The education budget report card: ‘F’ for Fail

Riddle, Stewart (2015) The education budget report card: ‘F’ for Fail. The Conversation, 15 May 2015. pp. 1-4.

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You could be forgiven for thinking that education was left largely untouched in Tuesday’s federal budget. In Joe Hockey’s speech, education was only mentioned twice and simply in terms of higher education as a valuable service export. The focus was almost entirely on child care, small business and infrastructure. This was contrasted with last night’s budget reply by Bill Shorten, where the emphasis was on a future defined by science, technology, education and innovation. Christopher Pyne’s absence from the post-budget headlines is notable, given the central placement of his twice-failed higher education reform agenda in last year’s budget. It is only when digging into the Department of Education and Training’s budget statements that the finer details on education become clear. And the picture overall is not a particularly good one for the future of education in Australia.

In brief: schools are facing a A$30 billion funding black hole from 2018; there is continued uncertainty for current and future university students; and there will be far-reaching impacts of further broad cuts to research spending and infrastructure.


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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2015 02:04
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2017 05:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: education policy, budget
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27737

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