What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong

Jennifer Buckingham, Blaise Joseph
17 June 2018 | PP6
What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong
  • The Gonski 2 Review into Australian schools failed to fulfill its terms of reference to examine the evidence regarding the most effective teaching and learning strategies, and to provide advice on how the extra federal government funding for schools should be used to improve student achievement.
  • Many of the Review’s recommendations are overly general and do not offer useful guidance for systems, educators or schools.
  • The evidence bases for significant and wide-reaching recommendations such as emphasising general capabilities, developing learning progressions, implementing an online assessment tool to measure individual learning, instilling ‘growth mindset’, and establishing an education evidence institute are not strong. The potential risks in each of these areas are not adequately discussed by the Review.
Latest Publications

Budget 2019: Why the long-term tax cuts should be fast-tracked
John Humphreys
04 April 2019 | PP19

The centrepiece of the 2019/20 budget was a proposed doubling of the income tax cuts that were legislated last year. Both the short-run LMITO change and the long-run tax cuts will reduce tax, but the two approaches are fundamentally different. These differences are important, but they are hidden by the superficial nature of the tax debate in Australia. To differentiate…

READ MORE
Myth vs Reality: The case against increasing Capital Gains Tax
Robert Carling
05 March 2019 | PP18

Australia’s capital gains tax (CGT) policy has been largely settled for almost 20 years. However, it has come under renewed scrutiny as a result of the Australian Labor Party’s federal election platform proposal to halve the 50% CGT discount and thereby effectively increase the tax by 50%. If the objective of reforming the CGT is to do no more than…

READ MORE
Does Western Civilisation Have a Future?
Wolfgang Kasper
19 February 2019 | PP17

The question, whether our civilisation has a future, will sound preposterous to many. Has Western civilisation not overcome many a crisis in its thousand-year history? Has it not — in its modern incarnation of individual freedom, the capitalist market economy and democratic control of government predation — flourished since 1945? Has the West not reached unheard-of levels of longevity, material…

READ MORE
Dividend Franking Credit Refunds: principle vs revenue
Robert Carling
12 February 2019 | PP16

Under Australia’s dividend imputation system of taxation, since 2000 taxpayers whose franking credits exceed their tax liability have been paid a cash refund of the excess. The Labor opposition’s policy is to continue with the imputation system but to abolish cash refunds of excess franking credits, subject to a carve-out for some age pensioners. This has aroused a storm of…

READ MORE
Reading Recovery: A Failed Investment
Jennifer Buckingham
07 February 2019 | PP15

Reading Recovery is an early intervention program for students in Year 1 who are having difficulty learning to read. It is widely used in Australia, the USA, Canada, England, Ireland, France and Denmark. It is endorsed by many leading educators and teacher professional organisations. Yet numerous studies of Reading Recovery have provided no sound evidence that it has sustained positive…

READ MORE