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.”