AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS - D.O.G.S.
PRESS RELEASE 35#.
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|JUSTICE KIRBY IS NOT THE FIRST HIGH COURT JUDGE TO DEFEND PUBLIC EDUCATION|
|The following letter to the Editor was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald of May 7, 2001. It was ignored by the Age, The Australian and the Canberra Times.|
|Justice Kirby is not the first High Court
judge to defend public education and object to the diversion of public funds away from the
public system. Unfortunately, both politicians and press are unaware of Justice Lionel
Murphy's statements in December 1982, when he visited his old Kensington public school.
He said: "Parents must fight for the preservation of the government school system from whcih funds had been diverted...There is a disturbinhg trend to divert public funds away from the public school system. There is an even more distrubing erroneous trend for people to say if children want to get on in life they need to go to private schools.
Parents need to know they need to fight for the preservation of this system."
Lionel Murphy supported both public education and separation of church and state. His dissent in the DOGS (Defence of Government Schools) case looked back to our founding fathers and stands for posterity. He paid the price later and was hounded to the grave by the private school faction.
It is to be hoped that Justice Kirby does not suffer the same fate.
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