FOR THE DEFENCE OF
GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS - D.O.G.S.
RELEASE 223 #.
RUDD AND SMITH
DUMP ALP 35 YEAR OLD FEDERAL NEEDS POLICY
|No Warning, No
warning, and without any consultation with party
membership, on October 9 and 10, 2007, Rudd and
Smith revealed that they had embraced Mr Howard
inequitable and unjust SES policy. In one fell
swoop, they acted unilaterally and abandoned the
35 year old ALP Needs Policy.
Where are the Fabians now?
The Federal School Funding basis for 35 years
was the Needs'' policy. Gough Whitlam, the then
labor opposition leader, in his policy launch
speech on November 13, 1972, put the Needs
approach to the members and the electorate.
These were the days of the show piece poor
As DOGS have often pointed out, the Needs policy
became the Greeds policy and encouraged bottom
of the school yard schemes.
But now, Rudd and Smith hold the public school
interest in such contempt that they have left
even the rhetoric behind.
Major Promotors of Needs
Policy Not Consulted:
School teacher and parents groups have clearly
expressed their dismay and disgust at the
rejection of the Needs Policy.
Unfortunately for Public Education, the peak
public school organisations put their support
and efforts into the ALP and its Needs policy
for decades. Yet Rudd and Smith did not consult
them about the change.
Public Schools Dismayed:
According to the
Australian 10 October, 2007, parents and
teachers have accused Federal Labor of becoming
a pseudo - Liberal Party.
The Federal AEU
President, Pat Byrne was reported as saying:
We not not support Labor's decision to
maintain a system which is clearly not Needs
based...the change will preserve a flawed system
which sees the share of funding going to public
schools continue to fall.
The Deputy President of the AEU, Angelo
Gavrielatos was similarly reported in The
Australian 9 Oct. 2007
It is índefensible in this nation that we
continue to deliver such large increases to
wealthier schools...to maintain that
indefensible model until 2012 makes a mockery of
everything the ALP has said about introducing a
needs based funding model... it ensures the
private schools will maintain a position of
Needs Policy a Disaster
Education the real beneficiaries
of the Needs policy within
the ranks of the
public schools were certain teachers and
parents who obtained recognition, influence and
career paths in the years1973 to 2007. The
major beneficiary of the Fabian's Needs policy
however, was always the Roman Catholic School
system which exploited the policy to their own
The Needs policy was the crutch which opened the
billions rather than millions of dollars from
the Federal Treasury to church school systems,
effectively impoverishing the public systems
throughout Australia. DOGS predicted that this
For further information see News Release 143 at
www.adogs.info/pr143.htm; News Release 145
www.adogs.info/pr145.htm ; News Release 148
www.adogs.info/pr148.htm; and Statistics at
www.adogs.info/statistics.htm and our
Cartoons at our home page.
Private/Church Schools Overjoyed
at Rudd Smith Turnaround
It is readily apparent that the real
beneficiaries of the Rudd/ Smith Education
Policy are the church school interests.
The Roman Catholic church at the present time
has left Cardinal George Pell to exclaim their
extreme happiness at the dropping of the Needs
'For us it is a benefit and I am
happy to endorse it....
(Australian 10 October,
We had a slab of schools
where there would have been problems... (
Australian 11 October 2007)
The political correspondent for the
Australian on October 9, 2007 commented
that the major shift in ALP Schools policy
ensured that Catholic schools would not lose
What then has happened to the mythical poor
parish schools? DOGS estimate that approximately
60% of the Roman Catholic Sector would lose
funding under a Needs Policy.
Meanwhile, the peak body of the private church
school interest, The Independent Schools Council
of Australia, clearly endorsed the change in
their media release of 10 October 2007 as
Very good news for schools and families
According to the Australian,
9 October 2007, the executive
Director, Bill Daniels said:
It's a huge shift from the past...
The Independent Teachers Union of
Australia also responded in a
News Release. They welcomed the Rudd/Smith
The chief executive office of the Christian
Schools Australia, Stephen Doherty, in their 9
October 2007 news release, also declared:
We welcome this announcement with
which the Federal Labor Party has honoured its
commitment to change the way it views
non-government school funding...the change is
significant. Labor has turned its back on the
politics of division.
declare that the Rudd/Smith changes to the ALP
policy is meant to look after the private church
school education at the expense of public
education. Their actions will lead to an ever
decreasing share of federal recurrent funding to
public systems. This is turn will lead to an
ever increasing division of children on the
basis of creed, culture and ability to pay.
If public school supporters do not fight and
turn their back on the ALP, free access to
educational opportunities for the majority of
Australian children will become a dream of the
How dare the private school apologists moralise
about the 'politics of division and class
warfare' when they have so grievously divided
The Rudd/Smith changes are neither in the
interest of public education or the public good.
SCHOOL SUPPORTERS HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO REJECT
THE LIB/LABS IN THE
COMING FEDERAL ELECTION.
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