Primary school visa scam to choke housing, schools

By Leith van Onselen

I wrote a damning article last week on how the Turnbull Government has opened a new immigration floodgate that allows international primary school students and their guardians to access Australian schools and purchase Australian property ahead of achieving permanent residency.

Today, The AFR has featured a new report from buyers agency, Secret Agent, predicting that the visa changes will significantly boost demand for properties in good primary school zones:

The new regime that makes it easier to send children as young as six to primary school in Australia will boost the demand for property from parents in cities such as Beijing for homes in Melbourne…

“The price of properties in good school zones will continue to accelerate,” the report says. “We could also see prime inner city properties start to become acquisition targets. Many of these period homes have been ‘off limits’ to the foreign purchaser. This may no longer be the case”…

“It opens up everything, not just to brand new or off-the-plan properties,” said Secret Agent founder Paul Osborne. “It’s going to change the composition a little bit of the types of properties that are required.”

Seriously, you could not dream of a worse policy than this.

As I noted last time, primary schools in “good school zones” are already bursting at the seams. Meanwhile, Australia’s biggest cities, which is where most migrants arrive, are already struggling to digest a decade of rampant population growth (immigration), which has clogged their roads, trains, and reduced residents’ overall amenity.

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And yet the government wants to add more immigrant fuel to the fire, just so that it keeps a floor under Australia’s already ridiculously expensive house values.

Where is the additional federal investment in schools and infrastructure to keep up with the migrant influx? And where is the consideration of impacts on Australia’s existing residents – especially young families struggling to buy a home and put their children through schooling?

Is this what Australia has been reduced to: flogging land, houses and visas to wealthy Chinese? Is this what Turnbull really means by his “innovation agenda”? Surely we can do better.

If you care about this issue, Vote 1 Sustainable Australia Party in the Senate in the upcoming Federal Election.

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Comments

  1. wasabinatorMEMBER

    Anyone looking to buy in Melbourne, cross out any notion of living in Carnegie, McKinnon, Caulfield areas (those are just the hot spots I know of). Funny (read: sad) thing is that McKinnon has been looking at shrinking the school zone due to too many applicants. Funny that! It’s going to head straight into the absurd. I guess I should take the hint and leave the country before my child starts prep next year while the opportunity remains.

    • Anyone living in Melbourne (or any State for that matter) should be hammering their local ALP and Greens candidate or member as to why they are not raising this as a fundamental issue for the local community.

      Priority given to Australian citizens to ensure they have …

      Access to affordable housing.
      Access to schools.

      Start writing and phoning your local candidates today !

    • Strange Economics

      School zoning is already another real estate speculation – The state governments should change it to a lottery within 10 km or similar.
      The other reason they want the foreign students is that the govt not the schools gets fees from them, which is a semi-privatisation. Unfortuately then with zoning, the zoning starts to shrink. The govt takes the stamp duty profits, and only invests little of it back.

      • Strange Economics

        Brexit time? Lets think of a country where the RE was sold to foreign oligarchs , the FIRE industry boomed for the FIRE elites, had unlimited immigration (the same no per year as Australia), which pricing all out of rent and houses, and crowded out of public schools by zones, and unaffordable private schools for foreigh students, and dropping GDP per person in the cause of growth – Is this Australia or Britain.
        But in Britain the 1% were silly enough to ask all for a vote. Lucky both major parties here (except maybe the Greens) support the FIRE consensus, especially our hard right friends and the RE lobby. And yet we can’t remove Neg Gearing or the sky will fall?

  2. This is even more poorly thought out then the changes to the foreign investment rules by the then Labor Government in 2008. Who the hell was demanding this policy change one has to ask? Lets just disadvantage Australian kids even more by giving preference to rich foreign beneficiaries.

    • House prices will keep on going up. They will do whatever it takes to keep that going for as long as possible! Simples!

    • Strange Economics

      Easy. Hard Right Delcons, the RE industry, the large companies for more sales, the state govts looking to easy stamp duty money. All the best donors ! Lower GDP per capita and crowded schools in inner city Labour electorates don’t count.

  3. So, which of our politicians are opposing this?

    Labor? Greens?

    Labor and Greens are the problem. Get rid of them, get politicians that represent Australians.

    • reusachtigeMEMBER

      I’m with you homeboy! Vote Liberals so that we can continue our great ride of wealth creation!!

