Upper Class Dismissed

No matter who you are, if you want to stir up a lot of people, voice strong opinions on education. Specifically, wade into the topic of government funding of private schools. By encompassing children, religion and ideology, as well as concepts of fairness, entitlement and sacrifice, it pushes buttons like a madman. Which is why politicians have tended to tread carefully around it.

Until Mark Latham came along. The Labor Party leader's pitch for government includes a pledge to redirect money going to Australia's wealthiest schools toward more needy ones, with Catholic schools set to receive the...

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