Queensland calls for fair Gonski funding

19th August 2012

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek says Queensland will not sign up to expensive Federal Government reforms that leave almost a third of schools worse off.

In responding to today’s News Limited report, Mr Langbroek said more work had to be done before the Federal Government could bring a proposal to the table.

“It is concerning that these early projections suggest that nearly 500 Queensland schools could face losing funding under the Gonski reforms,” Minister Langbroek said.

“The figures indicate that Queensland schools could lose nearly $200 million across the state and non-state sectors.

“This equates to a $119 million loss for 355 state schools, $69.5 million for 104 Catholic schools and nearly $10 million for 20 Independent schools.

“The bottom line is that we will not be supporting any plan that leaves Queensland schools worse off.

“We have been assured by our Federal leaders that no school will lose funding so there is simply more work to be done so that all schools can benefit.

“The Prime Minister’s assurance that schools will not be disadvantaged means the plan carries a price tag of $6.5 billion nationally, of which Queensland’s share is more than $900 million.

“Given the condition of the state’s finances, Queensland is not in a position to fund the Commonwealth Government’s reform agenda – especially if the reforms fail to achieve their objectives.”

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  1. Brenda Lines says:

    Recent reports in the media about the Gonski recommendations for school funding published a list of schools which were supposedly going to lose money under Gonski. How this list was created is a mystery because the modelling on which this funding would be based and allocated to schools has not been finalised. The Opposition, which has consistently declared they would not support Gonski, now expect the public to accept that they not only know what the modelling will look like, but how the allocations to schools will work. The lists are essentially a scare campaign driven by Christopher Pyne, whose performance on a recent programme of Q and A on the ABC made it crystal clear where he and his Party stand in regards to education funding and public schooling. As the Government has not yet released the final funding model, the Opposition would be hard pressed to back up its claims of any schools receiving less funding than they currently have. The whole point of Gonski is to ensure that no school suffers a loss of funding, and many under-funded schools will benefit, no matter which education sector they are in. The Government has consistently stated their commitment that no school will lose under Gonski. The facts are that if Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party were to gain Government at the next federal election they propose cutting education funding by $2.8 billion, as well as dis-continuing the National Partnership Agreements and their associated funding. Add this to the current under-funding of more than $5 billion and then publish a list of the schools which will really lose funds under the Opposition, many of which are experiencing extreme hardship right now. This list would, I suggest, run to many pages in any newspaper. The Gonski recommendations and the associated changes to the education funding model mean real and meaningful changes are possible for students across Australia. They mean that a postcode will not dictate educational success. All students will have the support and the opportunity to reach their potential. This can only have a positive impact on the future of Australia and all Australians. Resources delayed means students denied.

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