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    Default spinoff... paying for school fees

    Are you happy to pay for school fees whether it's compulsory or not?

    I happily just pay the account when it arrives, tbh I have never given it a thought as to whether it's compulsory or not I just pay it! I have no issues paying for my childs education nor do I expect it to be funded by the government. I totally expect to be responsible for payment of my child's education but have to say from reading the other post I think if one pays it everyone should pay it. They should make it compulsory. And people seriously can't expect their child to be included in excursions or outings etc if they haven't paid their fees surely????

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    I haven't read the other thread. But are public school fees non compulsory? I think if you can't afford it it's ok, but if you can you should pay them. The government can't fund everything so making things better for our kids by paying fees is a good thing.

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    I'm happy to pay ours, it's a very minimal amount anyway. I'm sure that there will be parents at our school that don't pay, but that doesn't worry me.

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    First up, I didn't mean to sound like a cow about making another thread, I just wanted the other one to be about facts, not ethics or judgements

    Secondly, I don't have my child in a public school, and pay about $500/term in fees, which will increase next year when she does music as an extra-curricular but through the school.

    However, I do believe that public education should be free for every child. Even children with parents who will not pay the fees.

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    The government should provide free education to all children regardless of their parents financial position. The people of Australia SHOULD expect the government to provide free education so that no child is ever left behind.

    If you can afford to pay good for you go ahead but many people can not and their children deserve the same education as yours.

    One of the basic human rights should be free education!

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    I pay it all, but I am in a position to do so.
    I think what makes Australia a good place is that education is available to everyone - not just those who can afford it. I wouldn't begrudge any child an education because their parents couldn't afford it, how else are things going to change in future generations?

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    It's incredibly important that they not be compulsory - the whole foundation of a modern democratic society without a fixed class hirarchy is equal education theoretically allowing for equal opportunities. There must be government regulated (to ensure quality) education available to all children. Otherwise the poor stay poor, the rich stay rich, and children born into families that can't afford the fees or choose not to have little chance of jumping the divide. You mat find it frustrating, especially if seemingly well off families choose not to pay, but I'd rather cop it than have their children pay the price

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    I think everyone is entitled to an education, so therefore if it means the government pays the fees for those that cannot afford it, then so be it. Sure the politicians wouldn't miss a few thousand from their multi thousand paychecks to make sure future generations are educated.

    I thought it was made compulsory now though? On my siblings there is a legally recoverable amount that has to be paid!?

    I have no issue paying the fees I need to pay, however I do qualify for help to pay my fees, and I utilize it. Yeah I feel embarrassed about it, but my children deserve an education as much as the next child.

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    No I don't pay it. I have 4 in school, including 2 in highschool (next year I'll have 5 and the year after 6) and always believed that education was free so therefore I don't pay. Yes I expect my kids to be included in excursions because we pay for excursions as they come. Maybe if we were more financially well off I wouldn't hesitate but as it stands there are other bills more important that we need to pay for so they have priority, school fees come last if we have money left over otherwise not at all.

    I'm not embarrassed, I don't care what people think, I do what I can with what I have and that's that.

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