Some people thought a Liberal government had been elected late last year. It seems though that in the public sector the more things change, the more they stay the same. Especially in the left-wing cabal that is the Victorian Education Department.
This morningâ€™s effort saw the supposedly Liberal Education minister, Martin Dixon, clearly a man who stands for nothing, lavish praise on the highly controversial environmental extremist David Suzuki.
Suzuki has been slammed for his extreme climate alarmism and repeated errors in his research calculated to make political or anti-development points.
One respected scholar slammed Suzuki, as quoted by Andrew Bolt a while ago:
There are many science mistakes in the book too numerous to list …but here is one that illustrates how far Suzuki has strayed from a rational assessment of main stream science
That doesnâ€™t concern the Education Department but youâ€™d like to think it might worry a Liberal minister for Education.
The intrepid Bolta has a strong stomach and once subjected himself to a lecture by Suzuki of enraptured Victorian public servants. He told the sorry tale. Highlights:
â– Crazed hectoring by Suzuki, lapped up by the public service crowd;
â– Suzuki predicting the end of capitalism which is on a â€œsuicidal pathâ€;
â– His proclamation that â€œconventional economics is a form of brain damageâ€;
â– And that science is â€œbullsh*t to baffleâ€ (students might be use to that to pass a pesky Physics test);
â– Indeed: â€œThe last thing in the world people need is more informationâ€ except as Bolt noted â€œfor the information in Suzuki’s book, which he duly plugged, sold and signedâ€;
â– That itâ€™s â€œdisgustingâ€ we lived in bigger homes than our grandparents; and
â– Advocacy for a return to tribal, be it Indian or Aboriginal ways which would make our morning latte and Vespa moped a thing of the past, we assume.
Liberal insiders say this sort of cock-up is one of many potential dangers arising from not hiring competent political advisers quickly and vetoing many dozens of party members with strong experience on the basis they werenâ€™t sufficiently enamoured of Ted Baillieu and his chief of staff Michael Kapel.
Hereâ€™s the release, chock-full of unthinking, uninformed praise for a guy who is even pretty controversial in left-wing circles let alone in a conservative party sceptical about many of the extremist rhetoric of environmental alarmism. Note that the release makes reference to â€œmore than 300 budding environmentalists from 17 schoolsâ€ as if they were being trained for activism at school.
The minister himself said how he and the department is â€œhonoured to have such a highly acclaimed education to empower our future leadersâ€ (environmentalists!)
Itâ€™s bad. No doubt all this arrangement with Suzuki long preceded Dixonâ€™s appointment, it probably was something a Labor Left education minister would have been happy with but is this really what Liberal party members can expect from the Baillieu government over the next four years?
From: Justine Sywak On Behalf Of CoalitionMedia Victoria
Sent: Friday, 18 February 2011 10:00 AM
Subject: Dixon – David Suzuki inspires students to make a difference (Media release)
Friday 18 February 2011
David Suzuki inspires students to make a difference
More than 300 budding environmentalists from 17 schools across the state today received some expert advice from David Suzuki, one of the worldâ€™s best-known environmental educators, at the Force of Youth Education Day.
Education Minister Martin Dixon joined Dr Suzuki to welcome students and launch the full day event at the Sustainable Living Festival.
â€œThrough his books, radio programs, films and television series David has inspired a generation of people around the globe to take a more active interest in their environment,â€ Mr Dixon said.
â€œDavid is a fantastic role model and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is honoured to have such a highly acclaimed educator here to empower our future leaders.â€
Mr Dixon said students participated in a â€˜Create a Campaignâ€™ workshop where they transformed their ideas into action plans for their schools or homes. They also watched a preview screening of Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie.
â€œOne of the ways we can learn more about sustainable living is by coming to special events like this, and learning from internationally recognised experts or participating in master classes and workshops,â€ Mr Dixon said.
â€œIn our everyday lives, I believe it is important that our schools play a part in educating our young people on how best to look after the environment.
â€œVictorian schools have outstanding teachers and principals who present exciting programs and activities around the issue of environmental sustainability.
â€œMany schools now have water tanks and recycling systems, and use solar power and energy efficient lighting.Â If you look around your local school you will likely see how classrooms and schools are being designed to make less of an environmental impact than ever before.
â€œBy finding ways to live more sustainably, we can ensure that our natural treasures are preserved for generations to come,â€ Mr Dixon said.
The Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne and Beyond, runs until 27 February 2011. For more information visit http://festival.slf.org.au/
Media contact:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Justine Sywak 0448 448 4xx