Thursday, February 17, 2011

Your taxes at work at MGS

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.


  1. Would love to know what hoops they had to jump through to get their moolah while an independent school for the blind has asked for almost 2 years to get final govt funding to open their doors.
    Then again, with all their sporting facilities the govt probably didn't think the private schools needed the extra training and just gave them the dosh.

  2. Anonymous3:28 pm

    Yes it is about time the Gov't stopped this rort and spent the money on bringing public schools up to the same standard.

  3. Oooh, don't get me started - I'm still getting comments from this Age article from September 2010:

  4. I once drove past a school that DIDN'T have a government economic-stimulus-how-good-are-we sign out the front. Wonder what they did wrong?

  5. Jayne, I think blindness is too hard for state schools to integrate into classes, although with present day technology, it is surely close. Special schools for the blind will hopefully teach them all they need to know for life.

    Yep Anon. They don't even have to be the same standard, just to offer a good education. The facilities really are minor so far as turning out a good human goes.

    Oh Kath. I remember reading that but I did not note the author. The comments are a good reflection of community attitudes, prejudices and parental concerns. Ultimately, the more lower middle class who 'make sacrifices' to send their kids to private schools, the worse government schools will become. Then the blue collars, if they aren't already, will start sending their kids to private schools, and it will only be the poorest of the poor who will be in government schools, in Labor electorates with no voting power. This may be the Australia conservatives want to see, but I fear for Australia if it happens. I'll put a time frame on it of twenty to thirty years if we continue down this road. This from NSW puts a different slant on things. That is, dividing government schools into the normal and the um, can't think of the word, hut high achievers. NSW is going crazy for it. So then we the elite private, the clever government streams and the plods at the bottom of the heap. Yes, we have selective schools here, but there are not many. The theory presented to the public sounds good though.

    Red, I expect it was quite a good school with active parents who challenged conditions.

  6. mmm .. I suspect I should just shut up about this post.

  7. Who better to offer and opinion than you Julie? It may be rather a long comment though, hey.

  8. Shivers! That is where my taxes go? Wish it was into my children's schools and my place of work

  9. Its just plain wrong Cazzie.