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Beazley to face the Dawkins mess



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27 December 1991

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BEAZLEY TO FACE THE DAWKINS MESS

The Government has its last opportunity to get education right with the appointment of Mr Beazley to the Employment, Education and Training portfolio, the Shadow Minister for Education, Dr David Kemp, said today.

"The Dawkins years will be remembered for their dislocation and turmoil in higher education with the increased regulation, bureaucratic centralisation and forced amalgamations," said Dr Kemp.

"Mr Dawkins also failed to implement reforms to achieve excellence in schooling and a training system of international standard.

"If Mr Beazley is to make his mark, his first priorities must be to begin the process of deregulation and free up the universities and promote international standards in schooling and training.

'We will be happy to offer support to any positive action he takes along these this road."

Dr Kemp said, however, that Mr Beazley's reluctance to embrace wider options to deregulate telecommunications when Minister for Transport and Communications did not augur well.

"Mr Beazley can immediately show leadership by agreeing to the reference sought by the Industry Commission to hold a public inquiry into higher education funding which it has described as fundamentally flawed."

Dr Kemp said Mr Dawkins had not only declined to recommend the reference, but had attacked the Industry Commission in what he construed to be a personal attack on him.

"Given the damage done by Mr Dawkins in education, it is doubly important for Mr Beazley to stop the Treasurer from interfering in his old portfolio.

"It is well known that Mr Dawkins has never felt constrained about speaking out on matters beyond his immediate ministerial responsibilities."

Dr Kemp said an additional handicap faced by Mr Beazley was the decision to retain Mr Baldwin as the junior Minister for Higher Education.

"Mr Baldwin has shown an inability to come to grips with the demands of his portfolio, a fact widely acknowledged in higher education, and the last thing Mr Beazley needs is advice from Mr Baldwin."

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