Is User-Pays Sectarian the Way of the Future for Australia?

Press Release 505

AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS

 

PRESS RELEASE 505#

17 February 2013

 

Will our world class public education system be kicked into the dustbin of history by fearful politicians and religious bureaucrats?


Consider the following recent developments:

  • ·         Even if the Gillard Government survives and gets sufficient finance - they do not have the intestinal fortitude to call the bluff of the sectarian lobby
  • ·         Abbott himself says sectarian education is in the Coalition’s DNA!
  • ·         The Commonwealth Government is the central taxing authority
  • ·         The Treasury cupboard is bare and the surplus a receding dream
  • ·         The mining tax is an embarrassing fizzle
  • ·         The public education system and is being starved out of existence

 

At the same time

 

  • ·         Public education is being privatised, ‘autonomised’ and corporatized out of existence.
  • ·         Only new private schools are being built – duplicating their own facilities – in developing areas.
  • ·         The AEU says that failure to act on Gonski would see state schools receive $693 million less in real terms in 2015-6 than they did in 2011-12 and Commonwealth funding for sectarian schools would increase in real terms by more than $1.3 billion. This takes into account only Commonwealth direct grants, not taxation exemptions and other State subsidies. The Catholic system is demanding money for buying land and building new schools.

BUT

Do Australians really WANT  their children’s educational future to be the plaything of multinational corporations alongside sectarian – Roman Catholic, Evangelical Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh , Callathumpian - religious bureaucrats? Polls suggest otherwise.

The sectarian ‘denominational’ system failed in previous centuries. Why make the same mistake again?

Why engage in national suicide, damning so many of our next generation?

Why fall further behind sensible democratic countries like Finland, Germany, and our Asian neighbours?

THE TIME TO FIGHT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION IS - NOW

The following Media reports indicate public concern for the current state of education in Australia.

FEBRUARY 2013

JANUARY 2013

 

THE DOGS RADIO PROGRAM

3CR

855 ON THE AM DIAL

12.00 NOON SATURDAYS