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Governments must refocus on Gonski

Media Release
Penny Wright 23 Mar 2013

State and Federal Governments must focus on getting an agreement on the Gonski reforms in the next few weeks before the opportunity is lost, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools, Senator Penny Wright.

Speaking at the Walk for Gonski event in Adelaide today, Senator Penny Wright called on the Federal Government to introduce a fully-funded plan for the Gonski school reforms when parliament resumes in May.

"The Prime Minister yesterday said the Gonski reforms would be a budget priority, but as it stands, there is a real risk that legislation for Gonski will not be passed before the next election," Senator Wright said.

"After all the political drama of this week, it's time to get back to governing and the best thing that can be achieved is a solution to the failed school funding model.

"All State and Federal Governments must listen to the overwhelming public support for Gonski and take the opportunity of next month's COAG meeting to get an agreement for a better education for our children.

"If these negotiations fail, it will perpetuate disadvantage and sell many Australian children seriously short.

"Our children deserve a world-class education and we need the State and Federal governments to pull together and find the political will to make this happen."

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