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Education for the Public Good

Education for the Public Good

 
 

Education was the first policy area Gough Whitlam addressed in his celebrated ‘It’s Time’ campaign speech of 1972, after outlining the three great aims of his program. Committing to an increase spending on schools and teachers he said, ‘This must be done, not just because the basic resource of this nation is the skills of its people, but because education is the key to equality of opportunity.’

This public policy work area references the Convention on the Rights of the Child by placing the ‘best interests of the child’ - and education as a public good - at the heart of education policy.