FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS - D.O.G.S.
PRESS RELEASE 232 #.
20 DECEMBER 2007
KEVIN RUDD DECLARED WAR ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION:
FOUR HISTORIC AREAS DECLARED
OUT OF BOUNDS
Failure to Expose Undemocratic Utterances
In his victory speech on November 24, 2007, Kevin Rudd laid down draconian rules that no Australian Prime Minister or Prime Minister elect has ever made. The failure of the instants scribblers and political commentators to expose and attack such utterances indicates how corrupted our academic and media opinion writers have become.
Try and find any word of condemnation of Rudd's draconian utterances in the writings of Laurie Oakes, Michelle Grattan, and Paul Kelly etc. and all those who attacked or supported John Howard in 2007. And where are the academics that bemoaned the 'silencing of dissent' in the Howard regime?
The No-Noes in the Victory Speech
Australia's long term challenges demand a new consensus across the country.....I want to put aside the old battles of the past - the old battles between business and unions; the old battles between growth and the environment; the old and tired battles between federal and state; the old battles between public and private.
In one single sentence Rudd has decreed that fundamental differences between capital and labour; industry and environmentalists; not to mention fundamental differences between the public and private good in public and private health, education, transport and other systems - these differences no longer exist. So, for Mr Rudd International corporates and the unions no longer differ; Gunns and the Greens should no longer be in the courts; and private is at one with public education. If anyone questions the Rudd consensus, they nee'dn't apply to get past his minders.
Consider the full implications of such a statement. Not even Howard was this dictatorial, and he was bad enough.
Persons Included and Persons Excluded in the Victory Speech
DOGS quote again:
My door will always be open to men and women of goodwill who want to participate in making our country even greater in the future...I am determined to use the office of Prime Minister to forge that consensus... It is necessary for us to embrace the future as a nation united forged with a common vision... It is time for a new page to be written in our nation's history.
Please Note that strong Public School Supporters will be Persona Non Grata under Rudd's Friendly Consensus Fascism. Only those who admit that there is no difference between public and private are acceptable. Rudd wouldn't listen to those articulating the values and needs of public education before the election. He has announced that after the ALP ''win'', his door remains closed.
Victory Speech Continues the Attack on Public Education
In another extract from Rudd's victory speech, he reveals his ongoing refusal to articulate the concept of 'public education'.
We have put before the people a plan, it's our agenda for work and you know something - everything I have said all through this election campaign and in the year leading up to it our agenda for work:
To start building a world-class education system. To embrace the long-term funding needs of our public hospital system.
Please note that Rudd was willing to use the concept of 'public hospital system' but could not bring himself to talk about the funding needs of the 'public education system.
In News Release 202 dated 27 March 2007 ' Failure of Rudd and Smith to Even Refer to Public Education and public Schools; What does this Tell You?' ( www.adogs.info/pr.202.htm) DOGS warned public school supporters of Rudd's blind spot. In the Rudd and Smith's 35 pages of pre-election key Education Policy Statements DOGS noted that neither of them could bring themselves to even mention the word "public' even though there were 38 references to 'schools' and 43 uses of the word 'education' as nouns.
Public school supporters should note Rudd's victory statement and the appointment of Tom Bentley as adviser to Julia Guillard, the Federal Education Minister, on her role as 'Minister for Social Inclusion'' Rudd's victory speech and Tom Bentley's appointment give supporters of public education grave reasons for concern. According to the Age ( December 17, 2007) Tom Bentley's job description is adapted from Britain's Social Exclusion Taskforce. So there you are, who is excluded and who is included, or don't the differences exist any more? No comparison is permitted between wealthy religious schools which charging $20 ,000 per annum in fees, and the local free, secular and impoverished State School. Rudd decrees that differences don't exist .....?
Tom Bentley has a six month leave of absence from the Victorian Premier's Department and will advise a federal unit set up to bridge the gap between rich and poor .
Tom Bentley is no friend of public education. He does not believe in the DOGS eight fold definition of public education and is in favour of the so-called integrated public/private school system - code words for privatisation. This is evidenced in documents produced by the Education Foundation in Victoria.
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