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Education minister Simon Birmingham hands bag of money to private school students saying 'They do have an orchestra pit to support'. Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas

 

 


Fiona Katauskas Fiona Katauskas' work has also appeared in ABC's The Drum, New Matilda, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies.

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I don't have any connection to rich independent schools, but I have to say this cartoon simply reinforces a common myth about school funding. The orchestra pits, rifle ranges, etc these schools have are not funded by government. They're funded by parents repaying loans over 10-20 years. How do I know this? I work in Catholic education where I see how little government funding is available for capital projects in NSW's 1000 non-government schools each year. It's barely enough to build a new secondary school, but usually it's distributed between maybe 30-45 small projects in the lowest SES areas. And that's only half the number that apply in any year. So there can never be $30m or $40m in government funding left over for such big, discretionary expenditure of the type highlighted by this cartoon. Those of us who work in education are sick of this uninformed commentary.
Jim | 28 September 2016


Out of tune again (even I think that's corny).
Pam | 28 September 2016


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