Why do I find that name strangely appropriate? Some echo of the decadence of pre-revolutionary Russia?
It would be prudent to scan the offending document prior to comment, and I will be interested to see Andrew Norton’s considered views from his stronghold in Carlton. But on the public reporting so far it sounds like another blast of the same old same old that we expect from that part of town. The commentators recruited by The Drum do not inspire confidence. Fortunately a more sensible commenter appeared in the comments.
I am not rich, both I and my wife work long hours in order to send our only child to a very good independent school. It takes 20% of our income. We do without holidays, fancy cars, nights out and other things people take for granted – (like more children) to pay for this.
Yes, there are parents at the school that are MPs, lawyers, doctors, property developers and bankers. They turn up in Mercedes, BMWs and Bentleys.
Equally there are plumbers, chefs, taxi drivers and other tradespeople who drop their children off in work utes and 15 year old rustbuckets. They all pay the same fees to give their offspring the best education they can.
They all pay their taxes, proportional to their incomes which in part go to help their own children, but a larger part of the education proportion of their taxes pays for some other family’s child in the public system. How is this fair?
Now let’s get all eglaterian, let us cut the funding to the private schools entirely (‘they must be able to afford it they are rich, they are all doctors and lawyers’) see above comments.
What happens?; the doctors and the lawyers can still afford the fees, but it is the plumbers, taxi drivers etc. that cannot and who would have to take their children out of the private sector and into to the public schools, meaning more overcrowding, larger class sizes and stretched budgets. Who wins? Not the public schools, not the tradies, nobody. Who loses? not the doctors and lawyers (who do also earn their money) but the struggling overtaxed middle classes who drive the economy.