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The Greens are the only party standing up for Gonski

Media Release
Christine Milne 19 Apr 2013

The Australian Greens have expressed disappointment and frustration that COAG has wasted an historic opportunity to deliver fair funding for Australian schools.

"It is totally unacceptable the Liberal state governments are playing politics with education, while Australian children are missing out," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said

"Equally, Labor had six years to address school funding and 14 months to respond to the Gonski recommendations, and it is a poor reflection on their commitment to education funding that they left it to the last gasp of government.

"The Greens are the only party that have consistently stood up for and are committed to legislating Gonski in the federal parliament.

"If Labor was serious about education reform these negotiations would have been finalised long ago and Gonski would have already been legislated with the support of the Greens.

"I cannot stand the idea that the Prime Minister is putting the future of Australian school children as an at-risk policy leading into the election.

"And if Tony Abbott and his state counterparts put the same energy and effort into education and giving school kids a fair go, as they do promoting and supporting big mining companies, we would have started investing in education long ago," Senator Milne said.

Australian Greens Education Spokesperson Senator Penny Wright said the public shouldn't have to wait until the election to get action on Gonski.

"It's time Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott put the needs of Australian students and schools first," Senator Penny Wright said.

"If we don't invest in education, Australia will continue to fall behind other countries in the OECD and Asia Pacific region and the gap between disadvantaged schools and privileged schools will widen even further.

"Australian schools need a fairer funding model so that every student has an equal chance to receive a high quality education and reach their full potential.

"The Greens will continue to fight for public education and the Gonski school funding reforms to ensure that all Australian students have a brighter future," Senator Wright said.

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