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Greens back better education system for Tasmania and Australia

Media Release
Penny Wright 9 Jul 2013

Today the Australian Greens have welcomed the news that Tasmania will sign up to the Gonski education funding plan. Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson highlighted the importance of the Greens role in minority government at both the State and Federal level including having a Greens Education Minister in Tasmania, Nick McKim.

"This is great news for students and their families now and into the future and we need to recognise the contribution of Greens members of Tasmanian and Federal parliament," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

"Tasmania made history having Australia's first Greens Minister for Education and today Tasmania is part of this historic, once in a generation opportunity to build a better education system for our children, " he concluded.

Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright, urged all remaining states to sign up for a more equitable funding system without delay.

"Every child has the right to receive a high quality education. It would a great shame for some students to miss out because of political game-playing," Senator Wright said.

"Australia's educational and economic strength depends on a more equitable school funding system where all students, no matter what school they attend, have the best education to prepare for adult life.

"With only days to go before the Federal Government's deadline expires, the Australian Greens urge the remaining states to listen to their communities and back a better future for our kids."

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