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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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Mumbucks 9:44 pm 27 Dec 11

johnboy said :

They can’t read? Or they choose not to read books?

As for the Library fanciers, how much are you willing to pay for the warm fuzzy of knowing there’s a Library somewhere abouts?

How many other services are you willing to see underfunded to retain this service?

So what other service needs the Library funds?

poetix 2:25 pm 27 Dec 11

johnboy said :

They can’t read? Or they choose not to read books?

As for the Library fanciers, how much are you willing to pay for the warm fuzzy of knowing there’s a Library somewhere abouts?

How many other services are you willing to see underfunded to retain this service?

Whenever I go to the Dickson library it is packed, and many of the users are young adults. So I don’t think it’s really just a warm fuzzy feeling that speaks in favour of libraries. Many people still like books, and prefer them to the alternatives. Speaking of libraries as outmoded reminds me of predictions of the paperless office, something that I am yet to see.

I think they are still a relevant facility, and should be funded generously.

toriness 11:47 am 27 Dec 11

johnboy said :

They can’t read? Or they choose not to read books?

As for the Library fanciers, how much are you willing to pay for the warm fuzzy of knowing there’s a Library somewhere abouts?

How many other services are you willing to see underfunded to retain this service?

+ 1

would like to see cost-benefit analysis of ACT libraries ie $ per book lent out. i’m not saying there isn’t a place for providing literature to those unable to afford to buy books, but not convinced that the old school bricks n mortar library is the more effective and efficient way to go any more.

Here_and_Now 11:41 am 27 Dec 11

johnboy said :

As for the Library fanciers, how much are you willing to pay for the warm fuzzy of knowing there’s a Library somewhere abouts?

I don’t think it’s a ‘warm fuzzy feeling’ so much as having a resource there and using it.

Here_and_Now 11:22 am 27 Dec 11

BimboGeek said :

Who doesn’t read?

I know too many people who can read and don’t. They just don’t regard books as a useful way to get information or enjoyment. It’s kind of sad.

    johnboy 11:26 am 27 Dec 11

    They can’t read? Or they choose not to read books?

    As for the Library fanciers, how much are you willing to pay for the warm fuzzy of knowing there’s a Library somewhere abouts?

    How many other services are you willing to see underfunded to retain this service?

vg 10:29 pm 23 Dec 11

Nah, it’s abject bullshit

toriness 9:19 pm 23 Dec 11

i was just reading out this list to the better half and she wondered aloud how the CRDL were going to manage reading while they belted around in a circle knocking each other over. LOL.

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