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The most pointless whinge in history?

By johnboy - 30 April 2009 223

Here at RiotACT we consider ourselves connoisseurs of the fine art of complaining.

But we doff our lids to Steve Doszpot’s latest effort:

    Shadow Minister for Education and Disability, Steve Doszpot, has today condemned the Stanhope-Gallagher Government for failing to acknowledge the rights of 411 students with a disability currently enrolled in the non-government school sector.

    The ACT Education Act 2004 clearly states that education should aim to develop every child’s potential and maximise educational achievements, this would also apply to non-government students also.

    “The ACT Human Rights Act 2004 also applies to all students with a disability, not just the government sector.

    “Why then are one quarter of the population of students with a disability being ignored in the recent Review into special education needs in the ACT?

And there I was thinking the non-government sector was all about choice.

So if you choose to go to the (here’s a hint Steve) “Non-Government” sector it’s somehow the Government’s responsibility to deliver all the other services they deliver in their own schools?

Give me a break.

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The most pointless whinge in history?
Jim Jones 4:24 pm 30 Apr 09

Granny, I know you have a real concern about this issue and are always going to have very strong views on it.

But the government is responsible for funding and managing public schools – not private schools. Of course, private schools should attain a standard of accessibility, but it’s their own responsibility to provide this, not the governments.

Granny 4:19 pm 30 Apr 09

These attitudes are exactly why we have the disability discrimination act in the first place. I’m out of here. You all enjoy yourselves.

Granny 4:18 pm 30 Apr 09

I meant, PB.

Granny 4:17 pm 30 Apr 09

Yes, jakez, thank you. That’s so how it is for us.

Pommy bastard 4:06 pm 30 Apr 09

Lets see now, if the disabled kids parents choose to stay at The Hyatt Hotel, should the government provide disabled facilities there to enable this?

jakez 4:06 pm 30 Apr 09

Granny said :

So should equal opportunity exist only for government buildings? Should lifts and ramps be limited to buildings owned by the government?

Not at all. I think private entities should provide such things if they so choose to. I just don’t think they should be forced to through the iron fist of the state. The velvet welcoming hand of voluntary community action however is more than acceptable.

As for Government buildings, well I suppose I’m an ‘owner’ as it were of Government buildings so….

Oh sorry, I fell off my bed in a fit of laughter/tears. Anyway, so I put my own ‘share’ fully behind making such entities accessible to the disabled.

Granny 4:00 pm 30 Apr 09

So should equal opportunity exist only for government buildings? Should lifts and ramps be limited to buildings owned by the government?

The Act makes it clear that if you’re offering a service to some members of the public then all members of the public should be able to access it.

It should come as little surprise that parents would choose to send a sibling with a disability to the same school as their other brothers and sisters. But surely this shouldn’t be allowed! Surely they shouldn’t have any choice where they send their kids!

It’s not going to cost a taxpayer any more for a mainstream support person in an independent school than it is in a public school. The same goes for ramps, or communication equipment or a wheelchair or whatever.

A lot of the poorest schools in the country are catholic schools.

This has never been an issue in our family, since we have chosen a special school setting for our child.

This does not mean that the choices of others should not be respected. If somebody wants to send their kid to a catholic school or the Islamic school that child should have just as much right to go there as anybody else.

peterh 3:54 pm 30 Apr 09

not surprising when you see the old campaign info like this:

Jim Jones 3:46 pm 30 Apr 09

The Liberals want to throw more public money at private schools; colour me unsurprised.

Emlyn Ward 3:39 pm 30 Apr 09

My daughter has a classmate with a disability in her class at her non-government school. The disabled girl has been assigned two “helpers” who make sure she gets assistance for anything she needs. Class activities are designed so as to not exclude her.

The idea that Stanhope/Gallagher have no care for this little girl because she is in a non-government school is as utterly unsurprising as it is reprehensible.

Having said that, the totally dysfunctional state of public education in the ACT does perhaps suggest that Doszpot might get a lot more than he bargained for if he gets his wish in the form of ACT Government interference in non-government-run schools.

p1 3:30 pm 30 Apr 09

Exactly which services does he want the government to pay for? Construction on wheel chair ramps on private property? Or extra staff at private institutions?

peterh 3:29 pm 30 Apr 09

considering that the recent stimulus package includes non government schools –

Building the Education Revolution (BER) Approximately $230m in the ACT.

Under BER, infrastructure funding is being provided over 3 years with all of Canberra’s public and non-government schools benefiting from the package.

There are three key elements of the BER:

Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21): The focus of this element is the building of major new infrastructure for primary schools, the primary component of K-12 schools and all special schools. Buildings that will be funded include libraries, assembly halls, indoor sporting centres or other multipurpose facilities. Where a school already has a contemporary library or hall, refurbishment of existing facilities or the building of a different type of building will be allowed.

Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools (SLC): This element of the BER will fund the building of up to 500 science laboratories or language learning centres in secondary schools. A competitive process will fund schools that can demonstrate the greatest need and a readiness and capacity to be able to build the facilities within the 2009-10 timeframe.

National School Pride (NSP) Program: This element will provide funding to every Australian school – primary and secondary, government and non-government – to undertake construction of small scale infrastructure and minor refurbishment projects. For details of the projects approved by the Commonwealth in Round 1, visit
here is the link to the stimulus site:

Jivrashia 3:21 pm 30 Apr 09

Correct me if I’m wrong but I could have sworn that private schools are now being funded by our Government. Or is that just a federal government policy and not the state’s?

ant 3:13 pm 30 Apr 09

Sounds like he’s suffering from Relevance Deprivation Syndrome. Who ever heard of a town council having an opposition, anyway? That job is usually done by the ratepayers.

Rebos 2:47 pm 30 Apr 09

Be reasonable johnboy. How will the Schools pay for top shelf legal support for rockspiders if they have to pay for disability services as well!

Sounds like Dezpot is getting desperate for material!

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