State aid challenge ‘a waste of time, money’
By Damir Govorcin
The NSW Teachers Federation decision to fund a High Court challenge over Federal aid to Church schools is “a futile waste of time and money”, says Brian Croke, exec-utive director for the Catholic Education Commission NSW.
More than 600 teachers at the Teachers Federation annual conference voted to pay for a “new constitutional challenge” on private school funding, the first attempt since the Defence of Government Schools challenge in the High Court in 1981.
That challenge was defeated 6-1. Mr Croke says that essentially nothing has changed.
“It’s a matter that the constitutional lawyers will tell you was settled in 1981, so it’s futile to rehash it,” he said.
“Our view is that this is a political issue, not a constitutional one.
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