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As the Morrison government continues to battle with states over whether schools should open, and if so whether Australians should let their children attend, a disparity has arisen which threatens Catholic and independent schools and their students.

Years of pushing choice in kindergarten to year 12 education, especially by conservative governments, has meant growth in both the Catholic school system -- increasingly used by non-Catholics -- and the independent sector.

The Catholic system makes up about 18% of the K-12 school population, and independent schools 15%.