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Opposition takes Stanhope to task on funding cuts

By Thumper - 4 March 2008 11

According to ABC online, the ACT opposition has criticised the Stanhope Government for remaining silent on the Federal Government’s budget cuts to Canberra’s cultural institutions.

Opposition’s arts spokesman Bill Stefaniak says that cuts over the next three years to the National Gallery, the National Library and the National Museum will total $9 million and that Jon Stanhope has failed to stand up for the people of Canberra and the local economy.

A salient point one would think.

IBN news have also covered this issue but in a little more depth.

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Opposition takes Stanhope to task on funding cuts
noodle 10:05 pm 04 Mar 08

Thumper, it is a salient point. Our local Labor reps, whether in the Assembly or at a Federal level have been woeful about standing up for Canberra’s interests. The funding cuts to our national cultural institutions will cut deep into important national assets. I don’t see the point however of bemoaning the fact Kerrie Tucker wasn’t voted in. I don’t believe should would have helped and anyway I saw no evidence that she had any policies that were in anyway sensible or meaningful in a local context.

neanderthalsis 1:41 pm 04 Mar 08

The term “hairy chested government” evokes images of Julia Gillard and Julie Bishop faced off across the chamber in a faux fur bikini waiting for a good ol’ fashion mud wrestle. It ain’t a pretty image…

Skidbladnir 12:58 pm 04 Mar 08

“if Kerrie Tucker had been elected in his place in November, we might have been in a much stronger bargaining position.”

While its all very nice to use “if” statements about positions when describing events (eg: “if JohnHo had only apologised years ago…” “If Hitler and Eichmann had never been conceived…”), they will remain exercises in fiction, and only of interest to historians, authors, and scholars.

Also, a government is neither human or anthropomorphic, its a collective idea. While it may be a direct quote from Deb, calling it hairy-chested isn’t doesn’t really describe anything other than a genetic aspect of physicality, and not one with generally negative aspects attached to it.

Deb should save the colourful or figurative language for when its necessary, as it diminishes the impact of her arguments.

Thumper 12:46 pm 04 Mar 08

I would have thought it was more like bending over in front of them….

Mr Evil 12:37 pm 04 Mar 08

“The ACT Government was always prepared to stand up to John Howard. Let’s see if it will stand up to Kevin Rudd as well.”

It’s a bit hard to stand up to someone when you’re on your knees in front of them!

Funny thing is that 3 years ago most Labor diehards wouldn’t have p1ssed on Rudd if he was on fire.

Roland GRNS 12:21 pm 04 Mar 08

Sure. But the point is still true, I would have thought.

You cant be nonconfo 12:18 pm 04 Mar 08

“While the Greens are on the same side as Liberal Senator Humphries on this issue, if Kerrie Tucker had been elected in his place in November, we might have been in a much stronger bargaining position.”

Have Deb/Roland still not got over the fact that KT lost? :p

Thumper 11:51 am 04 Mar 08

“The ACT Government was always prepared to stand up to John Howard. Let’s see if it will stand up to Kevin Rudd as well.”

Not likely I’m afraid Roland.

Kevin07 is the best thing since sliced Gough.

Roland GRNS 11:39 am 04 Mar 08

Deb’s release from Feb 21 – Nice to see Bill has caught up with us.

Canberra taken for granted

ACT Greens MLA Deb Foskey has described the damaging cuts to the national cultural institutions reported today as evidence of the contempt for Canberra most politicians like to display, and the consequence of being a safe Labor town.

“Canberra is seen as safe for Labor so it is – and always has been – easy prey for governments wanting to look tough” Dr Foskey said today.

“While the Greens are on the same side as Liberal Senator Humphries on this issue, if Kerrie Tucker had been elected in his place in November, we might have been in a much stronger bargaining position.”

“It is disappointing that Labor takes its three ACT seats so much for granted. I suspect things won’t change until they also come under the level of pressure that Senator Humphries did last year.”

“These expenditure cuts are driven by concerns about inflation pressure. A pressure that is the result of years of poor policies from a Howard government which forced up house prices, failed to invest in infrastructure, and sought to buy votes with indiscriminate tax cuts and subsidies.”

“Given the Howard Government was not particularly generous in funding the National Library or Museum in any event, I am concerned at the impact that Rudd’s unnecessary cuts will have.”

“Sadly, the city of Canberra has become the sacrificial lamb to a hairy-chested Government locked into much grander, unaffordable, tax promises.”

“The ACT Government was always prepared to stand up to John Howard. Let’s see if it will stand up to Kevin Rudd as well.”

“I’m happy to give it a push in the Assembly, if that would help” Dr Foskey said.

James-T-Kirk 11:30 am 04 Mar 08

Ummm – I thought that the “National Gallery”, “National Library”, and the “National Museum” were federal institutions, so they should not be extracting any funds from my rates dollar!!!

I voted for “No Self Government” in the referendumbs multiple times, and got it anyway, I fail to see why I should care about local council issues.

James-T-Kirk 11:26 am 04 Mar 08

Well – That’s what the loosing side is supposed to do – Have a whine!!!

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