I would like to clarify my comments in The Australian front page article “Adviser slams school cash” on June 11th. I did not at any stage “slam” the Federal Government education program.

I think it’s an extraordinary opportunity to fix up our schools as is the chance to fix up our transport infrastructure by Infrastructure Australia. My beef is that we should not be missing the historic opportunity to green our schools whilst making them more effective educationally.

The guideline to do this was set by the Federal Government but when it reaches the actual schools its all a bit too hard.

This is mainly because the states have not made this a priority in the past so they were not ready. This is a
comment on the wasted decade when we did not take climate change seriously and we should be now trying all we can to make up for that lost time.

Peter Newman
Professor of Sustainability
Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute
3 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, WA 6160
and Member of Infrastructure Australia Advisory Council