According to the OECD, Australia now spends more public money on private schools than any other advanced economy and that was before Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s extraordinary announcement yesterday that a further $4.5 billion of taxpayers’ money is to be thrown at fee-charging schools.
Contrast that with another OECD report released about a year ago, which revealed that Australia — even post the Gonski funding — is the third lowest funder of public schools in the OECD with only Turkey and Colombia doing worse.
Yet our new Prime Minister suggests his latest cash-splash to the education sector that indisputably mostly educates the children of the better-off is a solution to the schools funding wars.
Then he attempts to justify it as part of the sector blind, needs-based funding scheme that once was Gonski.
How can that be? Most of the children who attend fee-charging schools are not, in fact, very needy…