New stockade for Ballarat - built to keep Save TAFE protestors in
There’s a new stockade for Ballarat but this time’s it’s one that been erected by the forces of law and order. This afternoon a stockade of large water-filled bollards was erected on the lawns of the University of Ballarat to keep tomorrow Save TAFE protestors away from Premier Ted Baillieu and the community cabinet meeting in Ballarat (and Bendigo) tomorrow.
“There’s a certain irony in the stockade going up the same day as the State Government opened the new Museum for Australian Democracy at Eureka,” said Colin Long, the Victorian Division Secretary of the National Tertiary Education.
“The security over-kill shows just how worried the Baillieu Government is about the level of community concern about the $290 million TAFE cuts and just how afraid it is of real democratic expression. Yes, the spirit of Eureka does live but in unexpected ways!”
TAFE supporters to give “warm welcome” to Premier Baillieu and the Community Cabinet
1pm Thursday 6 September
Ballarat: Mt Helen Campus, Chancellor Drive
Bendigo: MacGillvary Hall McCrae Street
Media comment: Colin Long, Victorian Division Secretary, NTEU, 0403 920 361
(Pic taken late this afternoon by NTEU member at the University of Ballarat)