THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
LIBERALS CONFESS THEY ARE NOT DELIVERING GONSKI
Today in Senate Estimates, the Liberals were forced to confess they are not delivering needs-based schools funding as recommended by David Gonski in his review from 2011.
That’s despite Malcolm Turnbull saying this in Question Time yesterday: “…my government is doing, is delivering precisely what David Gonski called for…”
The Liberals’ Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, had to admit his policy that Commonwealth government funding should be 80 per cent for private schools and 20 per cent for public schools was not a recommendation of Mr Gonski’s review.
It was a “decision of government,” Mr Birmingham confessed today.
Simon Birmingham also had to admit his policy would only get one in seven public schools to their fair funding level, even after ten years.
Mr Birmingham confessed that under his policy no public schools in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and the Northern Territory will reach a fair level of funding. That’s despite Mr Gonski’s review saying that “…the Australian Government [should] assum[e] a greater role in the funding of government schools”.
The Liberals schools funding policy is not fair, is not needs-based, and not what David Gonski’s review recommended.