January 25, 2004


Anybody who doubts the creepy politics of Australia's teachers'
unions should be reminded of this, from Martin Roth:

In February, The Australian newspaper printed a half-page anti-war advertisement from three teachersí unions. In large type it read:

War on Iraq will kill tens of thousands of innocent children and their families. Many more Iraqis will suffer disease, hunger and homelessness.

Really did their homework, didnít they? No retraction was ever published.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 25, 2004 04:14 PM

Hi Tim, thank you for the link.

Posted by: Martin Roth at January 25, 2004 at 05:05 PM

War on Education by teacherís union will kill tens of thousands of innocent Australian children and their families. Many more Australians will suffer disease, hunger and homelessness. It has already begun.

Posted by: perfectsense at January 25, 2004 at 06:09 PM

I know that I'm preaching to the converted, but doesn't John Howard rock?

Posted by: gaz at January 25, 2004 at 06:43 PM

Cool! A segue from

"For those about Iraq"


"For those about to rock".

Posted by: dazed at January 25, 2004 at 07:15 PM

they were pretty close with their guesstimate, though, weren't they? but since you're asking for retractions for overstatements, why aren't you insisting on ones from Mr Children Overboard, Mr WMD, Mr 45 Minutes, etc etc etc?

Posted by: Gianna at January 25, 2004 at 08:41 PM

and gee I'm being nice, aren't I, calling "children overboard" an "overstatement". let me just print a retraction here right now - i didn't mean "overstatement", i meant "lie".

ps yeah gaz, John Howard rocks - he rocks leaky boats.

Posted by: Gianna at January 25, 2004 at 08:43 PM

"Pretty close?" I'd sure hate to be the one that has to balance your checkbook, Gianna.

Posted by: Sortelli at January 25, 2004 at 08:48 PM

The teachers' unions proclaim the benefits of public education whilst sponsoring overtly left-wing political campaigns on all sorts of trendy social and foreign policy issues - and they wonder why ordinary middle class Australians are working second jobs to pay for their children to to to private schools.

Yet as always, the more they lose the hearts and minds of middle Australian families, the more militant they become.

They speak as if they are the friends of public education - yet when the history of this issue is written, it will be the militant left-wing ideologues in the unions who will be remembered for killing-off the great Australian tradition of public education.

Another sad instance of the gap between what the unions SAY they are doing and what they are ACTUALLY doing.

Ordinary Australians are too intelligent to fall for their crap - they are simply voting with their feet.

Come on the "voucher system" for some accountability in public education !


Posted by: GOP_Elephant at January 25, 2004 at 09:06 PM

let's see...we didn't kill tens of thousands of children and their families, there is only the usual amount of disease in such a land where they don't have hospitals as well-equipped as ours, we didn't raze the cities so a majority of those who had homes still have homes, and if the children are hungry i'm sure a few g.i.'s will throw them some candy like they've been doing.

Posted by: samkit at January 25, 2004 at 09:27 PM

Psssh. Warmongering hatemonkeys! Don't you see that eternal containment and weekly bombing plus the continued reign of Saddamn Hussein would have killed LOADS more innocent children and their families? And that's why war is the wrong and inefficient way to kill people! Diplomacy now!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Sortelli at January 25, 2004 at 09:53 PM

Gianna why do people like you keep on going on about children overboard. You just cant accept that the issue will never get any traction.

Did the illegal entrants in the past not throw their children overboard. In the photo in question were they not threatening to throw the child overboard. Is it not the case that boats were deliberatly scuttled, hulls holed and engines sabotaged, the net result of which, children end up overboard.

Anyone who wants to negotiate by holding a gun to our head should never be rewarded with what ever they want.

Posted by: Gilly at January 26, 2004 at 09:13 AM

There'll be no children living in poverty by 1990...

Posted by: taspundit at January 26, 2004 at 01:58 PM