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Senator Wright motion for NAPLAN inquiry

Penny Wright 15 May 2013

I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I will move:

That the following matter be referred to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee for inquiry and report by 27 June 2013:

The effectiveness of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), with specific reference to:

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Country South Aussies let down by budget

The 2013 Labor Budget will do little to ease the stress on country South Australians, say Australian Greens Senators Sarah Hanson Young and Penny Wright.

"Labor has spent more time listening to mining companies, the big banks and their factions than the people in rural and regional communities," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The Greens stood up for regional South Australia during the Murray Darling Basin debate while our colleagues in the old parties and those upstream tried to sell us down the river.

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Put NAPLAN to the test: Greens push for Senate Inquiry

Penny Wright 11 May 2013

NAPLAN testing must be reviewed and improved in light of increasing concerns from parents and teachers that misuse of test results is distracting from student learning, says Australian Greens spokesperson on Schools Senator Penny Wright.

The Australian Greens will this week move for a Senate Inquiry into the tests to examine any unintended consequences of the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy tests.

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Policy beats politics as Premier gets on with Gonski

Penny Wright 23 Apr 2013

Opposition leader Tony Abbott must re-evaluate his position on the Gonski school funding reforms in light of New South Wales's partnership with the Federal Government, say the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright welcomed Premier O'Farrell's clear show of leadership today and said other premiers must be quick to follow his example in getting on with Gonski.

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See struggling schools for yourself, Greens urge Abbott

Penny Wright 22 Apr 2013

The Australian Greens have called on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to visit disadvantaged public schools before pledging to repeal any Gonski legislation.

Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools Senator Penny Wright said Mr Abbott's comments showed tremendous ignorance about systemic inequality in Australian schools.

"Mr Abbott needs to see for himself the strain so many of our public schools are under," Senator Wright said.

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The Greens are the only party standing up for Gonski

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

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Hold premiers accountable if education talks fail

Penny Wright 18 Apr 2013

State Premiers who do not sign up to the Gonski school funding reforms at tomorrow's COAG meeting must be held accountable, says Australian Greens spokesperson on Schools, Senator Penny Wright.

"If Coalition state Premiers fail to reach an agreement to fairly fund our schools, our whole nation will suffer," Senator Wright said.

"It will cost our economy billions and leave so many Australian children behind and these Premiers must be held accountable for that.

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