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So very, very many reading ambassadors

By johnboy - 22 December 2011 28

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced that you’re all ACT Ambassadors for the National Year of Reading .

OK, not really. But given the number of people named, the questionable literacy of some named, the dubious local nature of at least one of the entries, well personally I’m offended no-one asked if I wanted a go and so should the rest of you be.

Here’s the list:

ACT Ambassadors for the National Year of Reading 2012

— Katy Gallagher – ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services (Primary Ambassador)
— Simon Corbell, MLA – Attorney General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development
— Kate Lundy – Federal Senator for the ACT
— Jackie French – Author
— Marion Halligan – Author
— Jack Heath – Author
— Tania McCartney – Author
— Omar Musa – Spoken Word Artist
— Jess Bibby – Captain, Canberra Capitals
— Canberra Roller Derby League
— Phil Davis – Greater Western Sydney Giants
— Grace Gill – Canberra United
— Matt Toomua – ACT Brumbies
— Mark Carmody – Weather presenter, ABC News
— Louise Maher – Drive Presenter, 666 ABC
— Rob Paxevanos – Host, Fishing Australia
— Scotty and Nige, FM 104.7 Breakfast Presenters
— Jack Waterford – Editor at Large, The Canberra Times
— Mark Sullivan – Managing Director, ACTEW AGL
— Rod Little, Chairperson of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB)

The Chief Minister had this to say about the list:

“I am also thrilled to announce the support of some very special Ambassadors for the ACT during the National Year of Reading, including a number of local authors, well-known media personalities, sports men and women and politicians. There is also representation from the local business sector in Canberra.

“Watch out for our wonderful Ambassadors in 2012 as they help to spread the message that reading is both important and fun,” the Chief Minister concluded.

Question for bonus points. Who is representing the business sector on that list?

What’s Your opinion?


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28 Responses to
So very, very many reading ambassadors
Thumper 1:30 pm 23 Dec 11

Spectra said :

Thumper said :

Half the population is functionally illiterate?

Does anyone else find that stat somewhat puzzling?

Not after reading a few pages of YouTube comments.

Point noted.

GardeningGirl 1:25 pm 23 Dec 11

Spectra said :

Thumper said :

Half the population is functionally illiterate?

Does anyone else find that stat somewhat puzzling?

Not after reading a few pages of YouTube comments.

+1
Btw if it wasn’t for RiotACT I wouldn’t have even known about the National Year of Reading.

poetix 12:40 pm 23 Dec 11

fnaah said :

“Given that 46% of the adult population are functionally illiterate”

That may be the most alarming statistic I’ve seen this year.

At this time of the year it has been known to rise to 100% rendered illiterate by functions.

Spectra 12:20 pm 23 Dec 11

Thumper said :

Half the population is functionally illiterate?

Does anyone else find that stat somewhat puzzling?

Not after reading a few pages of YouTube comments.

Thumper 11:46 am 23 Dec 11

fnaah said :

“Given that 46% of the adult population are functionally illiterate”

That may be the most alarming statistic I’ve seen this year.

Half the population is functionally illiterate?

Does anyone else find that stat somewhat puzzling?

fnaah 11:33 am 23 Dec 11

“Given that 46% of the adult population are functionally illiterate”

That may be the most alarming statistic I’ve seen this year.

neanderthalsis 10:11 am 23 Dec 11

BimboGeek said :

Who doesn’t read? What next, the national year of feeding the pets and children? Oh yes, most admirable! Many famous people will be ambassadors for providing food to our beloved dependents and the local businessmen will pretend to be local famous ambassadors.

Given that 46% of the adult population are functionally illiterate, I’d say that there are quite a few folks out there that read little more than the weekly junkmail. Anything that encourages more kids to read, develop comprehension and vocabulary and expand their mind is a Good Thing. Even twatlight counts as reading material I guess.

switch 9:49 am 23 Dec 11

BimboGeek said :

Who doesn’t read? What next, the national year of feeding the pets and children?

Young Australian (25-26 year range) of the Year, Young Australian (26-27 year range) of the Year, Young Australian (27-28 year range) of the Year…

BimboGeek 1:07 am 23 Dec 11

Who doesn’t read? What next, the national year of feeding the pets and children? Oh yes, most admirable! Many famous people will be ambassadors for providing food to our beloved dependents and the local businessmen will pretend to be local famous ambassadors.

lore 2:19 pm 22 Dec 11

EvanJames said :

It would be nice to see Crispin Hull on that list.

Anyway, after the big announcement, everyone will forget about it and it will fade away.

+1 to Crispin Hull

matt31221 2:15 pm 22 Dec 11

I don’t know who wrote the list but Mark Sullivan is the not the Managing director or ActewAGL. Michael Costello is the CEO of ActewAGL. Mark Sullivan is the Managing director of Actew Corp, a separate entity.

Erg0 2:05 pm 22 Dec 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Wait…Scotty and Nige can read?

Does reading promos count?

colourful sydney rac 1:42 pm 22 Dec 11

Wait…Scotty and Nige can read?

shadow boxer 1:27 pm 22 Dec 11

Looks a lot like Stanhopes Christmas card list……

EvanJames 1:20 pm 22 Dec 11

It would be nice to see Crispin Hull on that list.

Anyway, after the big announcement, everyone will forget about it and it will fade away.

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