It's time for political complaining.
I've said it on The Age before: Australia is a one party state. On one hand we have the Liberals spreading monetary gifts allover the place in a totally unconstructive way with their federal budget, and on the other hand we have Labor's Steve Bracks doing exactly the same with the Victorian budget.
What's the deal with Bracks' $300 payout to parents whose kids start school?
What good will it do to the parents? It's not enough to make a difference, unless the parents are truly poor. Thing is, this money will go to rich parents sending their kids to $20,000 a year private schools just the same, and what good will it do to those parents? They'd be able to buy their kid the new iPod they always wanted?
It's an obvious election ploy, and it's pathetic that no sincere attempt is made to improve education. Why not spend the money towards making state schools better, so that people wouldn't have to send their kids to private schools in the first place?
And on that matter, why are private school funded by the government in the first place? Aren't they supposed to be private?
It's a sad state of affairs when the supposed leaders are acting so pathetically with our money.