Hello??? Being in government isn’t a license to impose your privileged ideology.

4 Apr

Turnbul-l end support for govt schools


Look, you may already be across this but for various reasons I’ve only just caught up. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull  actually proposed that the states take on the entire responsibility for funding public schools, while Turnbull’s own government, proposing nary a cent to the project of educating children who don’t attend private schools, is happy to continue its excessive fiscal support of educational privilege.

Aside: It’s usually against my personal code of not wasting time with click bait to read, let alone link to Mamamia, however I like to think I’m big enough to overlook that code under exceptional circumstances so I did.

I cannot see any sense, decency, respect, care or concern for the country’s future in such a move. It is pure ideology. It comes a mere two weeks or so after the appointment of new Liberal Senator James Paterson, who declared that public school kids lack a work ethic found in private school kids, an interesting indictment seeing as he is himself the product of the public school system.

Oh wait. Paterson probably thinks he’s exceptional. Believing yourself to be exceptional is a core requirement for membership of the LNP. Please read: public school kids with the notable exception of James Paterson, don’t have a work ethic as strong as private school kids.

These arrogant, privileged twerps are in need of a damn good smack down and some serious re-education as to what the role of government actually is. It isn’t a license to impose an ideology of privilege. It is the responsibility to ensure as far as is possible equal access across society to core necessities such as education. To do otherwise is to bring a country to its knees. Intelligence and talent are not restricted to postcodes. Any nation that limits the potential of its young is a nation in its death throes. If you don’t believe me, please note that the majority of this government was educated in private schools. Need I say more?

This is class warfare. Federal de-funding of public schools while continuing funding of private schools is a divisive and dangerous proposition. It perpetuates the myth that having money (no matter how you got it or where you hide it) is morally sound; that money in and of itself has a moral value that supersedes the manner in which it is obtained.

Good government isn’t divisive and dangerous, and it isn’t focused on ideology. It’s capable of  some semblance of economic literacy as well. Turnbull’s government is exceptionally agile with economic policy: it should be a star turn at Cirque du Soleil.



13 Responses to “Hello??? Being in government isn’t a license to impose your privileged ideology.”

  1. Fiona April 4, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

    This is indeed class warfare – and the coalition started it!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. paul walter April 4, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

    How fortuitous to end up here almost immediately after viewing this: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-01/the-drum-friday-april-1/7293730

    The first segment is the one I have in mind.. watch veteran economist Michael Pascoe in tandem with the Guardian’s Van Badhan forensically demolish evasive Baird and Sherri Marksen.

    Liked by 1 person

    • paul walter April 4, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

      Baird..not Mike Baird, Julia. She turned up in a white mini, so was obviously about damping down on Turnbull’s revenue fiasco, while Marksen acheived a new and undreamed of intensity of genuflection toward her boss Murdoch and its sinister IPA ideology.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Jennifer Wilson April 4, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

      Oh goodie, thanks PW I missed that.


  3. doug quixote April 5, 2016 at 12:49 am #

    Worthy of note is that Labor is now ahead, two party preferred – both the Morgan Poll and the Newspoll show this now. Mooka is still ahead as preferred PM (smarminess is next to godliness, perhaps?) but that never won an election.

    The voting public have realised that the lipstick on this pig is worn away to nothing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • doug quixote April 5, 2016 at 1:06 am #

      Correction – it appears the latest Morgan (today) has reversed itself. But the margins of error can account for that. The trend is still to Labor.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jennifer Wilson April 5, 2016 at 6:43 am #

        It’s beyond comprehension that so many are still prepared to risk their futures and the futures of their families with this government. It’s tempting to declare that Australians are very stupid.


        • paul walter April 5, 2016 at 7:05 am #

          Can I be your devil?

          Liked by 1 person

        • doug quixote April 5, 2016 at 8:44 am #

          I think it may be that having voted in Abbott (!) then realised that error, and then welcomed this new Messiah only six months ago, they are unsure what to do. Support for Turnbull and his Keystone Kops Abbott-revenant government is soft.

          Labor now only needs a reasonable campaign to win comfortably.

          Liked by 1 person

  4. Andrew Klein April 5, 2016 at 5:25 am #

    Reblogged this on alphatacticus101 and commented:
    Food for thought ……

    Liked by 1 person


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