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Action on education crucial in the Asian Century

Penny Wright 29 Oct 2012

As one of the first major steps towards strengthening its place in the Asia-Pacific region, and to better engage with its Asian neighbours, Australia needs to properly value and resource its public education system, Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright said.

Responding to the Government's Asian White Paper, Senator Wright said that the paper rightly highlighted the need to improve Australia's education system, creating better opportunities for all children and benefitting our whole nation in the long-term.

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Private Schools Should Be Held Accountable For Use Of Public Funds: Greens

Penny Wright 28 Oct 2012

In the wake of two non-government schools in Melbourne closing, the Australian Greens are renewing their call for greater transparency, accountability and standards for use of public funds.

"Non-government schools should be completely transparent in relation to their resourcing and their use of public funds," Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright said.

"It is devastating when a school closes unexpectedly, affecting the welfare of the students, teachers and parents. The current system of oversight is clearly not working.

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Support Australian teachers on World Teachers Day

Penny Wright 26 Oct 2012

Acknowledging the invaluable contribution teachers make to our community, Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright, encouraged Australians to thank teachers for their excellent work on World Teachers Day.

 "A good teacher can make such a difference to a child's education - not only teaching the fundamentals but also inspiring and encouraging them to reach for the stars," Senator Wright said.

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Money for Gonski should trump surplus

Penny Wright 22 Oct 2012

Putting money into funding public schools, especially those which educate the most disadvantaged young Australians, should trump the political surplus projected in today's budget update, the Australian Greens said today.

 "Last month, the Government announced a new, fairer funding model, which is exactly what Australia needs - yet today the Government seems to have failed to make their so-called education crusade a funding priority," Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright, said.

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Estimates: Gonski Questions

Penny Wright 18 Oct 2012

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee
Thursday 18 October 2012

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Senator WRIGHT: Is the department currently drafting legislation or assisting another department to draft legislation to implement the recently announced changes to schools funding in Australia? Is it in the process of being drafted at this moment? 

Ms Paul: We have covered this.

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Greens congratulate 2012 South Australian Public Teaching Award winners

Penny Wright 5 Oct 2012

Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright, has congratulated the overall winners of the 2012 South Australian Public Teaching Awards and praised their commitment to their schools and students.

 "I congratulate and thank these wonderful public school teachers for their dedication and hard work," Senator Wright said. 

 "We are lucky to have many excellent public school teachers in our state who do a crucial job for all of us:  working with students day after day to teach them, inspire them, encourage them and help them dream big.

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