Poll: Should wealthy pay to send kids to public school?

WEALTHY  parents could be charged to send their children to attend public schools under a federal government proposal that would open the door to means-tested free public education.

The idea is outlined in a confidential discussion paper, developed within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, that is set to spark a new national debate on school funding, Fairfax reported.

The green paper, which has been circulated to state and territory governments for consideration, presents four reform options, the report says.

These include:

  • giving the states and territories full responsibility for all schools;
  • making states and territories fully responsible for funding public schools while the federal government funds non-government schools;
  • reducing Commonwealth involvement in schools, but without significant structural change; or
  • making the federal government the dominant funder of all schools.

Should the wealthy pay to send their kids to a public school?

This poll ended on 30 June 2015.

Current Results

Yes. They hardly pay enough tax now


No. Public education is a right


Depends on how wealthy they are


No. But government shouldn't fund private schools


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The Opposition has slammed the proposal, saying there is no good reason to charge parents to send their children to public schools.

Labor's acting education spokesman Mark Butler said free public education was a right.

"There is absolutely no justification to make this fundamental shift," Mr Butler told the ABC.

A spokesman for Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne stressed the document was a discussion paper only.

Any decisions about public schools are a matter for states and territories, he said.