    • Last time I checked it is the liberals that run the government. And that you have come unhinged from reality with your all-but-liberal hate.

      • I’ll try and walk you through the perfect logic as opposed to “unhinged from reality”

        There’s a hundred people

        43 always vote LNP and always will

        43 always vote Labor and always will

        7 always vote Greens and always will

        7 are swinging voters

        Most of the swinging voters can’t vote for Labor or Greens because of their border policy. We get LNP, It’s pretty simple stuff to understand.

  4. ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

    My son and daughter go to the same public prumary school I went to in the late 70s in a once working class area. (WestRyde/Ermington)
    Its weird to see the contrast in vehicle types between the Chinese and NonChinese parents dropping of their kids to school.
    Lots of brand new Range Rovers, Porsche Cayennes and other cars worth over 100k driven by the Chinese parents (lots of them displaying “p”plates!),… and everyone else driving the more modest types of cars driven by the working and lower middle-class.

    Some parents at their school cant even aford to own run a car.

    Fairness issues aside,…Its just an odd thing to witness every day.

    • You sir are mistaken… The P plates are because the drivers are the personal chuffers… An 18 year old on 457 visa.

    • SchillersMEMBER

      EP, is the school in question public or private? If it’s a state school, what fees do the overseas students pay, if any? What taxes do their parents pay in Australia, if any? What contributions, value etc. do they make to Australia? If the answers are sweet fa, then why the hell are we allowing it?

    • GunnamattaMEMBER

      You wanna know something?

      I am home from work today (sick) and drove my kid to school (circa 600 metres – it is nippy here today). I bought a 2010 model LPG Commodore when I came back to Australia in 2012, have slapped 100k on it, runs fine, never missed a service, would probably give me another 200k no worries.

      We get half way to school and pull up in heavyish traffic.

      My son lets rip with ‘Dad, do you think we should get a nicer car? William’s dad has a BMW”

      • Sure son, but for that, you’ll have to get cracking on 4 night-shift temp jobs, along with going to school. Then let me know how much more you’ll enjoy the 600m drive in on of them new BMWs …

      • Kudos to you Gunna! Sooner than later your son will grow to understand that keeping up with the Joneses doesn’t get you anywhere in life. I have friends and family who live for that shit , owing expensive flash cars when they are living week to week on their wages… Appalling and will end in tears…

      • reusachtigeMEMBER

        Good on your son! He understand that in Australia life is about getting ahead!!

      • Ha. Wait till he comes home reporting young William’s new investment property. Then you’re really up against it Gunna.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        My 8yr old daughter greatly dislikes being dropped of at school in my Plumbing ute (the boy thinks its cool).

        I tell her that it is not our culture to celebrate ostentatious displays of wealth and that, if fact such displays are uncouth, uncultured and against our proud egalitarian heratige.

        She responds with (pounced incorrectly)
        “Well I want to be ostentatious!” And sticks her tongue out at me, leaving the car with her school bag.

        God dammed Consumerism!.

      • Well, when it comes to our daughters and consumerism, we can claim to be a complete success! To a T they HATE shopping full-stop. They refuse to buy branded products and don’t like being “told” how they should look/dress/behave by social media/advertising etc.

        Ah well, had to have done something right in my life.

    • drsmithyMEMBER

      In most circumstances I’d consider a public school where a student was as likely to be dropped off by a new Ferrari as a twenty year old Corolla to be a roaring success in social policy.

      But I’m not sure the right circumstances are at play here.

  5. you forgot LNP is now proposing allowing 5 year continuous stay for any parents of aussie residents, not just parent visa applicants. This will allow they to remain in Australia for a very long time… Effectively a population Ponzi scheme.

    Labor’s proposal is that parents have to have lodged a concurrent permanant migration visa, and the duration is limited to 3 years.

    http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/article/2016/06/22/coalition-promises-5-years-continuous-stay-visa-parents

    Being the elderly, the parents are expected to be a net drain on the health system even if they are forced to buy private health insurance. This will drive up premiums for everyone, as well as private health care rebate cost for the government as a result.

