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?