Education is central to our society, and how political parties construct policies and plans for the funding educational institutions is undoubtedly one of the influencing factors in determining which party is more popular.
In light of this, it is common for organisations and members of the public to lobby for better outcomes for certain causes. Recently, we have seen Catholic and independent school leaders leading a call for better allocations of funding for their respective schools.
Catholic school leaders have disclosed that prior to the recent Longman by-election, direct appeals were made to parents which may have contributed to the fall in support for the Liberal party. Plans to do the same at general elections have also been revealed if the demand for funding isn’t met.
Such demands have the potential to disturb the government’s goal of allocating taxpayer money fairly by funding each school as much as it needs.
This disruption is a drawback to the implementation of a smarter policy across educational funding in schools. At the moment, there are 2.5 million students at public government schools, 760 000 in Catholic schools, and 604, 000 students at independent schools.
Given that the majority of students rely on the public school system, the allocation of funding towards these institutions is essential. However, Catholic and independent schools are not seeming to budge in this debate over educational funding.
The government has actually committed to significant funding plans to the educational system, being on track to spend over $240 million over the next ten years.
The increase in lobbying led by independent and Catholic school leaders indicates a desire to obtain a higher portion of the funding rollout.
Ultimately, such efforts demonstrate a resistance against moving to a new plan for educational funding. The resolution of such efforts may be a higher cut in funding to accommodate for the transition.