Government blocks information about school closures

louise 13 February 2007 29

The ACT Opposition has accused the Government of taking unprecedented action to block the release of documents related to the decision to close 23 schools across Canberra.

A story on ABC online shows just how shy the government is about letting people know the reasoning behind its school closures agenda.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this item is that anyone expected the government to treat the community with any less contempt than it did last year.

The 2008 election can’t come soon enough.

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29 Responses to Government blocks information about school closures
Thumper Thumper 8:12 am 15 Feb 07

Got my vote as well.

el el 8:26 pm 14 Feb 07

I’d vote for JB too.

You’ve got an audience of what, several thousand here?

emd emd 7:23 pm 14 Feb 07

I’d vote for JB. At least he’s likely to put the documents on his website for all to read.

Or, as I’ve said before, vote Party Party Party Party.

miz miz 6:45 pm 14 Feb 07

ACT govt wouldn’t want to give over any docs that could be construed as breaching the Education Act, which says the process should be ‘open and transparent’ (see here at p 14, s 20(7)(b) )
The irony.

Special G Special G 11:11 am 14 Feb 07

JB, you after a change in career?

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 10:30 am 14 Feb 07

Anarchy is the answer.

Al Al 10:27 am 14 Feb 07

Minority government is the only way to hold a government in the ACT accountable. Independents, minor parties – with proportional voting you have the chance to get a few of them in – so everyone should get out out and support like-minded free-willed candidates. The more the ACT government becomes like a local council the better.

johnboy johnboy 9:55 am 14 Feb 07

maybe they just left the beer mat they did the figuring out on in the Labor Club?

Maelinar Maelinar 9:47 am 14 Feb 07

There is no such security classification of ‘not in the publics interest’ at local government level.

I have run out of people to vote for in the next elections, as I have nothing but contempt for most of my ‘representatives’.

We’ve got a Labour government that is above it’s station
We’ve got a Liberal opposition that can’t get itself together as a party, let alone stand as opposition
We’ve got a greens opposition that is a leech on society
Has anybody heard of the Democrats at all recently or have they faded from existence ?


louise louise 9:44 am 14 Feb 07

It was more a comment about this govt than anything else. I think it is the majority govt. thing that is the issue. Gotta avoid majorities.

There’s no way a minority govt. could get away with holding back on information because it is not in their (oops, the public) interest.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 9:38 am 14 Feb 07

louise: I’m not so sure ’bout Kate… remember “The grass is always greener”… especially wherever Kate sprays it 😉

louise louise 9:26 am 14 Feb 07

I have heard it said that this govt’s crowning achievement was to make Kate look good 😉

Sammy Sammy 9:12 am 14 Feb 07

Okay, I agree, we don’t have much of an opposition

Indeed, and the poor excuse for an opposition would probably just get drunk on the power.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 9:07 am 14 Feb 07

They probably just odnt’ want people poring over the documents and finding illogicalities and inconsistencies.

probably used a white-board 😉

Thumper Thumper 8:36 am 14 Feb 07

“Not in the publics interest”

Funny that, it seems to me that the public is very, very interested.

Roll on 2008 and kick these arrogant, incompetant, lying bastards out.

(Okay, I agree, we don’t have much of an opposition….)

nyssa76 nyssa76 11:00 pm 13 Feb 07

Hasdrubahl, well considering the land for Griffith Library sold for a mint, what other reason is there for closing the schools?

It’s all about money.

You can’t write a decent policy in 3-6 months. It was too hastily put together with maximum impact and confusion.

School communities will still be feeling the “sting” for the next 2 years, if not longer. This includes student numbers and staffing issues.

seepi seepi 9:35 pm 13 Feb 07

They probably just odnt’ want people poring over the documents and finding illogicalities and inconsistencies.

The towards 2020 mob only had a few months to work out which schools to close, so I’m sure it was a pretty chaotic process and some random decisions were made. They just don’t want people examining the fine print now.

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 9:35 pm 13 Feb 07

Correction: WAS your money.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 9:32 pm 13 Feb 07

Mate it’s like putting bread out for pidgeons … the more money you let slip through your fingers as tax, the more leeches and parasites the government employs to spend your money … never forget that it’s your money!

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 9:05 pm 13 Feb 07

You mean there’s only one?

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