The Sandy and Andy Show

I’ll be appearing on Australia Talks Back on the evening of Anzac Day, from 6-7pm on Radio National, spruiking my rather controversial proposal to pay Indigenous teens a daily stipend in order to boost the school completion rate.

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24 Responses to The Sandy and Andy Show

  1. Sinclair Davidson says:

    Why is this controversial? The experiement with building pools and only allowing kids who have been to school that to swim seems to have worked.

    Australia talks back is a good show – although some people may call in and give you serve simply because you’re an economist.

  2. although some people may call in and give you serve simply because you’re an economist.

    Surely not.

    😉

  3. Andrew Leigh says:

    In the end, I wasn’t accused of being an economist, though I was accused of being childless (“only someone without kids would propose giving them cash!”). Didn’t have a good comeback on that one….

  4. Sinclair Davidson says:

    ‘Didn’t have a good comeback on that one….’

    Practice, practice, practice.

  5. Sacha says:

    Ahh – people with kids think that they have special knowledge that people without kids couldn’t possibly know, eg “what would you know about (something to do with kids or how difficult they/living/paying the mortgage can be) ?”.

  6. Patrick says:

    The special knoweldge you cite, well bollocks – but a special insight into human love, yes.

  7. Sacha says:

    Patrick, I have to demur – having a child may well gain you insight into human love, but it’s not an essential requirement.

  8. Russell Hamilton says:

    More and more perplexing. Though a devoted RN listener I can’t bear that show’s relentlessly PC attitude – I assumed AL was invited just to provide some right-wing balance – yet Sinclair thinks it’s a good show.

    Sinclair you say that the swimming pools thing isn’t controversial – but presumably that’s open to all kids who attend school. I don’t think Andrew has really answered, say a single mum living on benefits who sends her kids to school, and they sit next to other kids who are being paid to go to school.

  9. Sacha says:

    Why not have the scheme for all the kids at that school? Identify a school at which truancy is a problem and think about having the scheme for all kids at the school.

  10. Russell Hamilton says:

    Sacha – the callers had some good points: that these kids start off well behind others so from the beginning school is unpleasant, that malnourished kids don’t learn so well, that the administration of such a scheme would suck up resources, that unless the family has a committment to schooling it won’t work etc

  11. Sacha says:

    okey-dokey: I didn’t listen to the program.

    quick thought: maybe the milk at school scheme of old/similar ones could be considered.

  12. Sinclair Davidson says:

    ‘Sinclair you say that the swimming pools thing isn’t controversial – but presumably that’s open to all kids who attend school.’

    Yes. My understanding is that kids who did not attend that morning cannot use the pool that afternoon.

    On the other point, the whole of the ABC is relentlessy PC, but I still think the idea of Australia Calls Back is pretty good.

  13. Sacha says:

    Mark Bahnisch told me once that the milk at school scheme was stopped in Qld by Kevin Lingard (still the member for Beaudesert in the Qld parliament) when he was a Minister back in the 80s. The story was that Kevin thought it was a bit socialistic/communistic. I don’t know if it’s true.

  14. Russell Hamilton says:

    Sacha,

    Thanks for the nauseating memory of school milk. Crates of the stuff were delivered and stacked up in the playground – to warm up nicely by playlunch time. Full fat, unhomognised … every couple of weeks some kid would throw up after drinking the stuff. Being a sensitive child I persuaded my parents to provide flavoured drinking straws – straws which had a bit of chocolate stuck in them so the milk sucked through tasted chocolate (hence my addiction to chocolate today I suppose).

  15. Russell Hamilton says:

    Sinclair – you have that program called Counterpoint (sorry that it’s rubbish – except for the music). Anyway, didn’t I hear you yourself on RN this week … ?

  16. Sacha says:

    I don’t remember if I ever had the opportunity to sample the school milk experience. I vaguely remember it in my early years, but that might be my brain making things up!

    Now I have chocolate/strawberry soy milk on the muslie.

  17. Russell Hamilton says:

    “but that might be my brain making things up!

    Now I have chocolate/strawberry soy milk on the muslie”

    Could be a connection there Sacha ! soy milk which is all UHT is the work of Satan. I buy proper milk, from local cows, in glass bottles.

  18. Sacha says:

    Unflavoured soy milk is one of the most disgusting tasting substances around. That’s why I have flavoured soy milk. Who says that only kids can have chocolate milk on their breakfast cereal?

  19. Sinclair Davidson says:

    Yes, you did. I was on Counterpoint (talking about the brutal tax burden that high-income earners bear). But, sorry to say, the notion of having a specific show to counter the relentless PC is itself overly PC.

  20. Sinclair Davidson says:

    ‘Unflavoured soy milk is one of the most disgusting tasting substances around.’

    Depends on your tastes. My number two son has a strong milk allergy – so he drinks soy. I once accidently gave him cows milk to drink and he pulled a face saying ‘that’s disgusting’.

  21. Sacha says:

    As time goes on, I’m finding cows milk harder and harder to take – it’s certainly very sweet.

  22. Sacha says:

    I had a machine-made cappuccino in the qantas club on saturday morning and I’m sure that the milk in it made me feel unwell.

    Russel, do you have an aversion to milk from nonlocal cows in cardboard containers?

  23. Russell Hamilton says:

    Sacha – non-local is one issue (I think we’ve been through that!). Glass is maybe an aesthetic thing: the milk tastes better because it looks better (to me). Then there’s the satisfaction of getting back at the people who changed the name of the Sheffield Shield to the Pura Cup.

  24. Sacha says:

    Before I knew I couldn’t have cows milk (it’s a little allergy) I used to love it – a work colleague of mums would daily milk his cow in the southern blocks of brisbane and deliver a two-litre container of beautiful creamy milk – mmmmm – the cream would vary from not very much to two inches at the top.

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