Spring is coming–and resisting an urge to pontificate…

But when Tony Abbott says something as silly as this it is hard to resist.

THE Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, has gone into damage control after telling an education forum that the high level of public funding public schools receive is an injustice.

Addressing a meeting of the Independent Schools Council of Australia yesterday, Mr Abbott stressed the Coalition’s opposition to the Gonski review’s recommendation to overhaul school funding.

”Overall, the 66 per cent of Australian school students who attend public schools get 79 per cent of government funding,” he said. ”The 34 per cent of Australians who attend independent schools get just 21 per cent of government funding.

”So there is no question of injustice to public schools here. If anything, the injustice is the other way.”…

Given that the supposition that government should give anything at all to private schools escaped the notice of all Australian governments between the 1880s and 1960s… How a bit of industrial thuggery by some nuns in Goulburn led to a change of attitude is recalled by Gerard Henderson today. Whatever, we have been accepting of helping out those who choose not to be part of what their taxes provide for decades now and that won’t change. But that in no way makes Abbott’s equation in any way sensible. In fact, wouldn’t “equal” dibs all round actually load the scales in favour of private schools with their additional sources of income?

And then I could talk about Julian Assange, but I’ll let Peter Hartcher have the floor on that. He’s quite right. Finally, this is well worth a look: The sham “terrorism expert” industry.

Now to nicer things from or near The Bates Motel.