There is a problem at Melbourne Grammar School. They seem unable to to spend money fast enough on their school. It is probably money donated to the building fund, which unlike private school fees, can be offset against a donor's income for tax purposes. In the nine years we have lived here MGS has been a construction site. While they put this building fund money into making their school beautiful, they have their hands outs for taxpayers money. One source tells me last year it was $4.5 million. That is $4.5 million of the poorest taxpayer's money to prop up the most elite and arguably the richest school in Australia.
It is not alone of course. Scotch College received $4.7 million and Geelong Grammar a whopping $6.3 million.
Then there was the economic stimulus money. MGS received something less than $200,000. What did they do with this? Gold plate the bathroom taps? Chromed the basket ball rings?
It is all lovely and green now but this is the preparation photo. Would you believe no sooner had the playing field been completed for the start of the school year, scaffolding went up in Domain Road, clearly to spend more money.
An underground car park for teachers. How good is that! That will stop the students putting the teacher's car on the roof of a school building.
No, no. This is not the same playing field as the one above. This is one they prepared earlier.
I wonder what Wesley College spent their stimulus money on? Perhaps on this solar powered electronic scoreboard?
This taxpayer money going to private, mostly religious, schools which already have exceptional facilities of the kind most government schools could only dream of is an outrage. It is even more of an outrage that the money is being distributed by the so called workers' party, that is our Federal and back then State Labor governments.