A most poisonous debate: legitimizing support for Australian private schools

Martin Forsey, Helen Proctor, Meghan Stacey

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School funding has always been a vexed matter in Australian political life; indeed wrangling over school funding in relation to government and private schooling was described back in 1977 as ‘Australia’s oldest, deepest, most poisonous debate’. Recently this ‘poisonous debate’ has been particularly potent. Helping to emphasise this point, in 2016 an extraordinary event happened—a national education minister of the conservative Liberal Government admitted on national television that some private schools in the nation are overfunded.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrivate schools and school choice in compulsory education
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal change and national challenge
EditorsThomas Koinzer, Rita Nikolai, Florian Waldow
PublisherSpringer VS
ISBN (Electronic)9783658171049
ISBN (Print)9783658171032
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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