The opposition leader has shown exactly where Gonski funds would be spent under Labor
May 11, 2016 | News | by The Learning Press staff
To see the proposed additional funding detailed by electorate click here
Labor has unveiled a seat-by-seat breakdown of how it will target an extra $3.8 billion in schools funding as it ramps up pressure on the Government over education.
The needs-based Gonski funding, to be raised through an increase in tobacco excise, would go to schools throughout the country under a Labor government and is one of the most popular features of the ALP’s election platform.
The new breakdown shows NSW receiving the lion’s share of funds with an extra $1.4 billion allocated, followed by Victoria with $815 million, Queensland with $725 million, South Australia with $355 million, WA with $330 million, NT with $100 million, Tasmania with $60 million and ACT with $25 million.
Education may prove a key issue this election, with public support for Gonski unwavering despite the Coalition repeatedly arguing that money is not the magic bullet to arresting Australia’s falling international academic performance.
The PM has committed an extra 1.2 billion to schools over three years post-2017, tied to a series of measures designed to lift teaching and learning standards and make schools more accountable for how funds are spent.
While state governments are required to provide partnership funding under the Labor-backed Gonski model, Mr Shorten says he is confident of reaching agreement with states previously unwilling to commit to increased education contributions.
In the media scramble surrounding his first week of campaigning, The Guardian newspaper reported the following exchange:
Questioner: “School results haven’t improved with the money allocated so why is more money the answer?”
Bill Shorten: “The only people who say more money isn’t the answer are generally people who already have a lot of money.”
Questioner: “You’re proposing extra federal funding for schools but how will you ensure states like Queensland which never signed up to the last Gonski deals won’t cut their education budgets or keep it flat lining?”
Bill Shorten: “There’s been a change in the government of Queensland. Campbell Newman, who was remarkably belligerent in his negotiations with us - I think that was his modus operandi - the government’s changed.”
The Gonski funding would not equate to a “blank cheque” according to Labor’s Your Child. Our Future policy document.
“This funding…comes with strict obligations and benchmarks on systems, schools and teachers, so that parents can track improvements in their children’s learning,” it states.
“Additional school funding is an investment, and we want to see the best possible return for every student, and as a country.”
To see the proposed additional funding detailed by electorate click here.