Education squabble continues as Canberra launches campaign to sell Gonski 2.0

Labor claims the Federal Government’s new education funding plan will leave schools worse off.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Education Minister Simon Birmingham launched a radio and television interview blitz last night, confirming $13 billion would be poured into Australian schools over the next 10 years.

Mr Turnbull said the Labor government never had the money to meet David Gonski’s full vision for education funding.


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“It was never funded, it was a mishmash of inconsistent deals,” he told the ABC.

“Consistency and equity is the key, this is what we are delivering and we are delivering substantial additional funding.”

But Shadow Education Minister Tanya Plibersek said the plan has nothing on what Labor initially proposed.

“Universities will tell you they have already had their funding cut by billions of dollars under this government” she said.

“To cut further would make delivering a really good education to young Australians very difficult.”

The Federal Education Minister admits he doesn’t yet have the blessing of all states and territories for the Government’s new schools funding plan, in what’s been labelled Gonski 2.0.

Simon Birmingham has conceded his Queensland counterpart isn’t yet on board.

“They will want to look at the details, and I respect that, but I hope that Kate (Jones) and the Queensland government can appreciate what it is we are trying to achieve here,” he said.