Exclusive Brethren enjoying $1m taxpayer windfall
Rick Wallace; 13/1/10
The Exclusive Brethren is getting more than $1 million a year in “overpayments” for its NSW schools under the Rudd government’s independent schools funding system. Despite being assessed as wealthy, the Brethren’s mushrooming network of schools is being funded at a higher rate than independent schools in battling regional communities such as Bourke and Longreach. The secretive but financially savvy sect has taken advantage of a “no-disadvantage” clause put in the funding system by the Howard government, of which the Brethren was a strong supporter.Federal education authorities warned the funding loophole was giving the Brethren a windfall, according to a 2006 report seen by The Australian, but nothing was done about it.