Abandon public students at your peril

The Prime Minister's latest thought bubble on taxation by the states is a major overstretch.

If he is serious then he is drawing the battle lines on Oakley Sunglasses Outlet Clearance Sale a very sensitive topic, that of education.

To suggest that the Commonwealth would walk away from funding public education, but maintain support for the private sector, will only help to reinforce the opinion that Mr Turnbull has lost touch with the real world.

And in the lead up to a potential mid year double dissolution election, it won't make the job any easier for his Coalition colleagues.

No doubt his alma mater Sydney Grammar and others of that ilk will continue to do well, or even better if funding is split.

But for a state like Tasmania which is already struggling to improve its education standards then it would mean even more pressure to balance the budget for schools.

Tasmania's education outcomes are already impacted by the high number of disadvantaged students, and those in the system say a change away from Federal funding could mean an end to needs based funding. In the end those who need the most help will be forgotten because the money won't be there.

Mr Turnbull and at least his Education Minister Simon Birmingham seem to think it could potentially improve spending on public education by the states.

However, the PM and his Treasurer Scott Morrison Oakley Sunglasses Outlet Clearance Sale are on the record as saying that allowing the states and territories to collect income tax wouldn't increase the overall tax take, at least in the short to medium term.

If that's the case, then there won't be any more in the pot for public education.

They contend that the states would somehow manage the funds provided for education in a better way if they were collecting the dollars. But surely the source of the funds won't matter. And with that in mind, if they aren't happy with the way the states are spending education dollars at present, then step in and do something about it.

At the moment the Commonwealth has the opportunity as the chief funding body, which also gives it the chance to have the most influence.

If the Prime Minister and his Discount Oakley Sunglasses Outlet Cheap team have issues with education then they should get it out in the open and come up with solutions in tandem with Discount Oakley Sunglasses Outlet Cheap the states.

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