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NSW Premier wastes rat shot against an elephant…

By Thumper 2 August 2006 33

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.

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KaneO 9:34 pm 03 Aug 06

How do you keep the leaves quiet? Mine never shut up.
Canberra has a dragway (cunning disguised as Anzac Parade)

bonfire 4:56 pm 03 Aug 06

seepi: ‘I bought a house in a quiet leafy location, and now they are building a dragway nearby’

you define yourself as a whining nimby.

nyssa76 4:24 pm 03 Aug 06

Furthermore to add from my source, he informed me that during the meeting – in which the UNI/CIT thing was stated, the minister answered yes.

Apparently it was the only thing he said during the entire meeting which wasn’t already “pre-written” and state the usual BS.

seepi 2:18 pm 03 Aug 06

Umm – if it isn’t ‘in my backyard’ then how can I be a nimby – make up your mind.

bonfire 1:45 pm 03 Aug 06

seepi – layoff the meds – youre forehead keeps hitting the enter key.

you are not near a dragway, you are many kilometers away and there is a hilly tree covered range in between.

why resort to baldfaced lies to try and push your nimby line.

seepi 1:39 pm 03 Aug 06

ooops – pressing stop lets you edit, but doesn’t stop it from posting…………..

seepi 1:38 pm 03 Aug 06

I choose to sacrifice having a dragway in order to keep schools open. Ditto the arboretum, and the busway planning. I’ll keep the multicultural festival though.
I bought a house in a quiet leafy location, and now they are building a dragway nearby – and closing the preschool and the college – I feel for the hall residents… and I think the question should be ‘does hall have enough students now, or will there be enough students in the near future’ to remain open.
Uni/Tafe merger is insane. Will there be degrees in hairdressing etc?
And the Tuggers tafe will probaby BE kambah high. Watson high is now the Watson Tafe.

seepi 1:38 pm 03 Aug 06

I choose to sacrifice having a dragway in order to keep schools open. Ditto the arboretum, and the busway planning. I’ll keep the multicultural festival though.
I bought a house in a quiet leafy location, and now they are building a dragway nearby – and closing the preschool and the college – I feel for the hall residents…
Uni/Tafe merger is insane. Will there be degrees in hairdressing etc?
And the Tuggers tafe will probaby BE kambah high. Watson high is now the Watson Tafe.

seepi 1:37 pm 03 Aug 06

I choose to sacrifice having a dragway in order to keep schools open. Ditto the arboretum, and the busway planning. I’ll keep the multicultural festival though.
I bought a house in a quiet leafy location, and now they are building a dragway nearby – great…
Uni/Tafe merger is insane. Will there be degrees in hairdressing etc?
And the Tuggers tafe will probaby BE kambah high. Watson high is now the Watson Tafe.

Thumper 12:40 pm 03 Aug 06

Very true big Al.

But what if those kids had their school closed down?

It’s all perspective.

Does Hall have enough students to warrant remaining open?

That is the only question that really needs answering.

Big Al 12:33 pm 03 Aug 06

For a lot of kids in rural Australia an hour and a half each way is a quick trip. I know a family who live and work in the Snowy Mountains who decided to run with two households when the kids got to high school – Mum and the kids moved to Cooma because the kids were falling behind trying to cope with a 2 1/2 hour trip each way.

It could just be a rare example of what people go through – or it could say something about how easy it is to lose perspective in the luxury of the national capital.

Thumper 12:24 pm 03 Aug 06

It’s a bit like buying a house in quiet rural area and the government then decides to put an international runway next to you.

Samey same for Hall. They bought out there knowing there was a school and paying good money for that sort of lifestyle.

Believe me, the government would have taken it’s pound of flesh when they bought out there.

S4anta 12:19 pm 03 Aug 06

Guruj, any government has a primary responsibility to service all needs of their constituents.

I agree that this system of school closures is a much needed, however unfortunate, tough economic decision. But no matter who you are, an hour a half day drive, just so your children can receive the education that you thinkis best for them is reaching a bit, IMHO.

My comment was not one of economics, but an example of how the shoe fits on the other foot. This post is all about Qbn folk popping into the ACT, my example is the opposite.

Regardless, I am sure that there is an acceptable school bus route for all those concerned, or a niche market for one of the private bus companies to enter some form of agreement with the powers that be at Gunning Primary.

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