AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
PRESS RELEASE 382
FUNDING REVIEW PANEL LOADED AGAINST PUBLIC EDUCATION
12 MAY 2010
On 1 May Julia Gillard finally announced a Review of Educational Funding
The personnel and terms of reference of the Review are loaded against public education.
David Gonski AO, has been chosen to chair the review. There is no
evidence that he knows anything about school education other than in his role
as a trustee of one of the most exclusive schools in
Gonski is also President and Chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He is on the board of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), and finally, he is on the Board of Trustees of Sydney Grammar School.
Investec (JSE: INL, LSE: INVP) is an international specialist banking group.It provides a range of financial products and services to a select client base in three principal markets: the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia.
Investec is listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Carmen Mary Lawrence is a product
of the Roman Catholic system of
She first entered the Western Australian Legislative Assembly in 1986 winning the Subiaco seat for Labor and then, after a redistribution, she was returned for Glendalough in 1989 and 1993. In February 1988 she was appointed Minister for Education and a year later received the additional portfolio of Aboriginal Affairs.
When Premier Dowding was deposed in February 1990 Dr Lawrence became Australia's first woman premier and also held additional portfolios including Treasurer, Minister for Public Sector Management, Women's Interests, Family, Aboriginal Affairs and Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs.
Her government was defeated at the election in February 1993 and she then served as Leader of the Opposition for one year before resigning and, in March 1994, winning the Fremantle federal seat left vacant with the resignation of John Dawkins.
Immediately on entering the House of Representatives she was chosen to serve in the Keating Ministry and held the portfolios of Human Services and Health as well as Assisting the Prime Minister for Women's Interests until the government fell in March 1996.Since that time she has continued to represent Fremantle and served on the Labor front bench from 1996 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2002. The following quote encapsulates her view on compromise:
'In politics, compromises are inevitable and working within a political party does mean that majority decisions may not always reflect one's views. Much of the time, like others, I can live with the outcome. But , increasingly, on issues of human rights and war, I have become less willing to accept a majoritarian outcome which is seriously at odds with my own deeply held values.'
Dr Lawrence retired from politics in 2007. She is
currently a Professorial Fellow in the
There is nothing in this history to indicate an interest in or support for public education.
Kathryn Griener is the wife of
former Liberal Premier of NSW Nick Griener. Like Tony Abbott, Griener was
educated at St. Ignatius Riverview,
Kathryn is noted for her professional career as a business woman and director and has courageously spoken out about the role of spiritual values and morality in public and private life.
There is nothing in her history to indicate an interest in or support for public education. Quite the reverse.
Peter Tannock is a long time advocate for Catholic Education. He has been the Bishop’s man in key positions at crucial times in the history of State Aid. A perusal of a website of journalist Peter Coyne at http://viastuas.net.au/news/Tannock070804a.html illustrates his strong commitment to this system. The following summary introduces an interview with him entitled An Insight into the Enigmatic Dr. Tannock:
Tannock is the Vice Chancellor of the
The interview is of particular interest as evidence of the role of Peter Tannock in the mushrooming of State Aid to religious schools in the last fifty years.
Brian Coyne : Peter, when did you first become involved in
Peter Tannock: I've been involved in Catholic Education virtually all my life. I was educated by the Christian Brothers and went on to become a student at
That was at a time when the Church was in desperate trouble with its school system. The school system was teetering on the brink. The religious orders, in terms of both numbers and leaders, were in sharp decline. There was virtually no economic and no training base to replace them. So it was a really interesting point, a "tipping point", for the Church and its involvement in education in
BC: That wasn't public knowledge at the time was it?
PT: There was some public knowledge about it. For example in
I was asked by the Church in
To his great credit, Fraser said he wasn't just prepared to look at the needs of government schools alone. He wanted a parallel survey of needs in the non-government sector. Father James Nestor was Director of Catholic Education here at the time. He contacted me and said "what about you doing that for us" and I did.
BC: How old were you then?
PT: I would have been 28 or 29…
BC: So this has been a life-time's work then?
PT: Yes. But what I've been saying is that I was involved in looking at the policy side of things even before my first formal involvement with Catholic Education. I had done my Masters at the
BC: Was what happened here some sort of model for what happened elsewhere in
PT: Yes. It was. Underpinning it was the policy decision that was made here, in contrast to the thinking that was going on in some quarters in
BC: Looking back on those 35 years since the new Catholic Education system was formed in 1971, how do you see the outcome now? Some of the conservative elements in the community for example feel that it has been a disaster because people are not continuing to practice in adulthood. What's your position?
PT: It's still evolving of course. I think that the Catholic Education system in
What I'm saying is that if you have a look at the world - this increasingly secular society - Catholic Education is a phenomenon. It is amazing. There are all sorts of oddities -for example gradients of the demand for places in Catholic schools and Mass attendance figures are going in opposite directions at the moment. Where would the Church be, though, as an entity - where would its mission be - without Catholic Education?
This interview was also published in OnLine Catholics under the pen name Tom Scott.
DOGS note that the statement in bold letters emphasised above is an admission of failure of the ‘mission’ of the Catholic Church, a mission which the hierarchy of that church denied for 26 days in a Trial of Facts in the High Court of Australia.
There is nothing in the above interview which indicates that Peter Tannock is a supporter of public education. Quite the reverse.
Ken Boston is the only member on the
Board with a history including involvement in the public education systems of
commenced his educational career in
FUNDING REVIEW LOADED AGAINST PUBLIC EDUCATION
A perusal of the above backgrounds of the members of the Review indicates that once again, public education is being duded. Almost three quarters of the children in Australian public schools have only one known advocate out of four in the Review.
Do Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard think public supporters are naïve enough to take the findings of such a review seriously when the dice is loaded against them from the beginning?
DEFEND PUBLIC EDUCATION AND STOP STATE AID TO PRIVATE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS.
Listen to the DOGS program
3CR, 855 on the A.M. dial
12 Noon Saturdays