There is an Australian Government inquiry into school libraries, as well as the English one I blogged a little while ago. You can find out about it via The Hub blog http://hubinfo.wordpress.com/ The Hub "is about improving the quality of education in Australia. It refers to the one thing that should be at the heart, the hub, of every school – the school library. We are a gathering of educators united by a common concern that too many Australian students no longer have regular access to a well resourced, adequately staffed library."
Photo by Sheila Webber: Boat, Thessaloniki (photoshopped), March 2010