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Posted: January 11, 2014 in Politics, Uncategorized

The Gonski education proposals released today potentially place all non-government schools on a private school hit-list, said Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for Education.

“This is bad news for parents already struggling with higher cost of living pressure,” Mr Pyne said.

“The Government wants to pretend that their ideological opposition to non-government education is over, but they are proposing that essentially parents should be means tested to determine funding for their child’s education,” Mr Pyne said.

“If the model is adopted it could result in cuts to non-government school funding in real terms. That is money that will have to come out of parent’s pockets,” he said.

“The only reason why the Government won’t categorically state that non-government schools will receive the same funding in real terms is because they know that there will be cuts under their new model.

“This is a genuine worry for parents who scrimp and save to send their children to a non-government school.

Liberal Media Release, February 21st 2012


Good evening, 

Tonight we’re here to acknowledge that group of people who have been left behind in this rush to assist every Tom, Dick and Harriet. A group that’s rarely mentioned when it comes to Government assistance or charities. A group that is encouraged to feel ashamed by certain sections of the media. A group that struggles to meet its commitments without thanks or hope of reward. 

Private school parents.

So, we are launching a new charity. Centre for Learning And School Support Expanding Needs of Vexed Youth. Or CLASSENVY. 

Now, there are a lot of misconceptions about private school parents. They’re not all wealthy. In fact, at one of the best private schools, many of the parents were paying more in fees than their company made in profits. Some of these parents are so poor that they don’t even pay income tax! 

Take, for example, the story of little Phoebe. Unable to choose between her ballet lessons and the school trip to France, she was forced to sell her horse. Now, if she should wish to take up riding again, she’ll be unable to unless she uses a rented horse.
While the current government are showing no interest in Gonski and his dangerous socialist agenda of educating all people and funding schools according to need, other governments may not understand that poor kids don’t really need as much in order to learn.
So, I ask you all – for as little as $500 a fortnight, you can sponsor a child like Phoebe, giving her the education she so richly deserves.



  1. jasonblog says:

    Australia is weird in that it so heavily funds private schools. Perhaps that is simply an inversion of a wacky sense of egalitarianism.

    What is even more weird is that the IPA isn’t railing against public subsidy of non-public schools. Instead they’d prefer to simply privatise the ABC…

    I thought the whole point of (so-called) private education was to mitigate the influence of “state” on vulnerable kid-lets. Surely, if Australia was a truly ‘Libertarian’ nation it would reject outright the intrusion of public funding into private schools.

    Of course America is big enough economically to have truly independent non-government funded schools. Australia is of course not. That is why we are left with snivelling unimaginative suck-holes likes Christopher ‘C***S***er’ Pyne shamelessly trying to implement the Milton Friedman world-view of education. And failing miserably.

    Pyne really should have sought some meaningful life experience prior to pursuing a political career. At the moment he really only represent spoiled. self-indulgent, mediocre twerps, just like himself.

  2. J. McGowan says:

    My four children went to private schools, and we were anything but wealthy, my husband was a private in the Army and work a second job at Fairfield RSL when he was not away with the Army. Things were very tight money wise for us, but we wanted our four children to have the best schooling we could afford. Not all parents of private school kids go on holidays to France or own horses, and a lot of private schools need the funding the government gives to them. Can you image what’s would happen if all the small church private schools shut their doors, State Schools would be in a very big tail spin.

  3. Nick says:

    I believe implicitly that if every small “private/independent” school were to close its doors the public system would cope. The extra funding that would be redirected back to the public sector would suffice.

  4. gailgoodwin says:

    Brilliant piece of writing. I agree wholeheartedly. My 3 children all went to public schools, and as it turns out, did far better at VCE (higher school certificate). One has gone to uni, another stared his own business and another is a qualified tradesman. The ROI for their cousins and their parents has been, hmm shall we say, a little disappointing in comparison.

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  6. bjkelly1958 says:

    Now look, there has to be an acknowledgement of the spectrum of schools under the rainbow of Catholic Ed. There are some extremely well-off catholic schools, usually in the major cities but also a few select rural destinations. If you want to lump them in with the Scots Colleges and Church of England Grammar Schools, fine with me. Far and away the majority of Catholic secondary schools provide education to people in suburban settings and in country towns. Yes, they have a fee schedule, but any family who are unable to pay the full amount or even nothing at all will, generally, be accommodated.

    Having said that, I’ll donate my 2 cents to CLASSENVY, if I could find one.

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