FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS - D.O.G.S.
PRESS RELEASE 240 #.
21 FEBRUARY 2008
KEVEN RUDD REJECTS PUBLIC EDUCATION YET AGAIN
PRIVATE SCHOOL CHOSEN FOR SON
Since he was elected leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, as well as in the few months since he was elected Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd has rejected and ignored public education again and again.
The latest evidence of this rejection is the Rudd's choice of a private school in Canberra for his son, as opposed to public secondary school in the ACT. The youngest son has been recently enrolled in an Anglican co-educational school called Radford College, Canberra. ( The Age, February 19, 2008)
Kevin Rudd has a very black record since his elevation to his leadership positions in the Federal Labor Party. He has refused to even use the concept of '' public education." He has failed to promote the best interest of education but strongly supports, financially, the private system. He also has promoted schemes which will allow the private sector to infiltrate and largely destroy the public education system, its structure and support as a fighting force.
Kevin Rudd has
In relation to the ideas expressed above, DOGS have produced ten relevant Press Releases .
Press Release 229 ( www.adogs.info/pr229.htm)
The No-Noes in the Victory Speech: The Concept of Public
Kevin Rudd's victory speech confirmed the above. He not only attacked the concept of 'public' but also those connected with its promotion and support. DOGS quote from his 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 needn'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. ( See Press Release 232 at www.adogs.info/pr232.htm )
Rudd's choice of a private Anglican private school for his youngest son merely confirms his preference for the private to the detriment of the public system.
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