Some people just never learn. After National’s conflicting statements on bulk funding the other day you’d have thought they’d get their messages in order, if not their policies. But take a look at these comments from Alan Peachey in Parliament yesterday:
Hon Marian Hobbs: Has the Minister seen any reports on alternative approaches to supporting our 21st century education system?
Hon Chris Carter: Indeed I have. I have seen two reports in the last week advocating conflicting approaches to education policy. One report pledges a solid commitment to the reintroduction of bulk funding of teachers’ salaries, and the other states that bulk funding is “not currently in our thinking”. Amazingly, both these statements were made by National’s education spokespeople, Allan Peachey and Katherine Rich, last week. Someone should give Mr Peachey another copy of The Hollow Men, because he appears to have missed the caucus strategy on how to hide the party’s true agenda of privatisation, cuts, and old, failed policies like bulk funding.
Allan Peachey: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. I was the principal of a bulk-funded school for a long period of time, and I take personal exception to the comments the Minister just made about the policy. I ask that he apologise and withdraw.
Madam Speaker: That is not a point of order.
So National’s associate education spokesman is still promoting bulk funding. It’s time for National to get its act together and give us a clear answer: is bulk funding National Party policy or not?