|Government funding threatened|
|THE federal government may be forced to overhaul the way it funds everything from private schools to local roads following a landmark High Court ruling.|
The High Court yesterday deemed federal funding for chaplains in schools as constitutionally invalid throwing into disarray the way the government funds many schemes. The decision could deliver major clout to the states, should the Commonwealth no longer be able to fund certain programs directly and have to enlist the states to distribute its own funding (Oz), (SMH), (Age), (Herald Sun ).
Attorney-General Nicola Roxon told ABC radio this morning that yesterday's ruling by the court was "serious" and did have "widespread implications". She said funding to private schools would be unlikely to be impacted but conceded the government needed to look at a range of programs, including those for local roads, to determine if changes were needed to funding schemes.
Media ownership and the future of media also continues to be a hot topic following the restructure announcement from News Limited CEO Kim Williams yesterday and the continued talk over Gina Rinehart's increased stake in Fairfax (Oz), (SMH ), (Fin Review), (Daily Tele), (West Australian
|Cultural cringe alive and well|
|When Australian prime ministers go overseas, those left at home can but cringe. Sometimes at the behaviour of our leader, and usually at…|