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Education debate confused, bitter and destructive



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No. 82/82 CANBERRA 23 June 1982

PRESS RELEASE THE SENATE 5^

EDUCATION DEBATE CONFUSED, BITTER AND DESTRUCTIVE

Australian Democrat Spokesperson on Education, Senator • ' -*■* ''if

Michael Macklin said today that public debate on education was confused, bitter and destructive. ■ '

Senator Macklin said that Australia had ■ no national education policy of note, only a patchwork of

half-considered promises.

"This is the result of jealous grasping by the government, the opportunism of the Labor Party and the red herrings continually thrown into the education arena by

self-interested groups."

^Senator Macklin said the current arguements about funding

of government and non-government schools was a prime example of one issue diverting attention away from an informed consideration of education.

"There is no arguement about two education systems - all groups agree on this. The debate is whether funding for private schools should be zero or $500 million or something in between. Surely it is not beyond the wit of reasonable

people to sit down together, sort through the issue and come up with an agreed criteria for future funding."

Senator Macklin said that Australia needs a national

conference on education - without the usual propaganda.

"We need a round table conference of State and Federal Ministers, academics, industry leaders, parents from State and private schools, unions - both teachers' and students', political party representatives and a few decent forward thinkers.

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"We need information on what type of education Australia

needs going into the 21st Century.

"We need decisions for a national long-term plan for education. . ■

" Until we get an agreed plan to work to, Australia will suffer severely from an education system crippled by the confusion of constantly changing policies. The bitterness

of self-interest groups and the destructivness of political point scoring."

ENDS

. SENATOR MICHAEL MACKLIN

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Senator Michael Macklin

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