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?