Comments on ABC Unleashed program “Public funding for private education?”, 2/07/2009, http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2611162.htm
Although there could be arguments for both for and against public funding to private schools, the balance should be on against it. Government has the responsibility to fund education for all with equal opportunities.
Given that public schools are available to all school aged children including those who or their parents choose to private schools, public funding available for public schools and quasi public schools are the most appropriate course of policy. Those who choose to go to private schools are free to choose and are not excluded from potential public funding of public school.
It is, however, a different issue when it comes to funding to schools that are partially private, like those catholic schools. The government should provide partial funding to those schools to make up the funding shortfalls.