Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0307 TDT Contents 6 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 7 MARCH 2014
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MEMORIES RESTAURANT Come and check out the
new tables and seats!
Helen McMillan will be participating
in this year’s World’s Greatest Shave.
She is going to take on the clippers
and hope to raise some money for the
Saturday 15th March from 4pm
Come along and support the cancer fundraiser
and witness the shaving, waxing, and auctions!
TO SPONSOR HELEN, VISIT:
Tonight, Friday 7 March
Plant & Equipment Hire
Graders - Trucks - Loaders
Full contingent of Plant and Equipment for:
• Sealing of Roads
• Bulk Earthworks • Dam Building
• Pastoral Land Clearing
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Jim Phillips - 0417 834 574
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SMART politics, good policy and care
factor achieve progressive open and
accountable Government outcomes!
Chief Minister Adam Giles’ 4,500km
charter flight home from Vietnam for a
press conference costing taxpayers $99,000
presents as arrogant politics, bad policy and
care factor zero!
That money could pay for the employment
of two youth workers, assistant teachers or
full-time behaviour support teachers in Ten-
nant Creek for 12 months.
Chief Minister Giles excused the extrava-
gant travel bill, citing significant meetings
with Prime Minister Tony Abbott over a
Federal white paper and contract renewal
for NT Police monitoring Darwin detention
centres as the reason.
With the cost of living skyrocketing, NT
crime rate three times the national average,
Tennant Creek alcohol-related assaults up
58.3 per cent, little investment in the regions
and schools under pressure, Chief Minister
Giles must redefine his priorities.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion
defended his $28.4 million school truancy
program employing 400 school attendance
officers however the plan is counteracted by
the CLP’s teacher cuts and reduced educ-
tion budget that threatens student learning
Children delivered to school exhibiting
behavioural and emotional high support
needs with poor attendance records affect
the learning outcomes of regular attendees as
teachers apply the majority of their time and
energy to crowd control for student safety.
Senator Scullion claims a ‘motivation to get
kids to school,’ albeit in isolation from his
NT Liberal counterparts who have slashed
education budgets and teacher numbers in
direct conflict with the Australian Education
Union NT (AEU NT) and Council of Govern-
ment Schools Organisation.
Chief Minister Giles told ABC Radio he
doesn’t understand why teachers are taking
industrial action but indicated it may be
politically motivated with the bi-election for
the seat of Blain.
The public statement reflects a Chief
Minister in denial, suffering ‘private jet lag’
while the Minister for Public Employment,
John Elferink, condemned the AEU NT’s
Education Minister Peter Chandler cites re-
forming the NT education system to improve
results through modernising the Education
Act for a ‘hands-off’ approach, giving prin-
cipals and schools more autonomy to attract
Does the Liberals’ left hand know what the
right hand is doing?
The reality is a Federal Government deter-
mined to improve enrolment and attendance
without providing additional resources
for students’ special needs and behaviour
management while the CLP Government
cuts education staff numbers and budgets in
conflict with parents, teachers and unions.
The Federal Government is allowing states
and territories to withdraw funding from
public education while the CLP Education
Minister introduces a paper exercise creating,
school communities as new market places
for big business.
The Prime Minister, Chief Minister and
Education Minister should get smart.
Listen to teachers and parents and show
due care as children are our future and their
education is not a political experiment!
Member for Barkly
CLP must redefine priorities
BARKLY ELECTORATE OFFICE:
Phone 8962 2205. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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