The news that former Geelong Grammar School student Rose Ashton-Weir is suing the elite private school for failing to secure her a spot at Sydney University's law school has been the source of much mocking on the internet as a classic case of a spoilt brat's temper tantrum.
But it has to be said, 18-year-old Ashton-Weir has a point. This is, after all, what Geelong Grammar ― whose list of old boys includes Prince Charles, Rupert Murdoch, Kerry Packer, many high-ranking Liberal politicians and the king of Malaysia ― exists to do.
The fees are more than $30,000 a year ― the October 21 Herald Sun reported it cost $165 a day for tutelage on its senior campus. If that can't buy a spot in law at the nation's most prestigious university, there has quite clearly been a serious dereliction of duty.
What I want to know is who got Ashton-Weir's spot? Probably some fucking pleb from Sydney's western suburbs who went to some cheap-arse state school and used their brains to get in.
No wonder this country is going to the dogs. First, BHP chairperson Jac Nasser is forced to go public with concerns his workforce still have some rights. Now it seems the rich can't just buy whichever uni spot they feel like.
In fact, not only is Ashton-Weir right to sue. All taxpayers should join in a huge class action against a school whose ability to ensure success for upper class twits was once so impressive, it helped make Alexander Downer a foreign minister.
After all, it is not just fees higher than the annual income of a worker on the minimum wage that gave Geelong Grammar a 2010 profit of $10.7 million. The Save Our Schools website said the combined federal and Victorian government subsidies for the school this year top $6 million.
For Christ's sake ― this is a gross abuse of taxpayers' money! If the likes of Geelong Grammar can't guarantee any twit whose family can cough up 30 grand a year a spot in any damn school in any damn uni they damn well want, it is about time we spent the money on something more worthwhile.
After all, there are always more huge corporations willing to sack their workers at the first sign of a decline in profits who could always do with more millions in government handouts.