The parents of students attending private schools pay taxes. So, why should their children be denied a share of the education dollar? Yet every dollar provided to a private school is a dollar not available to invest in public schools. Where should we invest public funds and according to what set of principles might we decide without prompting envy and division?
Speakers arguing for the proposition will be Chris Bonnor, retired secondary school principal and author; Beatrice Duong, one of Victoria’s top high school debaters; and well-known novelist Shane Maloney.
Speakers arguing against the proposition will be Dr Kevin Donnelly, one of Australia’s leading education commentators; Andrew Elder, Year 12 student at Scotch College; and Amanda Vanstone, former federal education minister.
Chris Bonnor AM is a retired secondary school principal and author. Chris was co-author with Jane Caro of The Stupid Country: How Australia is dismantling public education, (UNSW Press, 2007). He is a contributing author to the Centre for Policy Development’s More Than Luck: Ideas Australia Needs ... Read more
Dr Kevin Donnelly is one of Australia’s leading education commentators and author of Why Our Schools are Failing (2004), Dumbing Down (2007) and Australia’s Education Revolution (2009). Kevin has written over 400 articles in the daily media and professional journals and appears regularly on radi... Read more
Amanda Vanstone is a former senior Australian politician. Amanda was also Australia’s ambassador to Italy from June 2007 to May 2010. She was a Liberal Senator for South Australia from 1984 to 2007, and held several ministerial portfolios in the Howard Government, including Minister for Immigratio... Read more
Born in Hamilton in western Victoria in 1953, Shane Maloney is one of Australia’s most popular novelists. His award-winning and much-loved Murray Whelan series – Stiff, The Brush-Off, Nice Try, The Big Ask, Something Fishy and Sucked In – has been published around the world. In 1996, The B... Read more
Beatrice Duong is a year 11 student at the John Monash Science School in Clayton. Beatrice wishes to further a career in biomedical research. Apart from the sciences, she has a strong interest in public speaking, music, drama and soccer. Beatrice has debated since year eight, and has since gone on t... Read more
Andrew Elder is a Year 12 student at Scotch College. Andrew has a broad range of interests, including rugby, rowing, drama, music and debating. He’s debated all through his school career, culminating in 2010, when he helped lead his school team to win the Victorian B Grade championships, and was s... Read more
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