NSW Premier Mr Maurice (Some call him a space cowboy..) lemma, has come out with all guns blazing against the Stanhope school closures, citing the hardships that will be caused to Queanbeyan students. However, rat shot into an elephant hide does not work.
Now, from memory, lemma couldn’t give a stuff about anything outside NSW (Newcastle, Sydney, Woolongong) so this outburst defies explanation.
It does, however, give us a hint that other State Premiers are not on the same wavelength as our brave leader, in fact, some would say, not on the same planet.
Having said this, Mr Stanhope, has spun the criticism into a plus for his government by stating the following:
the high number of NSW students who preferred territory schools was a “real vote of confidence” in the ACT system’
Well, maybe, but I’d suggest it has more to do with lack of schooling in Queanbeyan and lack of interest by lemma to do anything about it.
However, the interesting part of this article is this:
“The five MLAs who voted to delay the closures until 2008 indicated they would not repeat the vote in the Legislative Assembly when it sits later this month”
So now we really have no idea where they stand. They vote for at one time, then indicate that they will change their vote later.
More and more I believe Mr. Stanhope is running this place with an iron glove and his lackeys, Corbell and Hargreaves in the main, are quite happy to be dragged or pushed along.
CT article here.