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Election Wrap – 11 October

By johnboy - 11 October 2008 16

Green fear:

The Canberra Times is all over yesterday’s Green Terror as the major parties awaken to a threat to their cosy diarchy.

Liberals:

The CT brings word that $100,000 has been spent on a glass artwork in the new prison. Zed is agin’ it. Stanhope for.

Labor:

Also in the CT is a Labor plan to help pay HECS (isn’t it HELP now?) debts. All up $8.7 million on “skills”. (“You know, like nunchuku skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills… Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.”)

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16 Responses to
Election Wrap – 11 October
astrojax 9:25 am 12 Oct 08

Prison artwork? – typical. Not only is it the most luxurious jail in the country, we also pay for prison art.

not picking just on you, jorge, but several other comments seem also to have missed the first comment – does no one read any more?: Re the prison art – a source close to the action advises it was donated

that aside, i can’t see what the fuss is over having art in a ‘correction facility’ – isn’t the point to rehabilitate? that won’t be done in a sad grey cube. our justice system needs all the help it can get to reduce the appalling recidivism rates and creative environments is a logical approach.

and morgan also notes, astutely, the correct term should be ‘gaol’ – not ‘jail’, which we don’t have in australia.

Overheard 9:16 pm 11 Oct 08

Oh my God. I switched on the TV for one of the few times during the election campaign this evening on a rare night at home, or rather, at the place I sleep in Canberra.

The election advertising is WOEFUL!

They should have just saved the money and organised a televised pi$$ing competition.

I have great faith for the future of live music in this town after watching just an hour of commercial television (and a fair bit of the back of my eyelids).

Bundybear 8:18 pm 11 Oct 08

Only if you sell them door to door Thumper, and then add on a bit extra for framing.

Thumper 8:11 pm 11 Oct 08

Prints, that is….

Thumper 8:11 pm 11 Oct 08

Surely half a dozen prinys from Clints would suffice….

monomania 6:20 pm 11 Oct 08

Maybe I should sell artwork to the govt. With $100,000 the going rate, I’d only have to do one artwork a year!

If your artwork is worth buying go for it PM

Morgan 4:29 pm 11 Oct 08

ilmarinen said :

See, if we would just recruit our politicians out of jails.. We could stop outsourcing to Dave and Hank’s Cut Price Prisons Incorporated, and probably find we have some slightly more honest people running the country. It’s win-win!
P.S. They are called jails; I think some of you folk have been watching too much American TV.

Prison is a british term eg. Wormwood Scrubs Prison, or in Australia HM Pentrige Prison, Americans call them Penitenitarys. Jail is also an American spelling of Gaol.

PM 4:27 pm 11 Oct 08

monomania said :

D-Man said :

Artwork in a prison?! How outrageous.

The artwork at the Alexander Maconochie Centre is for visitors centre. It’s tough being the family of an incarcerated person. Why shouldn’t the visits be in a pleasant environment. Nobody would think of complaining about artwork at the High Court. Governments can support artists by giving them money or by buying their art.

Maybe I should sell artwork to the govt. With $100,000 the going rate, I’d only have to do one artwork a year!

monomania 4:21 pm 11 Oct 08

D-Man said :

Artwork in a prison?! How outrageous.

The artwork at the Alexander Maconochie Centre is for visitors centre. It’s tough being the family of an incarcerated person. Why shouldn’t the visits be in a pleasant environment. Nobody would think of complaining about artwork at the High Court. Governments can support artists by giving them money or by buying their art.

ilmarinen 4:13 pm 11 Oct 08

See, if we would just recruit our politicians out of jails.. We could stop outsourcing to Dave and Hank’s Cut Price Prisons Incorporated, and probably find we have some slightly more honest people running the country. It’s win-win!
P.S. They are called jails; I think some of you folk have been watching too much American TV.

monomania 4:10 pm 11 Oct 08

“All up $8.7 million on “skills”. From Labor.

It’s about time the poor relation CIT and its students got a fair go

Jorge 1:25 pm 11 Oct 08

Prison artwork? – typical. Not only is it the most luxurious jail in the country, we also pay for prison art.

RuffnReady 12:08 pm 11 Oct 08

$100,000 for a piece of art in a prison, and the whingers shout to high heaven about a total of $3.6mil to cycling across the whole city… ha!

As for the looming wedge the Greens are going to ram between the major parties, EXCELLENT! Needs to happen in the Federal Senate as well. I’ll certainly be voting Green.

D-Man 10:27 am 11 Oct 08

Artwork in a prison?! How outrageous. Next you’ll be saying the cells have windows and they feed them something apart from gruel. I say we bulldoze the prison and just keep sending our crooks to the Goulbourn Criminal University. We live in a skills based economy after all.

miz 10:23 am 11 Oct 08

Re the prison art – a source close to the action advises it was donated, which is fortunate as the prison has had its budget slashed rather – particularly landscaping (which would have been nice to screen it off from the highway a bit) and at least one whole prison building. And they keep changing the date for opening.

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