STATE AID TO RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS AN EXPENSIVE FAILURE: WE PAY FOR THEM - MAKE THEM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Press Release 792

                                           AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT

SCHOOLS

PRESS RELEASE 792

STATE AID TO RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS AN

EXPENSIVE FAILURE: WE PAY FOR THEM

MAKE THEM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In 1964 Menzies told taxpayers we could not let Russia and Sputnik beat us so we had to provide libraries and science blocks to religious schools, which, in those days, were not publicly funded.

In 1969 The Coalition started per capita grants to private schools.

In 1972, to get the ‘Catholic’ vote Whitlam spruiked a Needs policy, poured money into church bureaucracies ( not disadvantaged schools) and some dollars trickled down into disadvantaged public schools. The DOGS could only communicate the State Aid manipulations through paid Advertisements.

By 1978, the Needs policy was a joke. Wealthy Catholic and Protestant schools always had to be paid off before the poor received a dollar.

Peter Tannock from the Schools Commission received Papal honours and George Pell later received a Vatican posting. Well done thou Good and Faithful gatherers in of taxpayer dollars.

Many Needs policies, Gonski Reports and Socioeconomic bean counters later, the number crunchers not only tell all, but are actually getting some media coverage.

The Save Our Schools think tank has been producing numerous research papers, the latest of which, is entitled‘The Vast Majority of Disadvantaged Schools are Public Schools

But the news of the weeks came from Jordan Baker in the Fairfax Media, quoting from the research done by Grattan Institute school program director Peter Goss with the front page headline on Wednesday May 15, 2019. :

Private school funding growth outstrips public schools' despite Gonski

 

It is now official, many private religious schools in Australia receive more from the public Treasuries of Australia per capita, than public schools.....

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