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Charter schools not the panacea for Australia’s education system

Penny Wright 31 Aug 2015

The implementation of charter schools, based on an ideological push for "autonomy", will not provide better education outcomes for students, warns Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

The new report from the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) today called for charter schools to be introduced in Australia.

But this is a model that has already failed overseas and researchers in Australia have found no evidence to indicate changes in enrolments or student achievement.

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Tighter gun laws, not mandatory sentencing needed to make Australians safer.

Penny Wright 17 Aug 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright says tighter gun laws, not mandatory sentencing for firearm offences, are needed to keep Australians safe.

Senator Wright will today move an amendment in the Senate to remove a five year mandatory sentence for firearm trafficking.

Senator Wright said that mandatory sentencing is unfair, ineffective and undermines longstanding legal principles, pointing out that "if the Government were really serious about cracking down on firearms they would not be cutting deals with crossbenchers to let firearms in."

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