Extra money going to buses

GnT 14 November 2007 67

The ACT government earned more money than predicted this year, so they’ve released a second budget promising $75 million to fix the public transport system.

There is no doubt ACTION needs it, after the government massively slashed bus services and completely stuffed up the system last year. Ther’s also little doubt the public would prefer better services ahead of tax cuts, as demonstrated by a comprehensive survey here on RiotACT.

However I’m a little confused. Only 18 months ago the territory was in dire straits financially and had to close 39 schools. What is the truth about our financial situation?

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67 Responses to Extra money going to buses
Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:41 am 21 Nov 07

Oh just shut up the both of you!

nyssa76 nyssa76 7:04 am 21 Nov 07

Nice comeback. Now be gone infantile worm.

Take the hint moron…

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 10:34 pm 20 Nov 07

I direct you to post only in haiku! You bore me.

nyssa76 nyssa76 5:19 pm 20 Nov 07

It just proves you’re special and easy to bite 🙂

Again, I’ve directed you not to post to me, so respect it. You bore me.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 3:18 pm 20 Nov 07

Sorry for the double post, I got an error message and corrected, but it posted the orginal?

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 2:57 pm 20 Nov 07

From ‘dictionary.com’
1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.
2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”

They even have a word for it! I’ve learnt something today.

Nyssa, your idiocy certainly teaches people.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 2:56 pm 20 Nov 07

hy·per·bo·le /ha??p?rb?li/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[hahy-pur-buh-lee] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun Rhetoric.
1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.
2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”

They even have a word for it! I’ve learnt something today.

Nyssa, your idiocy certainly teaches people.

caf caf 10:35 am 20 Nov 07

Mmm, perhaps you should look up “hyperbole” nyssa.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 11:36 pm 19 Nov 07

Look if you can’t understand basic communication, whinge to some f-king simpleton on Yahoo questions or something.

You’re honestly a twit. Did you even think anyone would think there’s no-one in these schools? If you did, then the world is not for you.

nyssa76 nyssa76 8:41 pm 19 Nov 07

Hehe, well said Nemo.

DMD, you can try but you’ve failed.

When you make a statement, such as the unpopulated schools, your ignorance shows. You can bitch and moan but it made no real sense, in the scheme of things.

You need a little more work with your prefixes.

And with that, here’s one more for the road – you bore me and that I don’t want to further your torture. Now, take the SECOND hint and go play with your tonka toys.

Nemo Nemo 6:28 pm 19 Nov 07

“Sometimes people say things that are not to be taken entirely literally.”

DMD – It’s good to see you apply this rule universally.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 5:41 pm 19 Nov 07

I won’t attempt, Nyssa, I’ll GIVE you a response.

Perhaps you need a lesson in how the English language yourself. I’m no master of it, I’ll admit, but I will pass this little tidbit on to you. Sometimes people say things that are not to be taken entirely literally. An exaggeration of something, i.e. ’empty schools’ may not necessarily mean that is the case – especially if it is obvious both parties know it’s not the truth. It is being used to strengthen a point – that is , in this case, that the schools are underpopulated. You wouldn’t give resources to empty schools would you? No, Nyssa, the answer is no. But in the case of underpopulated schools, it seems a little more gray. Putting things in black and white, whilst being something you should never base an argument on entirely, can be a handy tool to clarify your argument (usually to dimwits).

I read this aloud in my best play-school voice.

Since you don’t seem to understand this, you are on detention until you do. Corner! Now, Nyssa! Don’t make me redden your hand with this ruler now! Or break your legs!

nyssa76 nyssa76 5:22 pm 19 Nov 07

Oh and DMD, you need to read more because the schools were UNPOPULATED. They were underpopulated – according to the bean counter.

Please don’t attempt a response. You bore me.

nyssa76 nyssa76 5:17 pm 19 Nov 07

*laugh* Oh Heavs, that was such a good one!

Top of the class for you mate!

Heavs Heavs 2:05 pm 19 Nov 07

Jeez Nyssa. You’d think that you would be pleased they are selling all the school land off. Maybe it will reduce house prices and you’ll finally be able to buy that house you’ve been bleating on about for the last 12 months.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 1:51 pm 19 Nov 07

Nyssa….your opinion is, and definitely seems to be influenced by your profession on this matter. I don’t blame you, though. It’s pretty damn close to home for you. Or work, I should say.

You are quite welcome to have an opinion. We live in a democracy. But I am quite welcome to disagree with it – and we all know, in the political arena, colorful language and insults bury flowery words before the match even begins.

Closing down excess, unpopulated schools saves more money for resources. That will stop you having to buy them.

Doesn’t forming a proper argument mean addressing someone’s point and not repeating the same point over and over when it’s been adressed? If so, then I’ll take a pass on your offer, thanks.

Maelinar – it’s not really a different stance. ‘Big Kev’s’ pledge seemed to me to be more about providing more resources to students instead of maintaining empty buildings.

I also have a really immature reply to 3ft ass comment. But it’s really bad, really really really bad. So bad that if I don’t click ‘say it’ now, I will type it.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:59 am 19 Nov 07

Just to divert from nyssa and DMD’s *wonderfully entertaining* insult swaps…

While there were indeed efforts to get the airport serviced by buses over the years, the responses were indeed always along the lines of “the airport shouldn’t have built those offices there so they can get stuffed”.

However since then other community groups, the GCC (see here http://www.gcc.asn.au/content/view/326/328/ ) and a number of private individuals made submissions to the recent ACTION Inquiry and participated in other ways of getting the message across like ABC Radio’s Transport Forum hosted by Alex Sloane.

I believe what has made a difference now is pointing out that there are now several thousand people who work out at BBP and those people cannot “get stuffed” – they were moved there by their employers, many live in ACT electorates, they have not been getting fair and equitable service from their government, and they have a vote coming up next year.

But whatever – end result is the services are going in. Good outcome for all.

Mælinar Mælinar 9:33 pm 16 Nov 07

I’m interested in knowing what the Labour party perspective is on this issue, particularly in relation to big Kev’s federal stance on education, and how the local labour party must be just waiting for somebody to politely mention that they have closed a whole heap of schools which seems quite a different stance.

nyssa76 nyssa76 8:39 pm 16 Nov 07

DMD, what rubbish are you dribbling now?

You are acting like a child – ooh I said something as an individual, but nooooo I said it and I’m a bad person because in the little world inside your head, teachers can’t have an opinion.

Are you for real? You need to spend more time paying attention to what I wrote. I never said teacher benefits OR that teacher come before better resources.

Do you use that thing 3ft above your arse?

I buy most of the resources for my students btw.

Now, did you read my last post slowly? Because I think you missed a bit.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 8:24 pm 16 Nov 07

CHILDISH TAUNTS?! Ahahahahahahahahahaha!

Who’s childish here? Suggesting that teens legs be broken to stop them stealing cars? Sounds like infant logic to me….

Obviously, you missed the ‘obvious joke’. I don’t think you really break kid’s legs. But do you? Honest.

Students see one side of the the education system, a bloody important one. Schools are about STUDENTS learning – not about teacher benefits. Doesn’t mean teacher’s shouldn’t be a concern of the education department. They should be. But the concerns of teachers shouldn’t come before better resources being provided to students.

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