    • I don’t see a problem with this, so long as they are parents of ADULT residents. Those people normally end up looking after children, allowing their parents to work. You don’t need two years of specialist education to look after a small child (as the government now requires). Anyone who has raised their own child to adulthood can do it. Australia’s rules in terms of making elderly visitors or migrants to pay their way into the health system are very rational. Compare the US system – where a 65 year old migrant who has not paid a day of income tax receives government healthcare absolutely free, but a 30 year old who is working and paying taxes gets nothing.

      • Sure… If the parents actually qualify and queue up for permanent migration. LNP proposal will be open to parents of all residents, even if they don’t qualify for queueing for PR. Also health insurance is not that expensive for them… Between $213 and $540 per month for couples cover.

  6. Who do I vote for to stop this? hahahah. What a farcical situation Australia finds itself in.

    Socialists gone too far have destroyed Australia because we just can’t vote for them, leaving LNP to turn our country into a rich and the rest society.

    Pull your heads in socialists and look after Australians. Get rid of open welfare and open borders, get some power and fix Australia.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Could you explain to us how “Socialists” have “destroyed” Australia, Richard.

      Like me and most of my friends and associates, including many foreign born one’s,….share your concern over “wealth imigration” being pumped to levels that disadvantage the majority of the population.

      You sir seem to be in emotional turmoil at the realization (it sounds like only recently) that your former party of choice, the party of stopping the boats and concentration camps for refo’s,….is the primary instigator and champion of what you most detest (Mass Immigration). They were never batting for you Richard, and yet I bet you have loudly advocated for them on many occasions, pretending to be one of “them”, when “they” would never really have you.
      Its a class thing,… get over it.

      You can’t have a “Just” State, without a Wealfare state.

      Solidarity, my fellow traveler.

      • Nope. I have never had allegiance to a party. I hate them all.

        My message has been entirely consistent and it puzzles me that people don’t understand it.

        It is simple to understand. Greens or Labor can’t be voted for by a huge number of people because of their open border policy and over the top welfare, leaving us LNP to fill Australia with rich migrants neither Greens nor Labor oppose either (in any meaningful way)…..

        I thought I said it in the above post as well……”because we just can’t vote for them, leaving LNP to turn our country into a rich and the rest society.”

      • You sir seem to be in emotional turmoil at the realization (it sounds like only recently) I’ve always been like this. I got banned, came back, nothing’s changed and now I’m fired up again watching my kids country be destroyed by LNP and Labor.

        You can’t have a “Just” State, without a Wealfare state I’ll tell you what you can’t have, welfare for unlimited number of people. Australia has a certain amount of wealth, everyone reading here knows that, it can’t be shared infinitely. The more people, the less for each of us, and you can guarantee, the lowest will cop it in the neck. Is that what Greens want?

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        OK, Sorry about that.

        So I ask again,…how have “the Socialists”, “destroyed” Australia? And when did this happen?

        Brother

      • “Greens or Labor can’t be voted for by a huge number of people because of their open border policy and over the top welfare, leaving us LNP to fill Australia with rich migrants neither Greens nor Labor oppose either (in any meaningful way)”

        Of course you can vote for the greens or anyone you like. If they won power and they formed government, the liberals/labour would hold the balance of power in the senate (a more terrifying prospect than them actually governing) and would never let that kind of legislation past. The greens would be forced to the right.

        The two major parties no longer deserve our trust, its also more fun to make the parties work for your vote. Australia would be a better place if everyone was a swinging voter and every electorate was marginal.

      • There’s a hundred people

        43 always vote LNP and always will

        43 always vote Labor and always will

        7 always vote Greens and always will

        7 are swinging voters

        Most of the swinging voters can’t vote for Labor or Greens because of their border policy. We get LNP, It’s pretty simple stuff to understand..

      • Umm, Labor absolutely do not have an ‘open border’ policy. They were the party that started mandatory detention for asylum seekers back in the early 90s. You’ve bought into Liberal party & Shock Jock bullsh!t if you think otherwise.

      • FiftiesFibroShack

        You sir seem to be in emotional turmoil at the realization (it sounds like only recently) that your former party of choice, the party of stopping the boats and concentration camps for refo’s,….is the primary instigator and champion of what you most detest (Mass Immigration).

        The LNP played these suckers while they went about doing the work of people they really represent. No wonder he tries to blame “socialists” for everything, it protects him from having to acknowledge culpability. While right wing governments can rely on being able to manipulate reactionary simpletons they will continue to be elected regardless of the majority of their policies being harmful to these dopes.

