Education is of course in the sights of the government pre-budget even before this far-right wish list was released.)
The Commission of Audit recommends winding back the commonwealth's responsibilities for schools, abolishing vocational education and turning our higher education system into a mirror image of the failed American system.
It also mirrors Pyne's decision NOT to proceed with the 5th-6th years of Gonski funding.( Their opposition to Gonski is nothing short of bizarre!)
Slashing education funding as they will do in the budget might improve their financial bottom line ( although they can find $50 billion for an overdue and over rated American fighter plane) but what we will end up with is a dumber, poorer nation when really only knowledge industries can sustain greater wealth.We need to be the smart guys not the giant quarry like the government's big mining, big polluting buddies want us to be.
Interesting to see the state government ( Funnily enough they seem to have found billions of dollars lying around to spend on roads, bridges, train tracks etc after 3 years of massive public spending cuts) intends to build 11 new schools (in marginal or government held seats) There must be an election this year!
Happy May Day!
Happy Teacher Appreciation week ( in the US)
Happy Star Wars Day and Happy Press Freedom Day