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Victorian audit of private schools misses the big picture : Comments

By Stephen Elder, published 17/3/2016

I feel I must also stand up for all schools by explaining that VAGO recommendations for even closer financial scrutiny are without justification, or a basic understanding of the education system.

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The big picture? And pray tell what is that? How to differentiate between flesh and fish?

As always an audit is an unwanted invasion of privacy in some schools, even so a necessary evil to prevent our charity going to the greedy instead of the needy!

The sooner the sheer pragmatism of the gonski recommendations are fully implemented and permanent the better!

Even so, I have no problem with those in receipt of public money from whatever source, being asked to publicly account for their expenditure of same!

And essential in light of recent revelations of apparent criminal fraud (skimming) in some (religious)schools?

However to ask some organisations to stand still for any sort of audit that is not universal/equally applicable and or doesn't treat all recipients equally is just not on, and so the "Catholic" organisation needs to stop with the bellyaching over a perceived minor inconvenience!
Rhrosty.
Posted by Rhrosty, Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:59:46 AM
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If a school get $X dollars from Commonwealth and $Y from the state, which dollars were spent on buying books?

This is yet another moronic brain fart by Vic Labor. I can only guess that this is yet another ideologically driven attempt to make life difficult for independent schools.
Posted by Shadow Minister, Thursday, 17 March 2016 1:56:56 PM
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Rhrosty,

The Gonski recommendations include keeping the Hoard governmentís SES funding model (thus endorsing social stratification), extending it to all the schools currently protected from it (thus increasing social stratification) and allowing the Catholic Education Commission and other systemic school authorities to spend the money they get in any way they like as long as it is needs-based (this undermining the auditor-generalís report).

Shadow Minster,

The auditor-general is an independent statutory officer, protected by the Constitution appointed on the recommendation of the all-party parliamentary committee on public accounts. He is completely independent of government, as you would know if you took note of his highly critical reports of governments of both persuasions.

The Andrews government has legislated to guarantee non-government schools access to a pool of funds based on25 per cent of the per student costs in government schools, which is added to the Commonwealth funding, which can be as high 70 per cent of such costs.
Posted by Chris C, Thursday, 17 March 2016 7:08:11 PM
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