The first major review of education in this country for decades, concluding that a new funding regime is needed to ensure more equitable access of quality education and that funding should increase across all sectors, was apparently not nearly as important to our journals of record as playing up to the egos of some Munchausening backbenchers who apparently cannot do the arithmetic on how many seats are required to remain in government but who nonetheless think they’ve got the numbers to spill Gillard.
I’m not going to add up the column inches, but “febrile leadership speculation” easily outran Gonski coverage by a shameful margin.
In the event that the factional rumps within the ALP do actually decide to commit electoral suicide and force a general election well over a year before the minority government’s term ends (in which case the ALP would deserve to fall apart and leave room for a more relevant political party), hands up who thinks that the change in leadership will make much difference to decisions that need to be made about education policy right now?
Most of Australia’s MSM seems bound and determined to just keep on screeching for us to look at the Big Distracting Thing instead of holding up actual policy decisions to adequate scrutiny.
If you want to read some adequate scrutiny, check out Laura Tingle in the AFR.