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Liberals steam-roll Government in the Assembly over that vexed Fitters’ Workshop

By johnboy - 8 June 2012 8

The Canberra Liberals are celebrating a big win for them getting the Greens to smash up Labor’s Joy Burch and her decision to ignore committee recommendations about the future of the Fitters’ Workshop.

The Canberra Liberals today received majority Assembly support for a motion calling on ACT Labor to make the Fitters’ Workshop a multi-purpose facility. ACT Shadow Arts Minister Vicki Dunne said this is a win for the community, whose calls for a multi-purpose facility were ignored by Joy Burch.

“ACT Labor didn’t get the advice on the Fitters’ Workshop that it wanted to hear, so refused to listen,” Mrs Dunne said.

“Today’s motion reflected community concerns about ACT Labor’s decision to ignore the community and the Assembly’s wishes about the future use of the Fitters’ Workshop.

In response Joy Burch is having a right old tanty:

ACT Arts Minister Joy Burch today condemned the ACT Opposition and Greens for teaming up to jeopardise the future of a respected community arts organisation and continue to further divide Canberra’s arts community.

Ms Burch said the ACT Government did not support the Opposition and Greens’ motion today which sought to force the Government to abandon its longstanding commitment to refurbish the Fitters’ Workshop to accommodate Megalo Print Studio.

“Today we have seen the Opposition and Greens team up to attempt to undo a Budget commitment, contained in legislation, which was passed with the unconditional support of the Greens,” Ms Burch said.

“We did listen to the will of the Assembly. We listened to the will of the Assembly when the majority of the Assembly passed the 2011-12 Budget, including the $3.9 million commitment affirming our commitment of the Fitters’ Workshop for Megalo.

“The Greens have backflipped on their support for the Budget commitment and they will have to answer to the community.”

As is the way of ACT Labor the sacred Westminster Conventions are now invoked, which would be nice if a Minister ever resigned after a cock-up which is also a Westminster Convention.

Now will the Greens support a no confidence motion if the Government ignores this vote? Are we going to see a Government fall over the sodding Fitters’ Workshop and Stanhopian vanity projects?

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8 Responses to
Liberals steam-roll Government in the Assembly over that vexed Fitters’ Workshop
chewy14 3:16 pm 08 Jun 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

dungfungus said :

Th there will be a Liberal government in the ACT in a few months time.

What a ridiculous statement, even by your standards.

The fact that you think this is a ridiculous statement just shows how stupid people’s political views are in the ACT.

How dare someone say that turd sandwich is going to win the next election.

jimbocool 2:45 pm 08 Jun 12

Speaking of Westminster – it would be nice if we had a Minister who knew the difference between a Budget and an Appropriation Bill.

Budget = an explanation by the Executive on how it intends to spend the money it is asking the Assembly to appropriate. Not actually binding, and once described by Ted Quinlan in bored tones as, “only an estimate”.

Appropriation Bill = legislation appropriating funds to the Executive. Very bland and agregated amounts in lines. There will be no mention of “$3.9 million commitment affirming our commitment to the fitters’ workshop for Megalo” in it. This is what the Greens voted for – neither they, nor anyone else in the Assembly votes for (or against) the Budget.

Jim Jones 2:20 pm 08 Jun 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

dungfungus said :

Th there will be a Liberal government in the ACT in a few months time.

What a ridiculous statement, even by your standards.

Actually, by *his* standards it’s not ridiculous in the slightest.

colourful sydney rac 2:00 pm 08 Jun 12

dungfungus said :

Th there will be a Liberal government in the ACT in a few months time.

What a ridiculous statement, even by your standards.

tidalik 1:42 pm 08 Jun 12

So SCUNA is directing government policy now. I guess you have to be good at something.

fincle 12:07 pm 08 Jun 12

This means that other community art projects now can’t be funded. This Machiavellian piece of politics just divides the interests of the Arts community. There are plenty of beautiful spaces for the chorale society and other groups to practice, but their specific and inflexible insistence to have this space alone may well have a big impact on the portion of the budget set aside for public art and events.

The Green’s position is understandable. The Liberals on the other hand have come late into the issue and their tactics seem more than a little opportunistic. Unfortunately our rich local art and music culture will suffer as a result.

dungfungus 11:03 am 08 Jun 12

bitzermaloney said :

Who’d have thunk it? The Greens actually backing a Lib motion. Miracles will never cease.

Now if only they can actually get their heads out of the euphoric clouds to back (or even generate heaven forbid) motions that will make ACT ALP realise that they don’t own the ACT.

(Public transport and parking wold be a good place to start.)

The Greens have been reading the tea leaves and realize that there will be a Liberal government in the ACT in a few months time. This is their way of scoring points.

bitzermaloney 10:19 am 08 Jun 12

Who’d have thunk it? The Greens actually backing a Lib motion. Miracles will never cease.

Now if only they can actually get their heads out of the euphoric clouds to back (or even generate heaven forbid) motions that will make ACT ALP realise that they don’t own the ACT.

(Public transport and parking wold be a good place to start.)

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