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Dozspot taking up cudgels against the wrong foe?

By johnboy 14 May 2009 28

The Shadow Minister for pointless whinges, Steve Doszpot, has once again excelled himself.

    “I have received details from a concerned parent that the Education Minister, Andrew Barr, used school students in his own cynical publicity machine by inviting cameras into a Canberra School without the approval of parents for the children to be filmed,” Shadow Minister for Education and Training Steve Doszpot said today.

    “Some people could be confused for thinking that Andrew Barr is the Minister of photo opportunities stopping at nothing to get his head on the television,” Mr Doszpot said.

    “A concerned parent contacted the Canberra Liberals indicating their child was filmed by TV cameras despite being on a ‘do not film’ list. The children were made to do a ‘mock test’ for the camera with all the extra stimulus apparently causing some of the students to become distracted and even agitated.

Perhaps the problem is simple jealousy over air time?

So let’s think about this. As I see it one of two things could have happened:

    1.) The school stuffed up and the parents should be directing their complaint to the principal for failing to comply with their wishes on filming.

    2.) Andrew Barr deliberately set out to offend parents by demanding that children be selected for the photo opp who were on a “do not film list”.

I don’t know about you but I’m betting on the former.

Moving on… As I vaguely recall my youth pretty much nothing was as exciting as getting on TV. Given the kids absolutely love it where else should a Minister for Education conduct photo ops to get messages out?

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BerraBoy68 8:53 pm 14 May 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :


JB, such bias! You’ve never, ever said anything bad about the ALP or the Greens.

To clarify, WMC, I wasn’t accusing JB of bias, I know he’s hard on everybody:) Other journo’s I’m aware of do seem to let their bias colour their work though. I’ve spoken to many MLA’s in the recent past on a particular issue very close to my heart and I certainly would argue that maintaining a coherent thought or taking a strong and positive stance on key issues within his portfolio are certainly not Steve’s shortcomings. Perhaps, and I don’t know but please humour me, the issue is that press releases coming from Steve’s office are not as clear as they could be, thereby giving JB his perception, after all if you haven’t met the man the press releases are all you have to go on. If this is the case, I can understand it, particularly noting all the demands that are placed on an MLA’s time (yes, you may scoff if you doubt this, but try getting a meeting with one at a time that suits you).

As for the lib’s, my family are dyed in the wool labour (my dad was a Trade Union organiser FFS) but I have to say, I have doubts I’ll vote for the party this time around the way they’re going.

Woody Mann-Caruso 7:59 pm 14 May 09


JB, such bias! You’ve never, ever said anything bad about the ALP or the Greens.

johnboy 7:15 pm 14 May 09

I’m sorry Berraboy. I get upset by MLA’s apparently incapable of coherent thought.

The Liberals seem to be breeding them. They’re not the party of smart people any more.

BerraBoy68 7:06 pm 14 May 09

Mmmmm… you certainly seem to have issues with Steve Doszpot, JB. I prefer to beleive that Mr Doszpot is just doing his job and is actually trying to hold the Gov’t accountable for its actions. As for jealousy over air time, I don’t think this would be the case as you certainly give his press releases good air time here. Even so, it wouldn’t even be a potential problem if a few other ‘journo’s’ in this town didn’t purposely leave certain politicians names out of good stories just to make themselves feel powerful in acting on their own political biases. To me, that’s just poor journalism.

As for the kids, having their faces appear in publicity pics these days is a nightmare. Someone close to me that works at one of Canberra’s public pools had to deal with a very irate mother a couple of years back when an advert was shot at this particular pool. While the advert was for the learn to swim classes one mother took exception to ‘little Mary’s’ face being just inside the shot of one scene. And in theory, you’re supposed to ask permission from every parent at the pool if you want to take your own kids pic, just in case.

dereg52 6:08 pm 14 May 09

Maybe…just maybe, Mr Dozspot issued a press release after only speaking to a parent and not the school, education department or TV network.

Maybe…just maybe, all the kids had media clearance and the TV network was given permission by the Department, school and teacher.

And quite possibly the parent could have then changed their mind later and demanded the kid be blurred.

And quite possibly Mr Barr was in another suburb and had nothing to do with the incident.

That’s just a hypothetical perspective. Probably more factual than Mr Doszpots’ rubbish.

Clown Killer 4:06 pm 14 May 09

Any concerns they have are valid. All your statement shows is that even with tin hat you fail to appreciate your way is not the only reasonable way to think about the world.

So you’re either saying that my concerns have to align with others to be valid, or that I should be in a position to determine whether or not other people’s concerns are valid, both of which are nonsense.

Here’s another take on this. Parental permission aside, as far as I’m concerned if you send your kids to a school that peoples taxes help to support then the government should be allowed unrestrained access to that school for it’s own legitimate purposes – which would obviously mean policy announcements and the like.

johnboy 3:47 pm 14 May 09

“marketing assistant”???

Earth calling planet peter…

Media go into schools all the time. They get permission first and then it’s the school’s job to keep the wrong people from fronting getting on camera.

That’s the well established procedure. It’s the school’s fault, and theirs alone.

peterh 3:45 pm 14 May 09

Pommy bastard said :

So Barr should have personally vetted each kid to make sure they were not on the “do not film” list or wasn’t that the schools responsibility?

barr shouldn’t, the school and the marketing assistant from his team should have. making sure that the children who appeared in photos were allowed to be filmed should have been item one. an alternative would have been to blur the photos of the kids, as some other pr exercises have done over the years. they must have photoshop, so it wouldn’t be hard to hide their identities.

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