1. Doom and Gloom
Education has often suffered from a climate of doom. Victoria had a particularly awful government between 1992 and 1999.

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Vouchers are often touted as the solution to all sorts of educational problems. After all, what could be simpler than working out what it costs to educate a child, handing over that amount to the parents of each child either directly or notionally for them to pass to a school of their choice, allowing them to add their own money and then letting the free market rip (à la the private vocational educational providers about which so much has been revealed in the past year)?

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There is a long tradition of claiming that education spending has increased by various dramatic amounts in Australia, but any careful examination of these claims shows that they are either false or meaningless.

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The current uncertainty concerning the continuity of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership has raised the distinct and welcome possibility of Malcolm Turnbull succeeding him to that high office. Should there be a Turnbull prime ministerial succession then hopefully the leadership uncertainty which has bedevilled Australia since the Howard government’s demise in 2007 will end.

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The crisis situation in Iraq has inevitably resulted in the assertion that it was inherently wrong for the United States led coalition in 2003 to have liberated that nation from Saddam Hussein’s tyranny. This analysis has in turn led to an implicit, if not actual, opposition to the United States taking military action via air support for the Maliki government in Baghdad against the brutal fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

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