Australia has a two-speed system of schooling. Advantage and disadvantage are increasing concentrated in different schools with consequences for student outcomes. The complexity of Commonwealth and State funding and policy makes it very difficult to improve the system. Many people and institutions are working on improving schools but few are working on understanding the current system - how it works and how it impacts student outcomes. Yet this understanding is essential for improving the system. All states are effected in similar ways. Tasmania would make an excellent case study on which effective initiatives could be based.
What if we banned political contributions and instead gave political influence to companies that invest in scientific research, support the economy by paying tax, and demonstrate innovation towards a sustainable future. Time is up for old industries like coal and wood-chipping of old growth forests, so why do they still have so much power and continue being heavily subsidised by the taxpayer? How can Australia be innovative while our best scientists are being gagged and rely on crowd funding? Time to change the rules!