Dividing Australia

Before State Aid was introduced again in the Twentieth Century, the opponents of State Aid declared that "public money to private schools encourages division amongst children based on social, economic, class, and particularisms such as colour, country, ethnicity, and creed. It was clearly stated that the increase in State Aid would divide children along the lines of divisions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Children have been divided by colour and within colour.

The following table illustrates, by studying the number and type of Church schools that were in existence in 1964 and then in 1985 and finally 1999 this ongoing division in our community:

 

NUMBER AND TYPE OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS FUNDED TO DIVIDE AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN

 


TYPE OF PRIVATE SCHOOL


1964


1985


1999

Classified Denominational (1964)      

Baptist


5


34


37


C of E/Anglican


122


102


121


Hebrew/Jewish


10


16


17


Lutheran


28


63


80


Methodist/Uniting


27


39


42


Presbyterian


39


10


13


Roman Catholic


1827


1683


1684


Seventh Day Adventist


44


78


60

Unclassified (1964)      

Other


10


83


63


Undenominational


93

   
New Classifications      

Ananda Marga

   

4


Assembly of God

   

25


Brethren

   

9


Catholic (other)

   

4


Christadelphian

   

2


Christian Schools

 

5


101


Christian Scientist

 

1

1

Churches of Christ

 

1


2


Denominational /Inter

 

8


26


Denominational/ Non

 

100


134


Hare Krishna

 

1


1


Montessori

 

10


27


Moslem

 

3


21


Orthodox Greek

 

5


7


Orthodox Other

   

4


Other Religion

 

66


6


Pentecostal

   

22


Scientology

   

4


Steiner

 

10


40


Quaker

 

1


1

       

TOTAL


2205


2319


2558