Julia Gillard tied Australia’s engagement with Asia to the NBN, and particularly its development of language skills.
The government’s tactic is pretty clear. Wrench control of the agenda from Tony Abbott using the gender wars, and then launch a fresh agenda framed around key head nods while he is still trying to justify himself.
This isn’t government, this is media management, but will the media notice?
There ought to be huge guffaws around the idea that Asian language teaching will be delivered via the NBN.
We already have an Internet which is quite capable of delivering Asian language teaching. The NBN has nothing to do with that.
But an underlying assumption of the argument appears to be that we won’t be investing any additional money in language teaching here but will be shipping it in electronically. Typical – wanting bang, but for someone else’s buck.
So the Gillard government will deliver language tuition without impacting on the fragile budget surplus via the NBN which, while a potentially huge sink for government funds, is off-budget.
Everything that this government does is a caricature of what governments do. It is hard to take them seriously.