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Distraction but no action: Greens say Gonski model matters

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Penny Wright 2 Dec 2013

Australia's most needy students will still miss out despite extra school funding announced by the Coalition today, says Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright.

In Senate question time today Senator Marise Payne, representing Education Minister Christopher Pyne, refused to answer questions from Senator Wright about whether money would be allocated to schools on a needs-basis.

"The Abbott Government may be putting more money for schools back in the budget, but they've still broken their promise to Australia's most disadvantaged students by ditching the Gonski model," Senator Wright said.

"The money and the model must go hand in hand - not just in some states. That is not treating all Australian children as equal.

"They might lurch from one policy to another, but nothing can hide the fact that Mr Abbott and Mr Pyne have completely betrayed the public and our kids.

"Shovelling no-strings-attached money at WA, NT and Queensland to paper over huge state government cuts to education is not Gonski - it will not give needy kids the chance they need to break through and reach their potential.

"The Coalition has shown they couldn't care less about inequality and they do not care if some states continue to operate on the broken system where those with the most get more and those with the least are ignored."


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