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Hanson pins childhood obesity on Skywhale!

By johnboy - 28 May 2013 9

The Liberals Jeremy Hanson is very excited by the defunding of Robert DeCastella’s schoolyard anti-obesity campaign (apparently successful?).

Hanson knows where he would have saved the money:

“Last week, Katy Gallagher said that the increase of Canberrans who were overweight was the most concerning element of the COAG report, and that the Labor government would put more effort into tackling obesity.

“Today, we find out the funding for one of our most high profile and successful childhood anti-obesity programs has actually been cut.

“It beggars belief that Katy Gallagher did not know this cut was on the books when she made her statements last week.

“It is also extraordinary that we can find $300,000 for the Skywhale, but cannot find $250,000 to keep our kids fit and healthy.

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Hanson pins childhood obesity on Skywhale!
clj 4:23 pm 29 May 13

astrojax said :

and of course hanson conveniently forgets that the beautiful and intriguing and beguiling and eminently worth it skywhale was co-funded; so not all the three hundred kay came from gov’t coffers. conveniently disingenuous, who’da thunk that, eh?

I thought it was $300k that the government put in, the rest was from a philanthropist? Or the philanthropist put $50k towards the total of $334k? Something like that? I understood that the government had limited what it would pay to $300k which is why they had the extra funds from the private organization. Still more than the price of that program from the government.

I don’t mind it but I do think it’s a shame that relatively important things like homelessness services have been massively cut while they could find the money to pay for something we don’t even get to keep.

TheCreek 4:09 pm 29 May 13

MrMagoo said :

I’m by no means a fan of the skywhale and agree that the $300K coudl easily have been better spent. However, both Mr Hanson and Mr De Castella can stop bleating about the loss of this not so wonderful program. Smartstart is not an anti obeasidy program but rather a program that targets kids that already have a base level of fitness. Those kids that don’t meet standards set by Smartstart are left behind while those kids showing some ability are pushed futher along. Again it is another program that does nothing to attract those kids who aren’t already doing anything physical. Kids that don’t make standards by the baseline testing aren’t encouraged to undertake more acitivity and they are left as outsiders and open to more playground harassment as a result. Seriously, not a great loss and $250K that could be better spent on my PE teachers working in Primary Schools.

Smartstart measures kids fitness level, as well as some basic coordination It doesn’t ‘target’ any level of kids. It is mostly about collecting data.

Canberroid 3:35 pm 29 May 13

I’m pretty sure that if 1 cent was donated towards the hindenboob for every laugh that it generated around the country, it would have paid for itself by now (at about 1.5 laughs per person). I’ve certainly had my money’s worth of entertainment.

p1 1:51 pm 29 May 13

If there is one thing I know for certain about the Hindenboob is that it has a phenomenal BMI. Negative in fact.

astrojax 1:51 pm 29 May 13

and of course hanson conveniently forgets that the beautiful and intriguing and beguiling and eminently worth it skywhale was co-funded; so not all the three hundred kay came from gov’t coffers. conveniently disingenuous, who’da thunk that, eh?

Watson 1:25 pm 29 May 13

DeCastella claims the program is successful, but the UC report he refers to appears to be invisible to Google, so it’s just his word.

Ben_Dover 4:31 pm 28 May 13

Warning!!! Pinning something on the Skypigtittycarp may make it go off with a BANG!

DrKoresh 4:29 pm 28 May 13

If it means there’ll be none of this red light, green light jargon on the tuckshop menu then I’m not sorry to hear this.

MrMagoo 3:02 pm 28 May 13

I’m by no means a fan of the skywhale and agree that the $300K coudl easily have been better spent. However, both Mr Hanson and Mr De Castella can stop bleating about the loss of this not so wonderful program. Smartstart is not an anti obeasidy program but rather a program that targets kids that already have a base level of fitness. Those kids that don’t meet standards set by Smartstart are left behind while those kids showing some ability are pushed futher along. Again it is another program that does nothing to attract those kids who aren’t already doing anything physical. Kids that don’t make standards by the baseline testing aren’t encouraged to undertake more acitivity and they are left as outsiders and open to more playground harassment as a result. Seriously, not a great loss and $250K that could be better spent on my PE teachers working in Primary Schools.

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