The New Built Environment of Education: Neoliberalism on Trial in Australia

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The Rich World and the Impoverishment of Education: Diminishing Democracy, Equity and Workers' Rights, 2009, 1, pp. 74 - 105
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Neoliberal restructuring is driving a dramatic rescaling of Australian political economy that has transformed it into a rapidly growing "success story" ("Australia's Economic Performance," 2006). In 2006, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) "commended the authorities on their sound macroeconomic management and continuing structural reform efforts that have underpinned the sustained strong economic performance." Adding to this, the IMF ranked the Australian economy as one of the most resilient in the world, with economic growth surpassing most industrialised nations. Closer inspection reveals, however, that the prospects are not so "bright" for an increasing number of mostly pOOf, working dass Australians who are having trouble putting food on the table or filling up their cars with fuel to get to school, work, or town (Bramble, 2004; Wynhausen, 2005).
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