By: Steve Dellar | 09-21-2018 | News
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Australia - PM Morrison Defends Billions In Additional Funding For Catholic Schools

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It is becoming quite clear that the new Australian Prime Minister Mr. Scott Morrison is trying to position himself much more as a conservative Catholic for the upcoming 2019 elections. Today the Labour opposition party was quick to condemn his decision to assign additional monies to Catholic and independent schools in his new education budget proposal.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Scott Morrison just threatened to rip billions of dollars more from public schools if the NSW Government doesn’t get “on board” with his big public school rip-off. This just shows what Mr Morrison thinks of public school children.</p>&mdash; Tanya Plibersek (@tanya_plibersek) <a href="">September 21, 2018</a></blockquote>

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On Thursday already, Mr. Morrison and the country’s education minister Mr. Dan Tehan had unveiled a package of $4.6bn of additional funding to be setup over the next 10 years for Catholic and independent schools. The opposition Labor party has blamed Mr. Morrison for creating a “slush fund” for his preferred voters.

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Defending his plan, the prime minister did interview rounds today, claiming that the funding would mostly help “drought-affected areas” and “Catholic schools in less-fortunate areas”, suggesting it would top up funding after “the Catholic system makes its decision about how it spreads its resources”.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Our schools funding package offers families more choice.<br>Was good to meet the kids at Galilee Catholic Primary School this arvo. They put my drawing skills to the test! <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) <a href="">September 21, 2018</a></blockquote>

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He claimed to have discussed the matter with the Catholic archbishop of Sydney, Mr. Anthony Fisher.

“As you know the Catholic system makes decision about how it spreads its resources that are provided to it – that’s been a longstanding arrangement. This will ensure that I think all of those schools will continue to get the support their parents would expect them to get.”

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The National Catholic Education Commission welcomed Mr. Morrison’s funding. Their Executive Director, Mr. Ray Collins said: “Families can only have school choice if there is an affordable alternative to free, comprehensive government schools.”

“If the only option is a high-fee school, choice is restricted to those parents rich enough to afford high fees.”


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Anonymous No. 37596 2018-09-21 : 07:33

gotta support that catholic system ya know, gotta keep the pedos happy and a steady supply coming for those elites who like to wear the red shoes. #SCUMOFTHEEARTHMUCH

Anonymous No. 37618 2018-09-21 : 14:07

Based bogans keeping their kids in pedo reach

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