Australia does not have a school system of gated communities and education ghettos, nor is there any evidence that we are moving towards such a system.
The federal government's competition review is disastrously wrong about education.
There should be one national focal point to coordinate the national government response to this industry: hence the need for a minister for international education.
Given there is evidence that devoting more funding to disadvantaged students can lead to improved school results, the challenge is delivering funding in a manner that maximises this benefit.
School choice advocates like Ludger Woessmann, Eric Hanushek, Patrick Wolfe and Caroline Hoxby argue that a more market-driven approach involving competition between schools leads to stronger outcomes.
The cross-curriculum priorities are a politically correct brake on teaching and learning.
There is no doubt that the 2008 NAPLAN results provided a wake-up call for Queensland, and since that time there has been a focused effort on improvement. Seven years on, the Queensland performance on NAPLAN is recognised as considerably improved.
The government's plans to apply real compounding interest rates to student debt through the HECS/HELP scheme will result in women paying a greater price for their higher education.
If we look back over the past decade in Queensland, virtually every major aspect of our school education system has been reviewed and the subject of reform.
It needs to recognise that students from non-English speaking backgrounds have different needs and cannot be treated the same as other students.
Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott have confirmed what many have long suspected: they run a government which feels no responsibility for government schools.
An engineering degree, the degree my father did for free, will cost as much as $119,000.