AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT
SCHOOLS - D.O.G.S.
PRESS RELEASE 210 #.
DESTRUCTION OF PUBLIC
THE END GAME PLAN
LAUNCHED ON PUBLIC EDUCATION DAY
a body known as the Public Education Alliance produced a document
entitled "Making Federalism Work for Schools: Due Process,
Transparency; Informed Consent" ( A Report by Lyndsay Connors)
supporters of Public Education might expect DOGS to be jumping for joy.
It is the knowledgeable private school operators within their skilful
cadres who are the ones jumping for joy. DOGS have read enough of this
156 page report to realise that the public schools have been dudded once
should have realised this as soon as we looked at the Heading. After
all, public schools are not referred to. Only the generic term "schools"
is used, referring to both public and private together.
Press Release is an initial discussion. DOGS finds alarming the promotion of a Ruddite style shared facilities/integrated system of
education. It spells the total destruction of public education as we
know it. Our public systems can survive State Aid to church schools.
They cannot survive the corruption and inevitable takeover by the
private system through their "integration" into that sector. For make no
mistake. The "integrated" system is a one way street down the dark
alleys of privatisation.
Lyndsay Connors is an ex-member of the School Commission. This Federal
administration for channeling State Aid to church schools was abandoned
after State School representatives woke up in 1984 to the fact that
Public Schools had been taken for a long, long ride. In fact public
were dudded from the very beginning in 1973. Please note that Dr.
Lyndsay Connors never wrote any dissenting report to the key Schools Commission
Dr. Lyndsay Connors has also worked over the years for various
governments. Unfortunately this latest report incorporates and promotes
the disastrous mistakes experienced by the public systems from the 1970s
until the present.
readers are aware of the true public school account of what happened in
the last forty years, they will not be aware of the "End Game" plan
which could be put into action by an incoming Federal Labor party. The
only thing that has ever mattered to the Labor Party is to shut down the
State Aid issue. In order to do this, they are prepared to shut down the
public system by "integrating" it into the private system.
there is no strong public system,
they are privatised by stealth through "integration
VOILA ! there is no State Aid issue any more.
consider it a sick joke for Dr. Lyndsay Connors to
talk about "due process", "transparency'", and "informed consent". DOGS
have never experienced any of these when it comes to Governments or
their apparatchiks dealing with the funding of private church schools.
the lessons of history is that a union of government and religion tends
to destroy government and degrade religion. That has been the Australian
experience over the last 40 years in this country. DOGS have proved this
again and again and again. But very few people are aware of it because
there has been a corruption of the information highways by private
school networks. Just read back into our Press Releases and
look at our experience in the High Court case.
page report is too long and detailed to provide a comprehensive
response in one news release
few fundamental points:
Report fails at its core. It does not have the strengthening or
promotion of the eightfold definition of public education: namely an
education which is public in purpose; outcome; access; ownership;
control; sole funding; accountability and provision.
Lyndsay Connors' entry in the "Australian Women's Biographical Entry
" reads in part: 'Lyndsay Connors was one of the many whose lives
were enriched by the philosophy of Jean Blackburn". So what was Jean
Blackburn saying in 1976?
'needs' approach at present overrides all other considerations. The
end-point contemplated is a redefinition of public schooling in
which a variety of schools having different sponsorship and
philosophies, fully supported by government funds and of comparable
standards, will constitute a free public system, itself diverse.
" This of course is the "integrated" system.
Blackburn revealed the end game as early as 1976. Member of the
"soft left" like Jean Blackburn were never prepared to take on
the churches, particularly the Roman Catholic Church. The ALP's
so-called "needs" policy never worked and was never intended to
work. The Ruddites are only following the "Greeds" policy to the end
game for public education.
obtain some initial understanding of the person behind the report
together with her philosophy and recommendations DOGS suggest
readers consider the following letter from Van Davy, one of the
writers of the Dissenting Report from the Schools Commission to the
Canberra Times, 8 June 1988.
Davy, a Part-time member of the Commonwealth Schools Commission
1983-1988 wrote the following letter to the Editor, Canberra
Times, which appeared on 8 June 1988.
Lindsay Connor's account ( Canberra Times May 3
- "Schools Commission was fated to become a political
albatross") maintains an approving view of the commission's
majority report of 1984 and implies that the minority reports
led to the commission's demise.
No doubt, a credible history
of the Schools Commission will be written following consultation
with, but not by, the central characters themselves. Additional
points worth considering by future historians should include:
1. The majority report's purpose was to lock in
the Government to huge support for a rapidly multiplying system
of poor church schools, socially separatist and ethnic-based
schools, and increasingly wealthy private schools.
2. As a consequence the special-purpose programs
for disadvantaged groups, which attracted support for the
commission from government schools, were exposed as vulnerable
to the onslaught of deficit-cutting money-ministers who
proceeded to cut a swathe through them.
3. The commission's commitment to government
schools was too small, and lacking in purpose, to attract
offsetting political or bureaucratic support.
4. It was the majority report which was
overwhelmingly condemned by most of those associated with the 75
per cent of students in government schools. The commission was
doomed the moment the majority report was made public.
5. The main architects of the majority
report ( Peter Tannock, who now heads the Western Australian
Catholic Education Commission, and Jim McMorrow, now a senior
officer of the National Catholic Education Commission) needed
the support of the central political figure appointed from the
government-school sector in order to make the plan stick enough
to gain government approval. That crucial alliance with Lindsay
Connors was established early in the processes leading to the
6. The claims of the Brown/Davy minority reports
subsequently proved correct as events unfolded to the great
disadvantage of government schools.
7. The "hostility" reported by Ms Connors was not
a trivial clash of personalities involving Tannock and me but
was persistent opposition to the policies and procedures adopted
by those pursuing sectional and sectarian interests at the
expense of a societal unity, democratic principles, and the
public school system.
Finally, I will not pine for the Schools Commission. It had
two major flaws.
First, its role was never connected to the pursuit of
national economic and social objectives. its attention was
directed to the resource needs of schools, not the needs of the
nation and the common good. Thus the issue of state aid
dominated the agenda, rather than being a sub-item consequential
to the resolution of curriculum policies linking national
education objectives to national social and economic policy.
Second, the commission would always need reconstructing as
soon as the forces for social unity and democracy insisted on
the "primary objective to government schools" as strongly as the
forces for social separatism and exclusiveness had insisted on
the "prior right of parents". The Schools Commission set the
scene for this medieval dog-fight, unhappily diverting many of
us away from the focus of our life's work.
Part -time Member of the Commonwealth Schools Commission 1983-1988)
Balmain, NSW. )
New South Wales Teachers Federation and other Public Education Groups
Must not Abandon Their Historic Opposition to Non-State Aid and the
Integrated School System.
reminds readers of the time in the early 1980s when Jennie George, then
head of the New South Wales Teachers Federation worked together with
DOGS, Lyle Schunter from the Queensland Teachers Union and Ross Butler
from the Tasmanian Teachers Federation worked to defeat the "integration"
proposal at the
annual Meeting of the Australian Teachers Federation.
New South Wales Teachers Federation should not endorse any plan from
Lyndsay Connors or anyone else to destroy the "No State Aid", " No
endorse the Lyndsay Connors proposals would be tantamount to set in
train the destruction of public education on behalf of its long term
consider further this "End Game plan in future contributions to this
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