        I guess they can always make some papier mâché shelter out of their old copies of the Daily Telegraph – just not in a good school zone!

        Suckers.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        “I guess they can always make some papier mâché shelter out of their old copies of the Daily Telegraph”

        Ha ha, well played sir.

      • FiftiesFibroShack

        “No wonder he tries to blame “socialists” for everything, it protects him from having to acknowledge culpability”

        Congratulations for failing to comprehend what I’m saying, despite having said it ten different ways, every kid in preschool would have received.

    • What socialists are you talking about? The ones pushing for open borders, open societies, freedom of movement for people and capital, etc are Neoliberals, the exact OPPOSITE of socialists.

      Guys like George Soros. Classic Neoliberal. Strongly in favour of high immigration to the west and strongly opposed to Brexit. NOT SOCIALIST!

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoliberalism
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Society_Foundations

      The key sign of socialism is nationalisation of businesses and workers owning the means of production. We are far, far, far away from that.

      • The socialists that I’m talking about are the ones failing to oppose the neoliberals through fear of seeming racist.

        My message is simple. Oppose LNP effectively and aggressively or get the fk out of the way and let another environmental/fairness for Australians party flourish.

        Greens are doing more harm than good to young Australians and the environment. Go and read some of the naive idiot comments by those that vote Green just because.

    • the money laundering outfit Black Diamondz will be showing mainland chinese families around existing Australian properties as it always has, no changes to their current business practices

  7. Can anyone actually point me to the official policy announcement, detail etc. This should be raised in msm and a petition or similar should be started. Simply outrageous.

      • “Greens or Labor can’t be voted for by a huge number of people because of their open border policy and over the top welfare, leaving us LNP to fill Australia with rich migrants neither Greens nor Labor oppose either (in any meaningful way)”

        Of course you can vote for the greens or anyone you like. If they won power and they formed government, the liberals/labour would hold the balance of power in the senate (a more terrifying prospect than them actually governing) and would never let that kind of legislation past. The greens would be forced to the right.

        The two major parties no longer deserve our trust, its also more fun to make the parties work for your vote. Australia would be a better place if everyone was a swinging voter and every electorate was marginal.

      • HFW

        The two major parties no longer deserve our trust, its also more fun to make the parties work for your vote. Australia would be a better place if everyone was a swinging voter and every electorate was marginal.

        Great comment. I agree entirely. We need far better than Greens to do it. They won’t oppose our biggest problem, 300 thousand population growth a year.

    • I made a number of restrained MSM comments about this just after the SBS episode aired. Every single one of them was pulled!

      • Ditto. The scam continues because the media are in bed with the money makers LNP, while Greens stand back and say nothing.

  8. why has no journo asked what the positions of the major parties are??

    another reason I am voting for radical independents in the election

    no consultation, no public discussion…

    what a joke we have become, it is purely everyone for themselves in this society

    • IMO, an Independent with integrity or Sustainable Australia are by far our best option in this election.

      The most damaging for Australia is voting Green that clearly don’t oppose anything that hurts us.

  9. Haha lucky I live in a ghetto these immigrants don’t like… Too many black fellas. but they love the surrounding suburbs.

    • Your turn will come. They’ll surround it and creep in making prices too high for the locals.

  10. Good Lord, where the f&&k is the Labor Party on this issue ??? This is an absolute vote winning policy for them to campaign against.

    “The Liberal Party’s reckless, half-baked policy is going to make it even harder for working Australians to access the housing market, and get their children into their local primary school. This is an attack on the most basic rights of Australian citizens. “

    • Too many marginal electorates with chinese populations now. Look at the inner east all the way out to far east in Melbourne (i.e. Burwood to Boronia). All chinese. The campaign could backfire easily. The Greens, however can’t resolve thsi with their idiocracy rfugee policy as the electorate is too dumb to understand the difference between refugee and migrant.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        “Too dumb to understand the difference between refugee and migrant”

        – Sigh.

      • On the whole, the Chinese in this country are not going to vote Labor anyway.

        There are plenty of conservative seats in Queensland ripe for the taking with a clear call to prioritise the rights of Australian citizens above foreign buyers.

        The concept of visas for six year old and existing housing buying rights for their guardians is beyond treacherous. This is a key part of the wholesale selling out of our country to the Chinese.

