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Education is not a tradable good

Among different type of private actors involved in education, commercial schools raise specific challenges. Commercial schools have been defined as schools “whose one of the main objectives (though not necessarily unique) is to develop commercial activities out of education services and to defend their own interest to the detriment of the general interest. They consider education as a tradable good, which involves in particular that they intend to extend their activities and model by entering in competition with other education establishments, to increase their turnover, and to increase their profit.” The following page is meant as a monitoring resource page to critically reflect on the development of this type of schools against human rights standards.

Taking back control

Governments must ensure that they act in the best interest of their communities by providing quality public services. The provision of essential services should be their highest priority. Privatisation should only be considered if it has been demonstrated to be in the best interest of communities and the best use of taxpayer funding.

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Taking back control

Governments must ensure that they act in the best interest of their communities by providing quality public services. The provision of essential services should be their highest priority. Privatisation should only be considered if it has been demonstrated to be in the best interest of communities and the best use of taxpayer funding.

We are calling for a moratorium on privatisation until greater regulatory mechanisms and proper policy frameworks are implemented around the delivery of public services.

Communities across the globe are feeling let down by privatisation in the face of often worse and more expensive services. The People’s Inquiry into Privatisation in Australia started because there was a clear need to map the impact of privatisation on our communities and to articulate alternatives to orthodox economic and political ideas. Ideas that are driving the declining coverage and quality of essential public services.

We are calling for a moratorium on privatisation until greater regulatory mechanisms and proper policy frameworks are implemented around the delivery of public services.

To read the outcomes of the inquiry download the report or the report summary. There is a clear need to build an alternative to privatisation, for governments to re-invest in quality public services and assets. A clear need to place people over profit.

Access to quality public services are a human right and should be based on needs rather than cost. This is essential for human development, prosperity and a flourishing society.

We believe that one of governments fundamental roles is to equitably provide essential services to all communities and to regulate the delivery of those services. It’s our job to hold politicians accountable.

Help Change the Rules

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Download Our Agenda for Taking Back Control and help build a better future.

Democracy requires transparency, openness, participation and accountability between governments and their citizens – things that aren’t present when services and assets are privatised. We can change this. By lobbying elected officials, and those running for office, to change the rules on privatisation we can win. Download this tool which contains guidelines for legislative change and ask your local candidate, or elected official to commit to putting people over profit. Share with us who you lobbied and whether they committed to our agenda for quality public services.

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Taking back control - Report

Communities across Australia are feeling let down by privatisations that deliver worse and often more expensive services. The People’s Inquiry into Privatisation started because there is a clear need to map the impact of privatisation on our communities and to articulate alternatives to orthodox economic and political ideas that are driving declining coverage and quality of essential services.

Taking back control - Summary

Communities across Australia are feeling let down by privatisations that deliver worse and often more expensive services. The People’s Inquiry into Privatisation started because there is a clear need to map the impact of privatisation on our communities and to articulate alternatives to orthodox economic and political ideas that are driving declining coverage and quality of essential services.

... privatisation is not an abstract policy issue – it is deeply personal.

Therefore, we need to be bolder about our expectations of government as a place where communities come together to solve problems. We can no longer leave it to the market place to solve our community’s needs.

For this to be realised, we must all act together to end the neoliberal agenda of privatisation. You can help by lobbying candidates and elected politicians to change the rules; to ensure that transparency, openness, participation and accountability are once again the corner stones of our democracies.

Download Our Agenda for Taking Back Control and help build a better future.

... ‘choice’ is a myth – and financial benefits often are too.

Taking back Control

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Governments at all levels must ensure there are safeguards to protect serviceusers, workers, and the broader community in the event of privatisation, and there should be strict criteria established to determine whether or not privatisation should proceed.

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