“Public Art”? “Public Disgrace” I suggest. The Bunny sculpture is an …

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“Public Art”? “Public Disgrace” I suggest.
The Bunny sculpture is an entirely fitting testimony to the number of bunny planners, designers and approvers throughout the construction of the Glasshouse that elsewhere I’ve described as more suited to Berlin. Sad that in a town that once called itself a Solar City, that this building was permitted and the plans weren’t destroyed at concept stage. Sad too that in 1927 the Rev. John Flynn had a better understanding of passive and even active cooling features in his design of Adelaide House than the team of architects on this project. The Residency too, completed 1928, demonstrates with its wide eaves and extended roof line the need for shading.
By comparison, the ‘Bunny House’ may just be the biggest warren above ground with a massive air conditioning power load in this ‘Solar City’. What an inappropriate building for our town. The huge glasshouse windows on the north-south axis will ensure it becomes the most power hungry building in town. I hope it will be the first to be taken off-line and not the residential areas when there are power shortages caused in large part by the building itself. The only chance for salvation is that those windows may even (yet?) house thin-film PV arrays that seem to be appearing on the market. Then architect Mark Bell may make a bunny of us all. But even then we will be left with what many believe an inappropriate building for our town. I guess history will decide that point.

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‘Voter apathy greatest threat to Territory democracy’
Seriously, it is government, or more particularly politicians who put at risk the very essence of our democracy.
Politicians listen to their constituents once every electoral cycle, when they need our vote!
After that they pretty much run their own and their party’s agendas. Any wonder there is public apathy and cynicism. Quite why the Commissioner is surprised simply amazes me.
If Australia had the Swiss system where citizen initiated referenda occur up to four times a year then we would have a much higher form of true direct democracy with less influence by lobbyists (often retired politicians) and special interest groups on the political process.
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Time for a good ol’ fashioned tar and feathering. Can I sell tickets?


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Bruce, some people would sell their own mother if there was a buck in it.
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