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Zed’s truancy bill, a bazooka to kill roaches

By johnboy 28 October 2010 29

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has announced he’s introduced legislation “to allow businesses who choose not to serve students during schools hours to do so without fear of unintended legal consequences”.

In particular he’s proposing exemptions to the Discrimination Act, which he rightly points out is riddled with exemptions already.

This all stems from the whoo haa down in Lanyon over the local Kingsleys hiding behind the Discrimination Act to keep serving wagging kids.

But if we want to solve truancy mob justice against youth friendly business seems a poor way to go about it. Unless vending machines start checking IDs kids out of school will still be able to buy fizzy drinks.

Automated emailing of parents when kids miss classes would be a good start, and failing kids with unsatisfactory attendance records (perhaps followed by automatic transfer to a more rigorous facility) would certainly give them more incentive to turn up.

Anyone else got any thoughts?

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emd 7:28 pm 31 Oct 10

bitzermaloney said :

Options:

1. Bring back the cain.

I second your motion of caning people who cannot spell.

While I don’t run the kind of shop frequented by teenagers wagging school, I often see kids that look school age during school hours. There’s quite a few kids in Canberra who are home schooled so don’t keep to the same time table as kids attending mainstream public schools. Or teenagers completing their Year 12 certificate via CIT with flexible hours. Or girls in the teen mums program at Canberra College with flexible hours to allow for their parenting responsibilities. Or kids who are actually finished school but look younger than they really are. Not to mention all the other legit reasons a kid might have the odd hour or even a full day off school – appointments, pupil free days, free periods etc. Zed’s policy might be effective in a small community where everyone knows who is supposed to be at school and who’s not, but Canberra is too big and varied a community to expect everyone to do things the same way.

homeone 6:03 pm 29 Oct 10

babyface said :

the concept of incentive is randian nonsense.

Are you alluding to ‘septic’ politics ??

s-s-a 12:27 am 29 Oct 10

All babies should be handed over to the government who will then map out and control their lives until they have finished high school

Yup, just call up the gubmint after sproglet pops out and they will collect from hospital so you don’t even have to rent a baby capsule for the car. Your offspring will return home in a cab after their 18th just in time to slur “hi Mum and Dad” before spewing all over your carpet.

Thumper 9:50 pm 28 Oct 10

something unpleasant, daggy uniforms, a cross between a prison and a boot camp. High walls, someone collecting them in the morning to go. make the normal school seem very pleasant when they can go back.

Many, many years ago, when I was a wee tacker, these sort of schools existed….

grumpyrhonda 9:18 pm 28 Oct 10

far_northact said :

But this is a school where beating up a teacher with a golf club and destroying school property only gains you a short-term suspension.
(thats not to say I don’t agree that parents should be involved in truancy/other behaviour – but if you saw some of these “parents” you would know it’s a waste of time).

Gee, I wonder what school that is….Gold cough cough Creek. My daughter went there and the only way to get through that school is constant contact with the teachers when needed.

MWF 8:59 pm 28 Oct 10

“perhaps followed by automatic transfer to a more rigorous facility”

LMFAO.

Which “more rigorous facility” do you have in mind?

    johnboy 9:20 pm 28 Oct 10

    something unpleasant, daggy uniforms, a cross between a prison and a boot camp. High walls, someone collecting them in the morning to go. make the normal school seem very pleasant when they can go back.

    Just a thought.

moneypenny2612 8:12 pm 28 Oct 10

Huh.

Why would any self-respecting shop keeper refuse a sale? (Unless it is selling cigarettes and alcohol to a minor)

A child’s money is as good as her parents. What kind of business are Zed’s constituents in?

Thumper 7:16 pm 28 Oct 10

well, there’s no doubt now. All babies should be handed over to the government who will then map out and control their lives until they have finished high school.

You know it makes sense.

when I was in year 11/12, I was allowed to wander the streets during school hours.

When I was in year 12 we’d be sucking schooners at the Dickson pub or the old Dara club (sometimes in school uniform) 🙂

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