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laura__palmer June 10, 2021

@StaceyS Entering Australia by any means to seek asylum is legal. 

laura__palmer June 10, 2021

@snorks "Women do more unpaid labour, men do more paid labour, so the total amount of work done is similar. " it's not as simple as that.

https://www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/australian-unpaid-care-work-and-the-labour-market.pdf 

Of particular interest is this: "Over the life course, the time women spend on household and care labour fluctuates considerably, yet for men it remains quite stable. For example, when women become mothers they tend to do more housework and more child-minding but spend less time in paid employment than men. When children are born, men’s time on housework tends to decline, even though the overall domestic workload increases. In addition, men’s
paid work usually remains stable during this life stage, indicating that becoming a parent does not usually result in big changes to fathers’ paid or domestic workloads."

laura__palmer June 9, 2021

@gu3st But, just like the contraceptive pill, people should be able to choose as to whether or not they take that risk with their vaccination.  If someone wants to wait for a more effective, less risky brand, then that is their prerogative.  

laura__palmer June 9, 2021

@StaceyS Entering Australia to seek asylum is not illegal. 

laura__palmer June 9, 2021

My ex was very unhelpful. He had a go on the gas, couldn't have been less interested in the whole thing and left as soon as our baby was born. 

laura__palmer June 9, 2021

@katp I don't have any obligation to give that man an explanation. He comes here to troll women. 

laura__palmer June 8, 2021

@snorks I don't think you understand what the patriarchy is...

laura__palmer June 8, 2021

@caring mother Yeah, I'd like to know what to do, other than never voting for the coalition. This is appalling. 

laura__palmer June 8, 2021

@megan_deng195 As someone who really likes fashion and clothing, I don't think it's about being "fragile", it's about being included and having the option to actually buy and wear fashion. 

laura__palmer June 7, 2021

@mamamia-user-391653937 He is a joke. That man should not be calling himself a Christian, and neither should anyone else who condones this appalling, disgusting, abhorrent situation that this family is in.

laura__palmer June 7, 2021

Utterly disgusting. This makes me so angry and I feel nothing but absolute loathing and contempt towards the Government. As Australians, we should not be standing for this. Vote them out in the next election. 

laura__palmer June 7, 2021

@cat This is a pretty ridiculous take, isn't it.

laura__palmer June 7, 2021

The fact that people vote for the coalition knowing that they have done this to this family (and others) disgusts me to my core. This is abhorrent and inhumane.

laura__palmer June 3, 2021

@cat Is it really, though? Or are we just tricked into thinking an ugly bag is actually worth that much because of brand recognition? 

laura__palmer June 3, 2021

@snorks You haven't shown me new evidence. You've shown that you, and Cat, are not as well versed in the subject as I am. Which is why I said what I said. I am open to new evidence, but I don't think that evidence is going to come from you, and I don't see what new evidence there could even be to show that funnelling money out of the public education system to prop up private businesses is ever going to be a good thing when educational outcomes have slipped from among some of the best in the world to very mediocre and the gap between public and private educational outcomes continues to widen. 

laura__palmer June 2, 2021

@cat Obviously this isn't going to happen overnight, but change needs to start immediately, starting with stripping all funding from top tier, elite schools and working down from there. 

laura__palmer June 2, 2021

@snorks "'There is nothing you, or Cat, can say to me that will change my mind on this.' - And you think this is a good thing?" Yes, because I have researched this issue extensively, I understand how it works in other countries and I know how far our education outcomes have slipped in the last 20 years or so because of the redirection of public funds into private education. The same can be said for vocational education, where the TAFEs have been stripped of funding in favour of private RTOs. This is something I am very passionate about and very well versed in. There is nothing wrong with making your mind up about a subject after researching it extensively and sticking to your guns. 


"Both? Do you think the local private school that charges $2,000 a year is the same as the elite schools that charge $50,000 a year?" I think they are both private businesses receiving public funds at the expense of the public system. If they can't afford to operate with fees, they are not viable. 

Obviously, it can't be done overnight, I never said that it could be, but funding does need to be stripped of private schools and funnelled back into the public system. If people want to send their kids to private schools and not use the public system, they should be prepared to pay for it. Public money should not be used to fund the choices of others to use a private business over the public system. There will only be meaningful change in educational outcomes when we start taking public education seriously and we stop funnelling public money into the private system.

 

laura__palmer June 1, 2021

@snorks Both. Private schools are private businesses and if the government stopped funding them and put the money back into public education (like Chile has done), then they would cope. Public money should only be used to fund public schools, as it is in pretty much every other country. No other country spends public funds to prop up private schools in the same way we do. If the private schools cannot operate without copious amounts of public funds being poured into them, at the expense of public schools mind you, then they are unviable.


"If the government stopped funding private schools the government schools would be inundated, making the issue much worse. " You are ignoring the fact that public funds are directed away from public schools and into private schools. This argument holds no water when that is taken into consideration. 
 
I have no problem with public money being used to help students in public schools, I think all public school kids should be provided with tools like iPads. I have issues with private schools using public money when these schools are completely out of reach for the average Australian family. I also have issues with religious schools being given public money, especially when they are Catholic (the Catholic Church has plenty of money and should be funding its own institutions) and when they have restrictions on who can attend the school (like many Christian and Muslim schools do)
There is nothing you, or Cat, can say to me that will change my mind on this. We should not be using taxpayer dollars to fund private businesses, especially at the expense of public education. We will never have a properly funded, robust, equitable education system while we allow this to continue.  End of discussion as far as I am concerned. 

laura__palmer June 1, 2021

@guest2 But the point is, vaccines work if used correctly. 

laura__palmer June 1, 2021

@snorks But giving money to private schools takes it away from public schools. We have a huge gap in the level of education between public and private schools, and people who could never, ever afford to send their kids to an elite school are essentially helping fund it. One of the elite schools in my city used government funding to give every child an iPad. That is a gross misuse of public funds, considering many public schools don't even have enough computers for kids to use. Private schools are essentially private businesses and they should be funded by fees. Not propped up with public money. Only the public education system should receive public funds. 
A more robust, better-funded public education system would take into consideration the different circumstances of children and make provisions for those children who are doing it tough. There are lots of studies into how disadvantaged children can be helped, you should have a look. But it takes money to implement change and our education system as it is currently isn't going to cut it.