Putting education at the heart of his campaign to be Australia’s next prime minister, opposition leader Kevin Rudd on Nov. 14 used his own journey out of poverty to talk up the power of education as “the engine room of equity … the engine room of opportunity,” reports Australia’s The Age. Every student in years 9 to 12 would be given access to their own computer at school, while 9,000 primary and secondary schools would be connected to a new high-speed broadband network under Rudd’s plan. Declaring he wanted “to turn every secondary school into a digital school,” Rudd criticized current Prime Minister John Howard: “Mr Howard seems to believe that providing our young people with computers is exotic. Mr Howard just doesn’t get it. Around the rest of the world, providing young people with computers isn’t exotic—it’s mainstream…” (The Age, Australia)

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