AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
PRESS RELEASE 380
6 MAY 2010
CATHOLIC EDUCATION SECTOR NEVER SATISFIED:
The Catholic Education sector are programmed to be never satisfied. Jewel Topsfield, the Education Editor of The Age, May 5 p. 6 reports that
Catholic schools are
angry they received no new funding in the budget, despite educating almost a
So, they attempt to play the usual State Aid auction, Stephen Elder, the director of Catholic Education claimed that the budget had failed to increase state government funding for Catholic schools to 25 % of the cost of education in a government school- as promised by the opposition.
news for Mr. Elder. The growth in the sectarian education sector is passing to
the more aggressive evangelical and fringe religious groups and there is a
slow, angry reaction amongst those who believed that
The simplistic misuse of financial statistics by advocates of sectarian schooling no longer holds water. Even Ms Gillard admits that the funding situation is Byzantine in its complexity. She notes the criticism that any percentage of the cost of education in a government school as a base for State Aid funding means that every win for public education at budget time flows to non-government schools and public education can never make up ground. (Speech to Sydney Institute April 15, 2010) Anyone perusing the increasingly rubbery Victorian budget figures can deduce that the government deals with the uneconomic and expensive areas of education and incremental costs are never accounted for when the Catholic sector gets its hands into the public treasury.
Much ground has been lost to public education in the last 40 years as public funds have been siphoned off to new ‘needy’ sectarian schools which duplicate public provision. The SES funding model introduced by the Howard government is generally admitted by educational economists, to have had a particularly deleterious effect on public education. Even Gillard admits that many critics have attacked the Rudd government’s policy decision to continue the current funding arrangements and criticized its distributional effects.
The advertisement of funding being finally channeled into run down public education facilities at both the State and federal level indicates an awareness in the Labor Party that their taken-for-granted public school vote is looking elsewhere for political representation.
The following cartoon was commissioned by the DOGS when the public coffers were being opened to the sectarian school sector by McMahon and Whitlam in the 1972 election. It has proved prophetic.
DEFEND PUBLIC EDUCATION AND STOP STATE AID TO PRIVATE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS.
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