Feb 27, 2013

Why Christopher Pyne should go back to school

Australia's secondary educational funding model is broken. To claim otherwise, as Christopher Pyne did today, will perpetuate both inequality and poor educational outcomes.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

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“The current funding model does work, it’s not a broken model.”

So all is well in Australian secondary education funding, then: this morning, the Coalition’s shadow education minister Christopher Pyne — making a rare foray into his own portfolio — declared there was no problem with the way we currently fund secondary education. When asked by his interviewer whether he was aware of recent evidence of declines in Australian education outcomes, Pyne spluttered with annoyance — he’d been in his portfolio for four years, he said — and argued they wouldn’t be fixed via the Gonski proposal.

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29 thoughts on “Why Christopher Pyne should go back to school

  1. Mike Flanagan

    Thanks Bernard for a well researched article.
    Christopher Pyne, while attending to his dear leaders charades and political ambitions has all but ignored his own portfolio development.
    Like Greg Hunt we find yet another proposed minister of an Abbott govenment, either in denial of the facts, or their own earlier observations and writings, on their policy responsibilties, or refuting the experts to their own ideological ends.

  2. Holden Back

    It is a disturbing measure of the power of various media organizations that these people can seriously be considered as the next government.

  3. Gavin Moodie

    Yes, it is becoming clearer that the best hope for implementing Gonski lies with the current Australian Government, which of course Baillieu and Newman are opportunistically doing their best to derail.

  4. Peter

    To paraphrase Holden Back, “It is a disturbing measure of the stupidity of voters that these people can seriously be considered as the next government”.

  5. TheFamousEccles

    Very typical of the poodle, and yet another Coalition furniture piece that doesn’t like being pulled up on his own lack of portfolio knowledge.

  6. The Pav

    Quelle suprise!!

    An opposition front bencher who didn’t know his own portfolio!

    Goes with a leader who can’t read a power bill.

    Gee whizz why would anybody support these morons

  7. CML

    @ Peter – at the very least, you would expect voters to be concerned for their children when they make important decisions about who to vote for in the coming federal election.
    Then again, I guess the Coalition have worked out that few parents who have children in disadvantaged schools would be voting for them anyway.
    What a morally bankrupt mob of +ankers! I’m alright Jack, is alive and well among the “aspirational” voters too, it seems.

  8. mikehilliard

    Thanks Benard.

    So Gonski recommends taking some funding from private schools and distributing it more equitably amongst the public schools.

    I don’t understand this dichotomy. Labor support is stronger in the inner western suburbs of Sydney where children are more likely to be privately educated and weaker in the outer western suburbs where children go to predominantly public schools.

    It would appear that for some reason one group supports equity at the risk of being disadvantaged and another supports inequity with the same risk of being disadvantaged.

    Something doesn’t make sense here.

  9. Andybob

    Working as intended then Chris ?

  10. zut alors

    Please someone correct me but is Oz the only country where government (ie: taxpayers) subsidise private schools?

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