Julia Gillard is talking the talk of reducing sectoral divides without understanding the role of these divides in creating the very equity problems which occupy much of her attention. It is fantasy to try to solve real problems while at the same time ignoring the public-private divide. It is the mechanism of this very divide which has substantially created the problem.
The problems she won't deal with are obvious. It is the very way that public and private providers operate in this country, with different rules, funding sources and sets of obligations, that creates the same problems of access and equity about which she professes to be concerned. It isn't enough to declare such concerns off-limits in the hope that the mounting problems of our public-private framework will just go away. - Chris Bonnor, Online Opinion (click below for full article)