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Don’t think that public art is a priority right now? You might be a redneck.

By cmdwedge 17 April 2011 63

From the Canberra Times

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has labelled people opposed to public art as ”rednecks” and ”philistines” as the Government gears up for another costly installation.

A development application has been lodged for new public art on the corner of Rudd and Moore streets in Civic, outlining two pieces called Blue Sky Shard and Magenta Fold.

Mr Stanhope said yesterday he anticipated some Canberrans would be opposed to the artwork, which cost the ACT Government $400,000. ”I expect people that are genuinely redneck or have philistine-type instincts to continue to rail against it, but I’m absolutely committed to it,” he said.

Thank God that Stanhope has fixed everything else in the ACT, desperately requiring public funds. So much so that we can afford to blow cash on public art instead of hospital beds, better roads, et al.

Whew!

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troll-sniffer 3:01 pm 20 Apr 11

Mr Gillespie said :

Ummm……so let me get this straight……

Regarding your justification of Stanhope’s blatant and arrogant misuse of public money, you don’t reckon we need a health system or social services???!!! Are you kidding???? It is my fault if I get sick? People who need housing are just “whingers” and it is their own fault they need housing? Just what are you getting at here??

Nay laddie, read it line by line, slowly, mouth the words if you have to. When you come to the end, and you still haven’t figured out what I meant, read my next para.

Social services, housing, healthcare and the like, are like sponges, in that they will absorb whatever money is poured into them no matter how great the flow, and after a point, massive extra funding has little additional benefit, as those who would otherwise be self-sufficient jump onto the systems.

The government has to find a middle point where the maximum benefit is obtained without harming the truly vulnerable. Overall I believe they don’t do a bad job. I suspect that doubling the health and housing budgets would reduce the total whingeing amongst the ‘hard done by’ by about 10%. Would you be prepared to have your rates and taxes doubled for such a poor return? In the same way, removing the relatively small pool of arts and community money from the budget for the health and housing sector would result in next to no impact for those services and a city bereft of art. liked or disliked as you see fit.

beejay76 2:48 pm 20 Apr 11

Reminds me a bit of Keating. Ahhhhh the good old days when pollies were brave enough to be offensive…..

Diggety 1:41 pm 20 Apr 11

Just imagine if Stanhope was a Federal political leader saying that. He’d be out on his arse even after begging for forgiveness!

It’s a pity noone seems to give a toss about us and our insignificant politics in the ACT…

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