8:14 am 01 Jun 09

I don’t disagree with your assertion that the whole exercise is futile, but I don’t think they’re much better on the other side of the lake, or on Macquarie or Spring Streets for that matter.

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