David Gonski, the businessman and university chancellor who designed Australia’s school funding framework, has defended new Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet against accusations that he is too religiously conservative for the top job.
Mr Gonski said he had worked with Mr Perrottet in the school, university and business sectors and had never seen him pre-empt an issue. “I have seen nothing but an open and intelligent mind,” he said.
“I have seen absolutely none of this negativity that people seem to attribute to him. Quite the contrary in my dealings with him. I think he enjoys the ideas of different people.”
Mr. Perrottet is a devout Catholic from the traditionalist wing of a broad church, with regard to some who fear his decisions will be influenced by his faith.
He attended and his family remains associated with ParEd schools – which are affiliated with Opus Dei, a conservative prelature that teaches the importance of finding God in everyday life – raising concerns within the industry that he is receiving preferential treatment. would give to Catholic schools.
However, Mr. Gonski said that one’s own education and educational choices for their children did not prevent them from understanding the importance and benefits of other types of education.
“I feel like people who assume that because you went to a certain school it will hurt your thinking are wrong,” he said. “And they’re actually getting biased.
“I went to an independent school, Sydney Grammar, I wrote a report on government schools and I was completely convinced that government schools needed more money, more improvement. I was in no way biased by the school I went to.”