The Art of the Australian Insult

23 years of leaks
July 22, 2008, 11:53 pm
Filed under: Government and services | Tags: , ,

“TWENTY-THREE years of roof leaks at Airds High School. What a magnificent achievement by our Department of Education and Training. These leaks have been around so long they almost deserve heritage listing. Airds High gets more leaks than Laurie Oakes. It’s the state’s only school with temporary indoor pools. Students, who were among the first at Airds to be doused, now have children of their own. These ever-present, ever-reliable leaks have existed throughout the reigns of four prime ministers, six premiers and four US presidents. The eternal leaks at Airds High School have seen the rise of the internet – Commodore released its Amiga computer the year the leaks began, in 1985 – and the decline of communism. Lewis Hamilton was born in 1985 – the original Airds leak year. Today, as the first black driver in Formula One, he leads the world championship. Massive changes are made, society is altered, history sweeps by, yet the Airds High leaks remain a constant. Students who graduated in 1985 are now nudging their 40s. If enough of their kids and grandkids attend the same soggy classrooms, by 2050 they’ll be reverse-evolving into a fishlike state. At Airds High, it’s considered bad luck not to open an umbrella indoors. The Department of Education and Training now claims to be working hard on a fix for Airds High’s roof issues. Sceptical teachers, who sometimes wear gumboots to class, will believe the results when they actually see them. So will The Daily Telegraph. The top song and movie of 1985 were Money for Nothing and Back to the Future – considering the department’s efforts to date, they couldn’t be more appropriate.”

The Daily Telegraph reflects on the roof that started leaking in 1985 and has never been fixed.


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