        The Liberal Party means to sell this country’s citizens out to the Chinese. Plain and simple.

      • Ronin8317MEMBER

        I’m pretty sure the Chinese Australian is against this as well : they’re in the same situation of being crowded out from their local primary school.

      • “Too many marginal electorates with chinese populations now.”

        So, tipping point has been reached?

      • I’m not sure how Chinese in Australia vote, my guess is the ABC’s vote Labor, while the Chinese born bananas vote Liberal.

      • @ CB Rode past the Aussie Embassy in Beijing on my bike yesterday late morning. Young Chinese working out the front in red ALP shirts. No signs of the Liberal party.

  11. reusachtigeMEMBER

    Oh stop whinging! This will help increase the value of all our homes so that we are better off. The flow on affect out into the burbs will be great for investors. If you don’t like it move out to Dubbo or Broken Hill like the Aboriginals did when they didn’t like it. Boom times ahead in housing! Have you missed out by listening to the forever wrongs like that “don’t buy now” dude?

  12. If this is true I hope Leigh Sales gives Malcolm as hard a time over it as she gave Shorten the other night. It was the most aggressive, partisan interview I have ever seen Sales do.

    • That interview was an absolute disgrace.

      The main problem I have with a wannabe hardhead like Sales is not so much that she is biased, it is that she entirely lacks the intellectual wherewithal to even begin to analyse an issue. She is absolutely obsessed with the “Gotcha !” moment, above all other consideration of a meaningful analysis and discussion of relevant issues. She is just hopeless, unable to rise above the most clichéd and shallow line of inquiry.

      • reusachtigeMEMBER

        Not biased at all, Labor deserve what they get! The ABC is biased against Malcolm Turnball though. Vote Liberal, they are the only party that will help everything get to it’s final conclusion, ie, boom times ahead in housing and lower teh interest rates!

      • Yeah, just can’t get enough of your one line about the housing market and good looking people. Hilarious.

        .

      • ” She is absolutely obsessed with the “Gotcha !” moment, above all other consideration of a meaningful analysis and discussion of relevant issues.”

        Modern politics.

  13. This country is going to hell in a hand basket. It is run by the elites for the elites. What an absolute disgrace.

    • It doesn’t add up for me though. Sure, incompetent and corrupt leaders the world over put themselves first. Stalin, Mao etcetera however wouldn’t think of handing their dominion over to a foreign power for SFA. Australia’s powermongers are betraying their subjects even worse than those despots in the long term.

    • Any idea where I can meet and marry one of these elites.
      I’m not one myself, you see.
      Mum and Dad didn’t have the foresight to ensure that their Mum and Dad were part of the group.
      Rather selfish really.
      So, a bit about myself.
      I’m 35.
      Assett and debt free.
      Apart from that whole HECS thing.
      I thought I’d better myself.
      I did get a job with my degree.
      Now I earn below the median wage.
      It is a technical job with numbers.
      I know, communications and marketing would have served me better.
      The jokes on me.
      I’m white, if that makes the family a bit more comfortable when you introduce me.
      I’m also a citizen, if that helps.
      Not too interested in the chaps but then this isn’t really for love.
      Cheerio.

      • Do you have red hair? They love Rangas apparently. Scarcity……good luck charm kind of thing I’m told.

      • LOL. Should work OK for the Koreans, not so sure about the Chinese though. You’ll get found out eventually if you’re lucky enough…….

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        “Do you have red hair? They love Rangas”

        I dont know about that one,….Im lead to believe that they (Copper caps) are universally considered to be suspicious and untrustworthy individuals.
        Some go as far to suggest they have no souls!

        http://youtu.be/EY39fkmqKBM

        Would you want your daughter to marry this unhinged ginger?

        Above clip up to 40+ million hits !!!
        Clearly more debate is needed to asertain the trustworthyness of these type of “people”

      • Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but based on my observations of the marring habits of elite Chinese businessmen, frankly at 35 and white you’ve got Buckley’s chance.
        These days I find it embarrassing when I meet with Chinese friends I’ve known for 20 and 30 years and they turn up at the restaurant with some giggling girl that barely out of high school. Frankly they seem to be competing, with each other, to see who can date the youngest, dumbest bit or arm candy imaginable.

