Christopher Pyne would prefer it had remained a secret that taxpayers don’t get value for money by funding private schools (“My School fuels politics of envy”, The Australian, 26/3).
His defence that any form of education must be tax-funded because “[e]veryone pays taxes” is perversely socialist and specious: can anyone who builds a road on their own property have it paid for out of the public purse?
No government is obliged to fund everyone’s personal philosophies. In the case of religion, our Constitution forbids it. That Australian governments fund private schools is an anomaly which My Schools has brought into focus, and it is too late for Pyne to put the cat back in the bag.