I have made my first podcast appearance.  It’s about Fitzroy Community School

The podcaster is Adam Murray.  His outlet is called SUBTLE DISRUPTORS.

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The Easy Target

To the Age

Dear Editor

It’s distressing to read about commercial builders knowingly constructing homes doomed to fail (Builder victims, Age, 31 May).

And doubly distressing to learn that the Victorian Building Authority is ineffective in cleaning up the industry.

And triply distressing when you compare these scandals with the tendency of local building officials to needlessly harass and obstruct honest and capable families making genuine improvements to their own homes.

Philip O’Carroll


This web site contains a selection of Philip’s letters to the editor which cover Australian and global issues. Any of these letters may be published with author’s name or web address shown.

Please comment on this page or via email, or fax: (03) 9482 3226.

Philip with his wife Faye founded the Fitzroy Community School in 1976.  This innovative school takes 65 children aged 5 to 12, emphasising self-confidence and communication skills.


Philip and Faye have now, 39 years after the founding of Fitzroy Community School, written the book of the school, sharing their experiences of creating and operating a community school, and their ideas for a better education system for Australian children.

FCS book - front cover

The school has a very high standard of English and has contributed to national literacy levels by publishing its own reading materials, known as the Fitzroy Readers, and supplying them to over 3000 Australian schools.


Philip also founded COBBERS, a movement to counteract the growing stranglehold of bureaucracy on the modern way of life.

Philip responds with an Open Submission to the Review of the RSB. The RSB (now called the VRQA) is the agency of the Victorian Education Department which registers (permits to exist) and reviews (inspects) non-government schools.

Philip summarises the case for Reform of the School Funding System in Australia, giving parents greater choice and children greater access to both state-run and independent schooling.

Philip also responds to the 2012 School Funding Review, urging this Review to prioritise higher standards in schooling, and equal opportunities for all Australian children.