At every election, the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) asks the major parties – Coalition, Labor and the Greens – a number of questions to clarify their policy positions on key issues of importance for Catholic schools.
This year, the four questions asked were:
- As the Commonwealth is the predominant funder of non-government schools, how will your party ensure Catholic schools remain affordable for most Australian families?
- What support will your party provide to help Catholic and other non-government schools upgrade learning facilities and keep pace with enrolment growth, given the rising costs of land, construction and classroom technology?
- What is your party’s position on the right of religious schools to retain faith-based exemptions from anti-discrimination legislation in relation to staffing, enrolment and policy matters?
- Catholic schools are providing an increasing number of pre-school services for families that chose Catholic education. What will your party do to support this important stage of early childhood education?