The weekend gave Crikey readers ample time to get fired up about the continuously troubled Morrison government. Firstly, readers found reason to debate Bernard Keane’s argument that the Coalition’s new Catholic school funding is actually Labor’s fault. Elsewhere, there was the point (also by Keane) that the government has already run out of workable ideas.
Arky writes: If you’re going to blame Labor for this, you should also credit Labor for the Liberal Party being pressured into adopting the full Gonski in the first place, considering that they only did it to stem the bleeding from Labor’s very successful attacks on the Liberal Party for breaking their promises on school funding.
Marcus Hicks writes: Oh Bernard, the blame rests almost entirely with Abbott and Pyne. Remember their “unity ticket” on schools funding, leading to the 2013 election? A promise they quickly broke when they got in (using such weasel words as “funding envelopes” and other such tosh to justify their shift of funds back to the private sector. Even Malcontent was happy to leave things this way, until he realised it was hurting the Coalition’s chances of reelection.
old greybearded one: I work in this game and I pay very close attention. Yes the ALP maintained disparate funding with Gonski #1. Guess what, that was to get some kind of reform up without Abbott screaming class warfare all over and to get the legislation through. The Liberals have done nothing like maintain a Gonski scheme. As soon as Gonski got to the higher needs schools, it was abolished. This has nothing to do with the ALP and everything to do with Scummo’s entrenchment of privilege. The federals pay just over 80% 0f the SRS required for private schools and the states just over 20%. The states pay just under 80% of public school needs and the federals just under 20%. So guess what: most public schools do not get the funding needed at all.
Jim Hanna writes: The funding changes announced last Thursday are not a special deal for the Catholic Church. They are a direct result of a key recommendation in the original 2011 Gonski Review and also benefit non-Catholic low-fee schools. Gonski said the socioeconomic status (SES) methodology that estimated the wealth of parents at each non-government schools – and therefore how much public funding that school should attract – needed to be reviewed because it wasn’t accurate enough.