i went to the protest rally against cuts to adult & community education in hamilton today. it was very well attended and people definitely felt strongly about the issue. there were some great speeches, including the ones by hon maryan street and catherine delahunty. but it was really frustrating to hear david bennett stand there and act like there wasn't even a problem.
he basically denied there had been any cuts to the ACE sector, just a "reprioritising". even though two high schools in hamilton have stated that they will not offer any night classes from next year, based on the current funding cuts. i don't know what planet he's living on, but he obviously didn't hear anything said by any of the speakers.
i'm sure there will be further action on this issue. there's a petition out there, which closes on 30 september.