If you want a lesson in how to have your intentionally ambiguous language not questioned by journalists (probably because repeated questioning just results in politicians delivery the party line over and over until the journo gets the shits and gives up), check this out: Firth aims to clear air with $15m for heaters:
THE state government says the decision to remove unflued gas heaters from about 100 schools in the state’s coldest areas is not an admission the heaters cause respiratory problems in children.
The Education Minister, Verity Firth, yesterday announced funding of $15 million to replace the heaters in schools where it is too cold to open doors and windows to clear the pollutants they emit.
Um, so the heaters aren’t dangerous but you need to have the windows and doors open to let the pollutants out? And not only do open doors and windows defeat the purpose of having the heater on, but it’s an enormous waste of energy. (And taxpayers are footing the bill, blah blah.)
She denied the decision to retrofit schools was prompted by the results of the $2 million study into the heaters the government commissioned from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research.
She said sustained pressure from Labor MPs in the Blue Mountains, Snowy Mountains and Bathurst, and a six-year campaign by parents and the Asthma Foundation had convinced her it was prudent to act.
So the Government is spending $15 million because a few MPs and parents were unhappy. Yeah, right.
“This decision today is more about those specific cold-climate schools where the local community believe and the stakeholders believe that under the current evidence they’re not necessarily getting the ventilation they need,” Ms Firth said.
Is it a ventilation problem, or a heater problem? I’m confused.
Ms Firth, I award to you the Verity Firth Award for Excellence in the field of Obfuscation.