Thursday 4 July 2016
1 As usual the Naplan results show a decline in the standards of our education. As usual the Coalition says it has nothing to do with money but what happens in the classroom. The education budget will increase by 25% over the next few years, they point out. What they don’t say is that this is a result of population and increased growth in the economy.
No need for ‘Gonski’. After all, it was only ever about equality of opportunity in education.
The federal president of the Australian Education Union, Correna Haythorpe, said delivering the full Gonski funding to schools would see a boost in results.
“No one in their right mind thinks that denying schools the resources needed to meet the needs of all students is a strategy that will lead to better results.”
It seems that the most advantaged schools, the ones getting the most money aren’t returning a dividend on investment while the poorest and most disadvantaged schools are left to cope as best they can.
A former Principle and fellow of the Center for Policy Development, Chris Bonner said that funds were not being directed appropriately.
“Gonski recommended the establishment of a schools resourcing body to clearly identify those struggling schools, the resources required for those schools to reach their goals, and to make sure the money got there,” Bonnor said.
“First fix the problem of equity in education and the excellence will follow”.
A view from Bob Lloyd on Facebook who watched the same interview I did:
“At the moment listening to Birmingham, federal Minister for Education. What a joke. As usual he has no bloody idea what happens in schools. Just repeats the same tired old lines that it’s not just about the money but “evidenced based” changes to teaching. What is he talking about? He also continues to misrepresent the position of Labor on education. If the Gonski funding reforms were properly implemented across the country for the entire time as originally put forward then funding would be properly targeted to those students in most need. I am sick and tired of people with no qualifications or experience in education telling educators what they should be doing. The Gonski review was thorough, across all providers and in the final wash up had the support of all providers, state, religious and private/independent but as usual the conservatives want more for private and independent schools and less for public. Any changes to education systems take time to bare fruit. Also he must have mentioned phonics a dozen times as if it is the only way into reading. I am rambling so I will stop.”
“For the life of me I fail to understand how anyone could vote for a party who thinks the existing education system is adequately funded and addresses the needs of the disadvantaged.”
2 The Reserve Bank reckons the economy needs a touch of stimulus so it lowers the cash rate. The banks don’t pass it on in full so mission un accomplished. The banks want to top up their profit margins. Mr Turnbull says it’s their business.
The end result is increased household debt, mostly on the card. The economy needs some stimulus from the government but it doesn’t want to spend.
Interest rates are at historic lows. It’s a great time to borrow and invest in our future.
It is against touching any handouts to the rich so the spiral continues. What about jobs and growth you ask. Well you have to wait for the trickledown theory to start working. Maggie Thatcher started it. Just be patient. It’s a bit like a man of my age with a prostrate problem. You just imagine it will start dripping sooner or later.
Whilst waiting we could have a Royal Commission into the banks and other financial institutions. God I need a leak.
3 Well I did say the Turnbull/Rudd saga would roll on. We now learn that the Cabinet was in favour of supporting Rudd in his attempt for the top UN job but Turnbull went against it, proving that his capacity for revenge at least matches Rudd’s.
Now it appears that the deputy Prime Minister may have told a lie about how the cabinet was split on the issue.
God they are a nasty bunch. It was the wrong decision Malcolm.
4 With anti-union Senator Bob Day surprisingly retaining his Senate seat with 2.87% of the vote the Government has a slightly better chance of its ABCC legislation getting passed.
To pass legislation the government will need nine of the eleven crossbench senators. Crossbench will likely be Family First. Hinch. Lambie. Xenophon times three. Two liberal democrats. Hanson times three. I’m beginning to think that without the aid of Labor and the Greens nothing will get passed.
5 Essential is the only pollster doing any polling at the moment. It has Labor 52/48% ahead of the Government.
Its survey of trust in the Media is interesting though.
On the question, “How much trust did you have in the way the following media reported and commented on the Federal election campaign?”
ABC TV 65%
SBS TV 61%
ABC Radio 54%
The AGE 42%
The Australian 37%
Courier Mail 37%
Commercial TV 42%
The Telegraph 35%
Commercial Radio 35%
Herald Sun 35%
I note that the Murdoch rags are the most untrusted. Mind you they are the newsheets where the truth goes to die. I will leave it for the readers logic to analysis it.
For the full results go here.
6 According to Amnesty International attacks on refugees occur every day on Nauru. A combined report by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said there were daily abuses against detainees and widespread trauma, as well as a culture of secrecy and complicitness by Australian authorities.
For 12 days last month Anna Neistat, a senior director of research at Amnesty, and Michael Bochenek legally entered the island nation. Both were shocked by the scale of violence and ill-health.
It is well known that intimidation, violence, sexual harassment and abuse has been happening for years in detention centres.
Similar reports surface from time to time but they are ignored by the government. Given the promptness in instigating a Royal Commission into wrong doing against teenage boys in the Northern Territory, why are crimes perpetrated against refugees any different. Or is it that there are cameras installed in one place and not the other.
It is nothing short of a national scandal.
My thought for the day.
“Pass this onto your children ‘If you are not willing to learn no one will help you. If you are determined to learn no one can stop you.”