The Sydney Morning Herald’s article:
Biggest education reform in 40 years: PM
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has offered state and territory governments $2 for every extra $1 they invest in education, under her plan to boost schools funding.
Ms Gillard on Sunday announced details of Labor’s schools improvement plan, saying it was vital to Australia building a world leading education system.
At the heart of the deal is extra base funding of $14.5 billion over six years from 2014.
“It’s a lot of money, but I believe it is a wise investment in our children’s future and our nation’s future,” she told reporters in Canberra on Sunday.
The following clip is to show the PM’s strong position on the reform and was supplied by Julia Gillard’s Twitter page:
The clip and the article are both agreeing with the terms of the education reform, and the fact that it is necessary to improve the future of education in Australia.
Sydney Morning Herald’s article is completely one sided and in favour of Julia Gillard. It shows all aspects of the reform that are positive and only shows the views of the Prime Minister. The article is comprised of facts about how the reform will improve education in Australia backed up by quotes only from Gillard. The article does not show the opinions of the state and territory leaders or the views of people who might oppose the reform.
In an article by The Canberra Times, ‘Gillard lays out the sums on Gonski’, they show the positives and negatives of the reform. It explains that while primary and high schools will benefit from the reform, universities will suffer. They quote Fred Hilmer, vice-chancellor of the University of New South Wales.
“This is a bitterly disappointing shortsighted move on the part of a government which claims education as one of its highest priorities. It is an absurdity to seek to provide students with a better education at school by providing a worse experience at university.”
The Canberra Times shows a more accurate account of how the reform might impact on all aspects of education in Australia and tries to include opinions from many different sources.
They also include several different pictures of the different sources giving their opinion of the reform. This creates the scene for the audience. The Sydney Morning Herald supplied no pictures in their article.
The contrast of these two articles shows how some traditional media outlets can be subtly biased.