Mr Howard’s promise to provide tax deductions for 40% of education expenses up to a maximum of $800 per student matches the promises of the ear-wax muncher but does not significantly help adults sending their children to private schools. Costs of mid-range private schools range between $8,000-$20,000 annually per student and are a crippling cost for those seeking to avoid the public school system. On this issue I am an expert.
It is obvious that since 1996 Australian parents have lost faith in the public school system with their union-ridden closed shop attitudes. Yes, keep the mainly-free public system operating but encourage an alternative.
Making private education costs fully tax deductible would provide a real Australian education revolution driven by private sector incentives. Some of the cost of the proposal would be offset by reduced reliance of private schools on public monies that would leave the dwindling public school system better funded.