The New South Wales government is supposed to be a conservative but their actions speak volumes to the fact they are NOT! Oh, well when you are spending someone else’s money what’s the fuss?
‘The NSW Department of Education has blown $35,000 on ‘culturally safe yarning circles’ funded by taxpayers.
The department’s Parramatta offices had a costly refurb aimed at providing a ‘culturally safe work space’ with guidance from its ‘Aboriginal education team’.
The meeting room features indigenous art on stools, didgeridoos, and $5,000 worth of window glazing with Aboriginal designs.
The Department’s Parramatta offices have undergone the costly refurb, aimed at providing a ‘culturally safe work space,’ with guidance from the Aboriginal Education Team.
The meeting room features indigenous art on stools, didgeridoos and $5000 worth of window glazing with Aboriginal designs
One Nation NSW leader Mark Latham said the cash splash was ‘self-indulgent’ of the department, The Daily Telegraph reports.
‘It is ridiculous and unnecessary to create a culturally safe yarning circle,’ he said.
‘How many people in the Department of Education Parramatta offices would feel unsafe with an indigenous background? You would think it would be the most accommodating of workplace environments.’
Mr Latham said the department should be focusing on education policy amid reports NSW has the fasted falling school results in the world.
However, NSW Education Secretary Mark Scott hit back at claims it was a waste of money, and said ‘conference rooms require furniture’.
‘It’s not unusual for organisations to have themed work spaces,’ he said.
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the total cost of the furniture for the ‘large-scale, multipurpose conference room’ was $29,226.40 plus GST, and the window glazing came to $4641.98 plus GST.
Social media users also slammed the revamp as a waste of taxpayer dollars, saying the new room looked like it was designed for Kath and Kim.’https://www.fresh24news.com/2021/01/28/department-of-education-blows-35000-on-culturally-safe-yarning-circle/