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Murdock asks Australia to revamp its education

Media mogul Rupert Murdock has asked Australia to revamp its education and welfare systems to avoid the country going backward which according to him do not cater to the needs of 21st century.

world Updated: Nov 03, 2008 09:29 IST

Media mogul Rupert Murdock has asked Australia to revamp its education and welfare systems to avoid the country going backward which according to him do not cater to the needs of 21st century.

"While Australia generally does well in international rankings, those rankings can blind us to a larger truth: Australia will not succeed in the future if it aims to be just a bit better than average," Murdoch was quoted in media reports Melbourne on Monday.

Warning that 'bludger' should not be national icon, the News Corporation chief said: "While real incomes increased since the end of the 1980s, about 20 per cent of the working aged population today receives income support, compared with only 15 per cent two decades ago. While a safety net is warranted for those in genuine need, we must avoid institutionalising idleness."

He criticised country's education system and said, "we have a 21st-century economy with a 19th-century education system, and it is leaving too many children behind."

"That is an injustice to these citizens, and it puts a future burden on Australian society," he added.

Murdock also renewed his calls for Australia to become a Republic.

"The establishment of a republic of Australia will not slight the Queen, nor will it deny the British traditions, values and structures that have served us so well," he said. "But we are no longer a dependency... We alone must define our future," he said.