The International Baccalaureate

For heavens sake much angst because of the results of the BT recently.  Before feeling disgruntled by being shortchanged in the public school sector by those dreadful, money-hungry “elite” private schools take your mind back to earlier ABC days when British comedies and often British dramas were seldom shown on commercial TV because of the perceived loss of ratings.
After appearing on ABC and the public liking the genre, what happened?  The commercials adopted them too.
Similarly with the International Baccalaureate (IB) which has been pioneered among non-public schools; there are now calls for it to be “given” to public schools.  Why?  Because it has been shown to be interesting, advantageous to students, etc. But the ground work needed to be done by those awful private schools who took the risk with it and could make their own decisions.
Can you imagine the furore if the IB had been introduced BEFORE  coming out in the non PS sector?  P&Fs and P&Cs would have been ringing, writing, emailing, facebooking their MPs about this dreadful suggestion.
And I’ll throw in for your consideration – for how many years have those “elite”  schools been educating indigenous youth without fanfare?  And how many a year?



I suggest readers get hold of the SMH 3 July advising that 35,000 new homes will be built along the Bankstown line i.e. passing through suburbs from Sydenham to Bankstown and on Canterbury/New Canterbury/Old Canterbury Rds and further but not a mention of new bus services to cope with the thousands of new residents who will need bus lines and the already over-taxed train lines.
Is this the result of the London Expert who suggested 20-tower blocks along all transport routes?
Has this government in its obsession with roads and developments forgotten that these 30,000 dwellings will bring up to 100,000 people to the area? Where are the shops, the bus services, the facilities that will be required by this influx of new people. ..and don’t forget the shambles that is New Canterbury and Canterbury Roads already.
Oh yes! – they DO tell us that the rail line will be closed for about a year early next decade but hopefully by that time this govt will be long a memory..

Martin Place siege

The Martin Place siege and tragic aftermath and criticism are now behind us and we have the Coroner’s Report:
Families have been understandably upset and complained that the police relied too much on various people such as a psychiatrist. Who are they relying on for their knowledge to actually deal with a mad man and a siege situation.  Were they present during the siege?
Give the police a go! One person killed by a richochet and one murdered by the madman – look at massacres in other situations around the world.
The Coroner was remarkably balanced and necessarily unemotional and I applaud his judgement.   The police were not to blame for the situation but he offered various suggestions in case of another such incident –
If a different scenario would his suggestions be appropriate.   Surely every situation is different and needs different answers.

Gladys and buses

Over 700 breakdowns of buses according to Berejiklian and Constance – but my question is WHY/ Why are the faults in the buses not attended to? Is it because – as a bus driver said to me – that Gladys was getting ready to sell off the bus lines (note “lines” not just the current lines under discussion). Will private bus lines be better maintained and if not will those bus lines be subject to condemnation or even returned to the government?  No way!!!   Is it intended to privatise ALL buses?  Will we be told – no!!!!

Complaints, complaints

The complaining about the Coalition’s actions in government has started – as was inevitable. Stop your complaining – did you think you were voting for Santa Claus? Did you think that Tony and Christopher, and Julie etc would really give a “tinker’s curse” (an old expression) about you when they attained the government front benches and The Lodge? You were the last thing on their minds as they celebrated the return of the born-to-rule Party to power.
It will be interesting to see how many people say “I didn’t vote for Tony” in the coming months as drastic measures are brought in.
But remember – For two years they will hit you hard and then in the third year there will be tax cuts and sweeteners.
Like Coalition members, I refer to the Howard era when this was the norm and the sheep out in voter-land will be expected to forget the nasties and think only of their hip pocket – and this is just what Tony and Party can count on.