In one of her characteristically tortured efforts to defend wealth and privilege, Amanda Vanstone (Howard government education minister) writes:
1. Parents should be able to ‘choose’ where to send their children for schooling, and ‘should be given the opportunity and encouraged to do so’. Translated: the government should assist the rich with paying private school fees.
2. Heavy tax-payer provided subsidies for private schools actually save the taxpayer money!
3. Public schools are ‘all too leftie Eastern bloc for me’.