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My Opinion Pieces

Age Melbourne - 'Education State'? They're kidding us

Age Melbourne 9 February 2018 In September 2015, the Andrews Labor government launched new student performance targets as part of its so-called ‘‘Education State’’ slogan. However, since then, they have remained very quiet about how schools and kids are performing.No wonder ...
  Friday, 9 February 2018

Herald Sun: Basics are the way forward

Herald Sun 27 January 2018The Andrews Government and its ideological cheer squad proved how out of touch they are with mainstream values by attacking the Liberal Nationals School Education Values statement. Extraordinarily, the Coalition was accused of “fear mongering” because we ...
  Saturday, 27 January 2018

Herald Sun: Gang crisis points to a range of failures

Monday 8 January 2018 Herald Sun Gang crisis points to a range of failuresPolice Minister Lisa Neville finally admitted last week that Melbourne has a serious African youth gang crisis. It has been obvious for some time that we have a significant problem with some African — and other youths ...
  Monday, 8 January 2018

Herald Sun: If the system fails, then kids will fail, too.

Herald Sun 13 December 2017AUSTRALIAN students should be taught to be proud of this nation’s democratic heritage and society. But the lack of knowledge that grade 6 and year 10 students have of citizenship and civics is deeply concerning.A test, conducted by the Australian Curriculum and ...
  Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Age Melbourne: Left Views Dominate the Classroom

Age Melbourne 20 November 2017Recently I was quoted in The Age regarding the recent VCE English exam andhowone of its sections read like a green-left newsletter.I also brought attention to the perceived over-emphasis of green issues in the broader humanitiescurriculum.Of course these comments ...
  Monday, 20 November 2017

Herald Sun: Early years is the time to teach basics

Herald Sun 6 November 2017The revelations in the Herald Sun about the sex education curriculum for primary school children, Catching on Early, will concern parents. The explicit nature of material for students as young as seven belong in an X-rated movie, not in grades 2 and 3 classrooms.It shows a ...
  Monday, 6 November 2017

The Australian: UNTRAMMELLED GROWTH RISKS CHOKING OUR CAPITALS We need a decentralisation policy...

THE AUSTRALIAN 19 June 2017Victoria is the fastest growing state in the nation because of the remarkable population growth inits capital. From congested roads to overcrowded public transport, energy, housing affordability and public safety, managing Australia’s most rapid population growth is ...
  Friday, 9 June 2017

The Australian: Forget the niche issues, just give us proper roads and rail

The Australian 27 February 2017In 1891, at the end of Melbourne’s first property boom, the nation’s original capital was the largest city in Australia with almost half a million inhabitants.It consti­tuted 42 per cent of Victoria’s population and, as Geoffrey Blainey observed, ...
  Monday, 27 February 2017

Herald Sun: Victoria must be a state of cities, not just a city state

Herald Sun 14 November 2016VICTORIA’S population growth of more than 100,000 people a year is the greatest challenge facing our city and our state. All of Melbourne’s problems are intrinsically linked to this growth, and it requires a government of vision and purpose to adequately ...
  Monday, 14 November 2016

SPECTATOR AUSTRALIA: High farce and monstrous hypocrisy

SPECTATOR AUSTRALIA 8 October 2016Earlier this year, I wrote in these pages that ‘Victorians are suffering under the most ideologically left wing government in the country…’ I warned that ‘if Andrews’ first year is anything to go by Victorians need to buckle up and ...
  Saturday, 8 October 2016
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