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TREVOR COBBOLD. How has education come to this?

For a country that prides itself on the egalitarian ethos of a ‘fair go’ for all, the latest results from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) are a distressing reminder that many are not getting a fair go … Continue reading

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TREVOR COBBOLD. Disadvantaged Students Denied Adequate Funding by Massive Tax Concessions for the Wealthy

The latest Tax Expenditures Statement shows that Australia can easily afford the Gonski funding plan to bring under-resourced public schools up to the national standard and reduce the large proportion of disadvantaged students not achieving expected benchmarks. It is simply … Continue reading

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CHRIS BONNOR. Institutionalised farce: funding Australia’s schools.

  The nation’s education ministers have just had a day together to sort out school funding. There was considerable posturing but little agreement. And they managed to sidestep real problems and urgent solutions. They do have some awareness of the … Continue reading

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Chris Bonnor. My Gonski is bigger than yours

We should have known it would come to this. For years both Labor and the Coalition have ducked and weaved while the education sector battled to ensure that at least the Gonski funding hope was kept alive. Labor recast Gonski’s … Continue reading

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Trevor Cobbold. Reversing the Flight to Private Schools Depends on Reforming Australia’s Incoherent and Unfair Funding System

New school enrolment data show that the long-term shift of students to private schools has stopped in recent years. But, whether it will be sustained is uncertain given school funding trends that massively favour private schools. Figures released by the … Continue reading

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David Zyngier. Senate committee backs Gonski.

Gonski’s report on school funding has been backed by a senate committee even though the federal government isn’t backing it. AAP With very limited media attention, the Australian public could be excused for not even knowing about the Senate Select … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. An alternative budget strategy – part 3

Part 3. An Alternative Budget Strategy  The previous comment in this series showed that there are alternatives to the Government’s particular strategy for restoring a Budget surplus over the next four years. In particular, it was shown that action to … Continue reading

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