1. Editorial [Maxwell Newton], “State aid and the privileged,” The Australian, October 21, 1964, p. 10. Excerpt: “How can the churches behind these schools calm their Christian consciences or steady their trembling hands held out for Commonwealth gold?”
  2. The free & compulsory education sacred cows have no clothes — Collecting five Bert Kelly articles: “Should we continue to educate the unwilling?,” The Australian Financial Review, October 9, 1970, p. 3; “Can we judge students by the amount of hair on their heads?,” The Australian Financial Review, November 13, 1970, p. 3; “No pity for the poor graduates,” The Australian Financial Review, January 14, 1972, p. 3; “So why not learn now, pay later?,” The Australian Financial Review, July 21, 1972, p. 3; and “The sacred education cow has had her day,” The Australian Financial Review, April 28, 1978, p. 3.
  3. Greg Lindsay, “Where has the choice gone …,” freeEnterprise, April, 1975, pp. 6-7. Excerpt: “Education by the state is not just, it is not free and, most of all, it is not in the interests of those being educated — it serves the purposes of the state only. That is their justification ultimately for the imposition of their coercive educational institutions.”
  4. Shit State Subsidised Socialist Schooling Should Cease Says Singo — John Singleton, “The day the parents became citizens,” Nation Review, August 6-12, 1976, p. 1044. Excerpt: “There is only one thing wrong with our whole education system and this is our whole education system.” And: “As there is no profit incentive in the education system, it is monolithic, incompetent and generally not worth pissing on.”
  5. John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia (Stanmore: Cassell Australia, 1977), pp. 34-35, under “Causes — Not Symptoms”. Excerpt: “The root cause of most of the problems in education today is the fact that it is compulsory. Thus, the simple spending of more and more money and modifying the details of the system won’t solve the fundamental problems.”
  6. John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia (Stanmore: Cassell Australia, 1977), pp. 83-87, under the heading “Education”. Excerpt: “If you owned a store, and the government guaranteed that a certain number of people would, every day, spend a certain amount of money in your store, what would happen? (Assuming that the amount you would receive was enough to satisfy you.) What would happen to your store, your service and your attitude? Nothing is what. And that is the situation in our schools. The teachers are guaranteed classes. The schools are guaranteed customers by the zoning regulations and compulsory attendance laws. As a result, there is no market function relating what is offered by way of facilities, teachers and syllabuses to the demands of the market. We are forced to accept what we get. This is why compulsory schooling has to go.”
  7. Our kids will get homework, so let’s first give them schoolwork — Sir Roderick Carnegie, “To Convince Our Children,” a talk to The Queensland Confederation of Industry, The Gateway Inn, Brisbane, March 1, 1979.
  8. Maxwell Newton measures bullshit tertiary schooling — Maxwell Newton, “The Failure of Education,” Australian Penthouse, March 1980, pp. 44-52. Excerpt: “There is an elitism in the dogma that we must all have a tertiary education if we want one.”
  9. Greg Sheridan, “The lies they teach our children: Vipers in the nation’s classrooms,” The Weekend Australian, February 2-3, 1985, p. 1, 12. Excerpt: “All around the country, teachers are giving our children a diet of intellectual poison … Australian students are receiving the worst education possible: plenty of moral anger and little intellectual substance.”
  10. Paddy McGuinness on class sizes — “More teachers won’t solve the problems in our schools,” The Weekend Australian, October 13-14, 1990, p. 2; “Best and less the call for schools,” The Weekend Australian, June 8-9, 1991, p. 2; and “A new angle on teaching,” The Sydney Morning Herald, December 24, 1994, p. 14.
  11. John Hyde, “Our kids don’t deserve such nonsense,” The Weekend Australian, June 13-14, 1992, p. 24. Starring Ron Manners.
  12. Paddy McGuinness proposes inheritance tax equal to handouts received by deceased — “Take from the dead to give to the living,” The Weekend Australian, July 17-18, 1993, p. 2.
  13. Ronald Kitching, “Teaching My Kids to Read and Write,” Economics.org.au, March 3, 2011. Mr Kitching wrote this in 1995, but I believe it was only privately circulated. There are some nice comments at the end of the article.
  14. Benjamin Marks, “Government Schools Teach Fascism Perfectly,” Economics.org.au, July 13, 2010. Opening line: “Government schools teach fascism perfectly. It is time that think tanks, business and parents achieve the same success at their end.”
  15. Benjamin Marks, “CIS and IPA Defend State Schooling,” Economics.org.au, September 21, 2010.
  16. Benjamin Marks, “Quadrant Defends State Schooling,” Economics.org.au, October 3, 2010.