  14. This policy is very dispiriting on a number of levels. First, the policy itself. Second, the ideology that underpins such a policy. Third, the almost complete absence of any mainstream media coverage or critical questioning of this action by the government.

  15. reusachtigeMEMBER

    This post and the comments are racialist. Learn to love the Chinaman! Choose to lose or choose to profit!! Real Aussies don’t whinge, they work out how to make money out of every situation.

    • moderate mouse

      +1 Get on board or get out of the way! Asians love alcohol, and they love sex….what’s not to like? The more sexy Asian women walking around the better I say!!

  16. This is a more than usually idiotic policy.

    It’s hard to see it having any result other than creating and increasing public support for tightened immigration laws, to the extent that about the only way it can be understood is if Malcolm is secretly anti-immigration and is actually trying to white ant big Australia from within.

    • reusachtigeMEMBER

      Nah, most people don’t give a sh1t. They’re too busy doing stuff with their lives.

      • Yep. Too busy basking in the glory of their house prices going up caused by all the extra cashed up immigrants taking up the new visa class.

  17. Stewie GriffinMEMBER

    And I note that both parties have decided not to debate immigration… bipartisan support NOT to discuss something that affects us all and in which the majority of Australians are concerned about.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/federal-election-2016-coalition-labor-back-away-from-health-immigration-debates-20160623-gpqil1.html

    Now that the mining Boom has ended, both parties have turned towards mining our quality of life.

  18. As Principal at our kids school in Canberra told Mrs Nut, sadly, many schools need the extra dollars attached to foreign fee paying students. All that extra funding state and federal governments rarely gets to the front line educators, soaked up by policy walahs, consultants etc. So as not to let a little thing like class sizes come between a politican, a bucket of money and a housing ponzi to support, the ACT Government simply redefines class sizes and space allocations and presto, over crowded schools are now free to stuff more kids, fee paying preferably into them!

    ACT government changes definition of capacity, making classes seem less crowded

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-government-changes-definition-of-capacity-making-classes-seem-less-crowded-20160615-gpjf7p.html

  19. I find it hilarious people blame a shark for biting a surfer.

    I find it equally hilarious people want to blame LNP for looking after their rich constituents.

    Your problems aren’t LNP. Your problems are Greens and Labor not opposing LNP.

  20. Just posted on Peter Khalil’s (Wills seat Labour candidate…) fb page asking about Labour’s position on this one. Let’s see how it goes!

    • If you are a Wills voter you should check out the comments one the Wills electorate page at tallyroom.com.au
      I was just looking to see who would be on the ballot and then I scrolled down.
      Hilarity ensued.
      The electorate has a history of being a Labor factional s**t-fight, but it seems they are outdoing themselves this time.
      Interestingly, I haven’t seen one piece of promotional material for Peter Khalil, whereas there is Greens stuff everywhere.

    • I did see him on the train station the other day and also saw the green candidate a few days later…
      Sh$t sandwich on both sides if you ask me …

  21. Personally what I find particularly intriguing these days is the disconnect between what seem to be fairly universally agreed system end states and the transition process needed to get from the present state to the system state in 10 years, 20 years or 50 years time.
    You can present the raw data and even slice and dice the demographics complete with the obvious projections yet still people will argue with the somewhat unavoidable transition process.
    Take schooling for instance. We already know what it takes to build schools that achieve amazing academic results, there’s no mystery there, yet we dont build these schools when we build a new suburb. I’ve mentioned Plano Texas schools before (they were the northern fringe of the Dallas metroplex) and how they transitioned from country hick schools in the 1980’s to be amongst the best in Texas during the 1990’s/ 2000’s. Yea it all happened in less than 10 years. But guess what, based on the most recent data Plano has slipped somewhat and the suburbs that are further out Frisco/ Lovejoy have surpassed Plano and are now the most popular places for families that care about the education their kids get.
    In Australia by contrast we build failure into the newest elements of our schooling system, we literally plan to fail and yet we’re surprised by the outcome.
    It’s this complete disconnect between our agreed long term goals / expectation (for Australia) and our piss-poor implementation that will never cease to amaze me.
    I guess deep down in our collective Aussie unconsciousness, failing to implement change is our way of denying change it’s currency…yet we’re surprised that this denial has “unexpected consequences” Amazing!!