We don't pay enough tax in Australia. That is why our infrastructure is so poor and our care for the disadvantaged is wanting.When I say we don't pay enough tax, I think I pay rather a lot. Someone in Australia is not paying enough.
Yet some of our poorest peoples' taxes go towards private schools. That is posh schools for rich people. But posh schools have turned into working class schools where people who 'work hard and both work two jobs to send my children to a good school' send their children. I shouldn't dis private schools as Sister is a teacher at a posh private school, and Little Jo's welfare depends on Sister's income, well Bone Doctor's too, her other mother. Little Jo may not get a sweet treat at the time of her choosing now, or that new toy, or a meal from the Scottish Restaurant but she will never really have to really worry about money. Lucky her. Most of my life, I have had to worry about money, the lack of it. While I have enough now, it is still a concern with R in semi retirement. Anyway, Sister took the first teaching job she could get and stuck at it. Normally quite vocal, she doesn't say much when I go on one of my funding by the public of private schools rants. Nor does the privately educated Bone Doctor.
I am not sure if I think it is wonderful to have enough money, or I want to go back to the French Revolution where they chopped their heads off the rich who would let them eat cake.
I am thinking of the parents dropping their kiddies off at Melbourne Grammar School. They cause terrible street congestion. They make illegal U turns. They park where they can find. They delay the tram along the street. I hate them. Yet when I see their angelic sons getting out of the cars, my heart melts, for a nano second. After their son has picks up his school bag and sports equipment from the back of his parent's SUV/4WD, with a tailgate that rises ever so gently, and then lowers by an electric motor, I wonder about the so called egalitarian Australia.
That some state government schools are so neglected and desperately need funds, yet the government ploughs money into already rich private schools and this is intolerable, in my view. You can see exactly where are governments are taking education. In time only the very poorest in society will go to state owned schools, the rest will be privately educated, mostly by religious institutions.
The above was written some time ago and I am sure you find me banging on about the massive subsidising of private schools by the lowest of taxpayers, quite tedious.
But how much money do private schools get? So much they feel obliged to give some back apparently, as Melbourne's Wesley College has done. Of course they can afford to be generous when their property speculation has so successful.
''Wesley paid about $400,000 for this piece of land back in the mid '90s
when they acquired it from VicRoads - they are now seeking to develop
it for upwards of $30 million,'' Cr Lake said. ''Here is a private
school that has basically been given a gift by the Victorian taxpayer
and they are now wanting to turn that gift into significant profit.''
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/parents-neighbours-wage-war-against-wesley-20111206-1oh9n.html#ixzz2UlykDDQx
Unrelated, and to show my political bias is not as strong as you may think, tabloid tv this week tried to pillory ex premier Baillieu over him having a government supplied car and driver. The usual, snouts in the trough. I don't mind Teddy Baills being pilloried, but for the right reasons. He is entitled to the car and a driver, so attack the politicians who make the rules, not the person who takes advantage of them. It is Baillieu's right and he would be mad to not take advantage of it, no matter how personally rich he is.