Thursday, August 29, 2013

Australian Politicians pledge on security at Jewish Schools

There were absolutely no security guards necessary when little WLT was a young pup going to school.

But thanks to the policies put in place by our politicians over the last 30+ years, Australia is now such a place where security guards at schools are deemed necessary.

The Secure Schools Program, which has previously been available to schools for capital works only, will be extended to include recurring costs such as security guards.  

However what is interesting about this, is how the funding is usually distributed.  Over half of this money (60%) is being channelled towards jewish schools.  

Hmmm.. I wonder who lobbied for this change.

There are 97,335 Australians who identified as Jewish in the 2011 census.  That's 97,335 out of a population of approximately 22.32 million people. 

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there are 9,427 schools in Australia.  According to the  Australian Council of Jewish Schools, they represent 19 Jewish schools throughout Australia.

So lets do the maths here... 0.44% of the population, has 0.20% of schools in the country, yet gets 60% of the funding for security at their schools. That's a whopping 300 times more funding than they would get if it were distributed based only on the proportion of schools in the country!

So are there 300 times more attacks or incidents against Jewish schools than the average? Are they entitled to 300 times more funding for security than other Australians? We think not.

Why are the jews so special?  Why do they need so much protection?  We'll leave that up to you to decide, but as Henry Kissinger once said, "a people who have been persecuted for 2000 years must be doing something wrong." 
Pollies pledge on security


SECURITY guards at Jewish schools are set to be funded by federal government for the first time.

Both the Liberal Party and the Labor Party have announced that the Secure Schools Program, which has previously been available to schools for capital works only, will be extended to include recurring costs such as security guards.

Shadow attorney-general George Brandis and Member for Kooyong Josh Frydenberg announced at Sydney’s Masada College on Friday morning that, if elected, the Liberal Party would put $18 million into the program over three years.

Meanwhile at Leibler Yavneh College in Melbourne, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus and Member for Melbourne Ports Michael Danby announced that Labor has already budgeted $10 million over three years for the same program.

In making their funding pledges, both parties invoked the shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, last year, which claimed the lives of a rabbi and three children.

Last year Jewish schools in Australia spent $6.8 million on security, and more than half of that, $3.8 million, was spent on security guards. Around 60 per cent of the money allocated in the Secure Schools Program has historically been distributed to Jewish schools, which means the pledge by Brandis would equate to $3.6 million a year for Jewish schools.

“We owe it to our children, we owe it to our communities and we owe it to our school communities that every Australian child, and parent of every Australian schoolchild, can attend a school knowing that they are perfectly safe to do so,” Brandis said.

Dreyfus didn’t directly address the Coalition’s pledge of $18 million, saying only he was delighted “to see the Coalition follow the lead that we established in 2007”, and that funding was a “matter of continuing review”.

Under the Labor plan, Jewish schools would receive about $2 million per year for security funding.

The Australian Council of Jewish Schools (ACJS) said that every dollar allocated to security is important. “While these amounts are insufficient to meet all of the expenditure that has been assessed as necessary, every cent that the government has allocated has been, and this further commitment, once implemented, is, sorely needed and is most appreciated,” the ACJS said in a statement.

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