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New Labor leader supports the removal of all funding to some Independent and Catholic Schools.



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NEW LABOR LEADER SUPPORTS THE REMOVAL OF ALL FUNDING TO SOME INDEPENDENT AND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

4 December, 2003 MIN 552/03

Today in Question Time in Federal Parliament the new leader of the Labor Party, Mark Latham, has been confronted with his published views that all public funding to at least some Independent and Catholic schools should be removed - though he refuses to say which schools he has in mind.

I reminded federal Parliament that Mr Latham said in 2001:

“...not every school should be entitled to public funding”

Mark Latham, 29 August, 2001 Hansard

Mr Latham repeated this position in his book, What Did You Learn Today? Point six of his ‘national system of needs-based resourcing’ is:

“An understanding not every school should be entitled to public funding.”

p. 44 What Did You Learn Today, Allen and Unwin, 2001

1.1 million students attend Independent and Catholic schools. The Government believes that all parents, having paid their taxes, deserve a level of public support in the education of their children - whatever school they choose.

This is a fundamental principle underpinning the socio economic status (SES) funding system for non government schools.

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