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PM commits to "absolute sovereignty of parental choice"


Prime Minister John Howard said during his visit to a Brisbane Catholic school yesterday, that the Coalition is "passionately committed to the "absolute sovereignty of parental choice".

He was speaking at Our Lady of the Way school at Petrie in Brisbane, where he also said he does not think many private or Catholic schools are wealthy.

He said: "All parents made sacrifices to educate their children and all deserve assistance."

Mr Howard has promised all parents, regardless of their income education rebates to cover any education related expense.

The Brisbane Catholic school was the latest stop on Prime Minister John Howard's election trail as he pitched his $6.3 billion spurge on education.

The Australian reports today that Mr Howard said he does not think many private or Catholic schools are wealthy and that the Coalition is "passionately committed to the "absolute sovereignty of parental choice".

"All parents made sacrifices to educate their children and all deserved assistance," Howard said.

Mr Howard has promised all parents, regardless of their income education rebates to cover any education related expense. Labor's rival $2.3 billion school rebate plan is means-tested and designed to cover a more limited range of education expenses.

Last month, Cardinal George Pell publicly endorsed Labor's new schools policy as a repudiation of the party's education platform under Mr Latham. In the 2004 election campaign, Pell condemned Labor's policy of stripping funding from wealthy private schools.

SOURCE
Rudd's classroom warfare (The Australian, 14/11/07)

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14 Nov 2007