Why don't universities, as a group, invest in platforms that support collaboration in teaching and learning, just as they do for high-end research?
A couple of years ago the combination of subsidies and fee income saw the resources of private schools put public schools in the shade.
It is rare that an opportunity presents itself for a Government to save money by spending money. And yet, investment in childcare and early learning offers just such an opportunity.
Over the past decade or so, subsidies for childcare have grown continuously and rapidly to the point where they now pose a real threat to long-term budget sustainability.
If he was serious about better using public funds he would stop using them to boost private schools and concentrate on public ones.
The most unrealistic of these is the claim that increased public recurrent investment in non-government schools has increased overall costs to governments rather than producing overall savings.
An end, please, to these wacky ideas for wiping the slate clean and starting all over.
Such is the pitiful standard of public and political debate in Australia that even hypothetical ideas are attacked and jettisoned before they see the light of day.
Even the most highly educated, wealthiest, or most cultured parent would have great difficulty with the depth and breadth of a typical Year 12 student’s subjects.
According to OECD data, after factoring in experience and teaching level, an Australian teacher would earn an average of 5,395 USD more than a Finnish teacher at a similar career stage.
Across Australia 850,000 people are hunting for work but there's only 150,000 jobs. South Australia is the worst place in mainland Australia to find a job.
According to an Essential Poll released on Budget day, nearly four-fifths of Australians – 79 per cent – reject the proposition that universities should be able to set course fees at any level they want.