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Challenging the dominant discourses of the state aid debate

Thomson, Pat and Reid, Alan 2003, Challenging the dominant discourses of the state aid debate, Change : transformations in education, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 19-33.

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Title Challenging the dominant discourses of the state aid debate
Author(s) Thomson, Pat
Reid, Alan
Journal name Change : transformations in education
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 33
Total pages 8
Publisher University of Sydney, Faculty of Education and Social Work
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2003-05
ISSN 1441-9319
Summary The state aid debate is one of the longest running and most intractable issues in the public policy sphere in Australia. Recent decisions by the Commonwealth government to increase funding to private schools has reignited the debate. But the traditional defences of public education have proved inadequate to the task of hanging the course of current neo-liberal education policy trajectories. As the percentage of students attending private schools continues to grow, and as the spectre of a residualised public education system looms larger, so the need to rethink Australian public education becomes a more urgent project. In this paper we analyse what is happening and why; identify a range of concerns from the standpoint of a social democratic educational agenda; and theorise some possible strategies which might be pursued by those committed to a vibrant public schooling
system in Australia.
Language eng
Field of Research 160506 Education Policy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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