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The Giving and Taking of The Gonski Reforms

give a gonskiThe “I give a Gonski” campaign has been successful. That is, politicians have listened and are acting on the recommendations made by the Review of Funding for Schooling chaired by David Gonski. Over the weekend, the Federal Government announced plans to increase school funding by $14.5 billion over six years – $2 billion of this funding will come from existing university funding. The funding plan has been met with widespread criticism and condemnation, with supporters of education funding arguing that you can’t take funding from one part of the education sector to give to another.

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Athletes educated on our taxes? HECS no!

A free university education isn’t the norm in Australia, unless you are one of our top athletes. An athlete who studies via the Australian Institute of Sport does not have to pay HECS-HELP fees; unlike our doctors, our nurses, our police officers, our teachers, our journalists, ourĀ artists, our paramedics; unlike any other career choice in Australia.

The result? A group of over-indulged athletes going on a “rampage” at the 2012 London Olympics. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really care if they took “sleeping tablets and went to bed at 10.30”. That’s not the issue at hand.

The important issue is why should taxpayers foot the bill for their education?

Australian artist Ben Quilty is asking the same question.ben quilty

In an opinion piece for the SMH, Quilty wrote:

“Everyone pays HECS: nurses, paramedics, teachers, artists; we all pay for our education. We also pay tax from prizes won: the Archibald, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, all literary prizes, film prizes, prizes for excellence in education and medical research. Even the Queensland Premiers’ Literary Award was taxed, until it was axed. And I didn’t whinge about being thrown into a higher tax bracket when I won the Whiteley Scholarship as a young artist until I realised that at the same time I was in Paris studying, the young emerging Olympians in Salt Lake City were there for free. In fact the prizes they would receive for winning were also tax-free, and so were their education and training.”

He juxtaposes the recently revealed behaviour of athletes with the quiet heroism of soldiers in Afghanistan. The point is clear – Australian athletes need to grow up.

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Ten Tunes for Tuesday, 29th January: Back to School!

January is drawing to a lazy close, and for those of a certain age, that means that the greatest of horrors has returned for another year: the holidays are over and it’s time to head back to the classroom.

Whether you’re a student heading back for another term, a recent leaver preparing for your university experience, or a teacher dreading the first day back at work, we’ve compiled an eclectic list of songs to get you through the next ten weeks of hard study.

You can find the playlist right here, but if you want the videos that go with them, you’ll have to read on. Who knows? You might even learn something!

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