Inclusion: It's not just about money, but it certainly helps.

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With the Australian Government announcing $4.5 billion in extra funding for private schools, I can't help but reflect on the many times that budget constraints are cited as justification for inadequate access in state schools.
'Difficult decisions', relating to 'old buildings' are always couched in the context of 'limited resources'. If the access issues relate to a child with a disability, then some kind of retro-fit of access solutions may be offered (even though the building is brand new and therefore should be accessible), but if you are seeking to participate in your role as a parent with a disability, then forget it.

In a nutshell, if you have sufficient disposable income to choose to send your child to a fee paying school, then Scomofo's Government applauds your decision. To celebrate your choice, he will give taxpayer funded financial support to said school.

"But wait," I hear you say (I know. it's like I'm psychic or something)...
What if you have a disability and make the decision to send your child to a state school? Surely the Christian Value-driven (boat arrivals not included), Fair-dinkum-power loving Prime Minister will ensure that funding is made available to bring state school infrastructure up to the standards that have been enshrined in Federal law since 2011?

Not so much.

I'll be honest. When it comes to the language that is being used by the government around this issue, it makes my blood boil.
"there should be affordable choices for non-state schools," says Morrison. He even had the temerity to link the funding to the drought, which for some reason involves Catholic schools (not sure why. Presumably, if you believe in an omnipotent deity, the drought is His doing. Probably best not get involved, I'd say).

But seriously, saying that sending your child to a fee-paying school, religious or otherwise  there should be affordable choices for non-state schools should be a right and one that the Government helps to fund are laughable when limited resources are cited as the justification for buildings that exclude people with a disability, or when remote communities have their funding slashed because living away from a major conurbation is a 'lifestyle choice'.

People used to tell me how Australia doesn't have a class system like the UK. But when you can give your child an advantage by paying for their education, and when government will take money from the schools budget to support that choice? That my friends is a class system, right there.

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