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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?

What’s Your opinion?


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28 Responses to
Dozspot taking up cudgels against the wrong foe?
Clown Killer 1:47 pm 14 May 09

And your point is?

Sure we can all wander about thinking up ways to be scared of paedophiles – if we put our tin-foil hats on we can think up all sorts of possibilities. Lets worry about those when the real danger becomes strangers lurking in the bushes instead of fathers, uncles, brothers, close family friends and people in positions of trust.

vg 12:43 pm 14 May 09

Clown Killer said :

I concede you’re point Peter, but I’m disturbed by the thought that the last line of protection that we could offer that child was to hide them from the cameras.

Whilst admittedly flippant, that comment was made in the context of my own family. We are asked by our school every year to decide whether we give permission for our children to appear in news letters, on the schools web-site and in school advertising and other promotional material as well as in the broader media – we can’t think of a reason why we wouldn’t (we even tried to think of a reason while wearing our tin-foil hats and still couldn’t come up with anything). But witness protection programs aside, yes there are likely to be some families with concerns that they believe are valid.

Get a look inside a paedophile’s house. That will soon change your mind

Clown Killer 11:42 am 14 May 09

I concede you’re point Peter, but I’m disturbed by the thought that the last line of protection that we could offer that child was to hide them from the cameras.

Whilst admittedly flippant, that comment was made in the context of my own family. We are asked by our school every year to decide whether we give permission for our children to appear in news letters, on the schools web-site and in school advertising and other promotional material as well as in the broader media – we can’t think of a reason why we wouldn’t (we even tried to think of a reason while wearing our tin-foil hats and still couldn’t come up with anything). But witness protection programs aside, yes there are likely to be some families with concerns that they believe are valid.

peterh 11:04 am 14 May 09

Clown Killer said :

I can’t see what the issue with filming kids is – unless you’re family is in witness protection.

what about a child who is warded to a sole guardian, who has placed them in a school without the knowledge of the estranged partner? Bingo – here is the school the child is at…

MrMagoo 10:52 am 14 May 09

colourful sydney racing identity said :

That is the most pressing issue in Dozspots portfolio? *sigh*

But he is acting in the best interests of…….

housebound 10:48 am 14 May 09

My objection to making kids sit down in a pretend exam, that everyone has to do when the real thing comes around, just to promote NAPLAN testing says anything about my value or otherwise of literacy and numeracy per se.

It’s amazing how kids can be literate and numerate without acting for the TV cameras.

johnboy 10:39 am 14 May 09

Simplistic and just wrong housebound.

Whoever the minister is they have legitimate public messages to get out there.

Unless you don’t think literacy and numeracy are important?

housebound 10:38 am 14 May 09

PR is free advertising – the stuff you can’t get by paying for it. That’s the point of it.

colourful sydney rac 10:32 am 14 May 09

hmmmn, what are the odds that the ‘concerned parent’ was a member of the Caberra Liberals? If I was a ‘concerned parent’ my first point of call would be the school. If I was unsatisfied with their response it would be the Department then the Minister then the media or the shadow minister.

johnboy 10:20 am 14 May 09

PR is not advertising.

housebound 10:19 am 14 May 09

#4 +1

Aside from that, for parents who have their children on a do not film list, this is actually quite disturbing. They sometimes have very good reasons (maybe they are hiding from an abusive spouse, maybe the parents are in high security work, maybe the parents work in PR and want to protect their children, maybe the parents don’t vote labor and don’t want their children appearing in free labor ads).

The school should be in trouble, no doubt.

I personally would have thought that education was the idea of high school, unless it was a drama class.

This last point is the real issue – why is Andrew Barr using unpaid child labour for his own advertising ends?

colourful sydney rac 9:48 am 14 May 09

That is the most pressing issue in Dozspots portfolio? *sigh*

Clown Killer 9:46 am 14 May 09

I can’t see what the issue with filming kids is – unless you’re family is in witness protection.

Mr Evil 9:35 am 14 May 09

I’m sure young Tristan/Tristiana will eventually recover from this whole shockingly terrible experience.

We really are becoming a nation of gerbils!

Ozhair 9:25 am 14 May 09

Nothing’s as exciting for the kids as the TV cameras coming to the school, and nothing’s as hated by the cameramen as having to go do a school shoot 😛

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