Public school lobby criticises Labor’s ‘arbitrary’ $250m for Catholic schools

Source: The Guardian

BY Paul Karp

A public school lobby group has blasted Labor for pledging to restore $250m of funding to Catholic schools, labelling it an arbitrary and partisan move that has astonished parents of public school students.


In his March circular the president of the Australian Council of State School Organisations, Phillip Spratt, accused Labor of an “irrational and illogical policy in the scrabble for votes”.

The Catholic education office in Melbourne reportedly intervened in the Batman byelection with 30,000 robocalls in favour of Labor’s Ged Kearney, and the federal opposition hopes the sector will continue to lobby for its policy at the 2019 election.

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