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Extra funding for disability Gonski?

Media Release
Penny Wright 23 Jan 2014

The Abbott Government has created fresh uncertainty about extra funding for students with a disability, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

Senator Wright said she would pursue the truth of the Abbott Government's plans when Parliament resumed in February, following reports of a $2 billion hole under the disability funding model as part of the Gonski plan.

"This Government must not walk back on its commitment for extra funding for disabled students," Senator Wright said.

"Last year Education Minister Christopher Pyne committed to developing a new model to deliver more funding for students with a disability from 2015.

"Given the number of students with a disability is much higher than previously estimated, it's simply not going to be possible to deliver the money these students need from the same bucket of funding.

"It was always the case that more money would have to be put into the system once the disability data work was complete, but the Education Minister cannot clarify if there will be more funding or if that funding will make it to schools on time.

"For the parents of disabled children, today's news is very concerning. The Federal Government and the states will need to chip in significantly more to make sure these students are not left behind.

"When Parliament resumes next month, I will be exploring exactly what this Government's commitment will be for students with a disability, because nothing is more important than ensuring these children get the best start in life."


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