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Gonski legislation first step for stronger schools: Greens

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Penny Wright 4 Jun 2013

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright has urged all states and territories to get behind the Gonski reforms as updated legislation was released to Parliament this afternoon.

The Australian Greens welcomed today's amendments to the Australian Education Act and said it was the first step in fixing an inequitable school system.

"Australian public schools have been chronically underfunded for years and it now remains for every state and territory to get on board and to fix an old, broken system," Senator Wright said.

"It is totally unacceptable that some Liberal Premiers are playing politics with education, while Australian children are missing out.

"The Australian Greens have campaigned for decades for a more equitable school system and this is a significant reform that will over time greatly benefit our public school system.

"There are still some question marks that we will be looking at closely, particularly concerning transparency in how the funding flows to each sector.

"But we finally have the framework for a better education for every Australian child and  we will protect a fairer and more equitable funding system against an Abbott government intent on letting our public schools down."

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