The first of the Boyer Lectures by Rupert Murdoch.
Should we listen to an American telling us what to do with our society or is he a sage?
From the ABC
"News Corporation chief executive Rupert Murdoch has called for a major overall of Australia's education system and says the reliance on Government hand-outs must end.
The media boss has delivered a blunt assessment of the nation's capacity to deal with the global challenges that lay ahead.
In a speech to around 500 people at the Sydney Opera House, Mr Murdoch has used the first of his six annual Boyer Lectures for the ABC to warn that Australia is ill-prepared for the global challenges it faces, including the current financial crisis.
"I fear that many Australians will learn the hard way what it means to be unprepared for the challenges that a global economy can bring," he said.
He identified several areas of reform that are needed among them the education system.
"We have a 21st century economy with a 19th century education system and it is leaving too many children behind."
Mr Murdoch also says there is too much reliance on Government subsidies, saying Australia is in danger of becoming a "nation of bludgers".
"While a safety net is warranted for those in genuine need, we must avoid institutionalising idleness," he said.
"The bludger should not be our national icon."
Mr Murdoch says apologies alone will not achieve Aboriginal reconciliation, but that Indigenous children must be given access to top quality education, which they currently do not have."