- Protect our land and water from mining.
- Honesty and integrity in politics
- Local jobs
- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.



Thursday, 18 April 2013

Greens call for legislative agenda for full Gonski, not half a Gonski

MEDIA RELEASE
Monday 15 April 2013


With only three full weeks of parliamentary sitting before the election, the Government needs to commit to a legislative agenda to guarantee the full Gonski school reforms, the Australian Greens said today.

"When is the Gillard Government going to legislate the full Gonski school funding reforms?" Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said today.

"We need a clear commitment from the Government that we will legislate Gonski before the election, not a transitional or half Gonski reform. We only have three full sitting weeks left - when will this reform go through the Federal Parliament?

"This reform is too critical to play politics with - our schools are in desperate need of adequate funding.

"It is ludicrous the Gillard Government will pay more in fossil fuel subsidies in the next six years than it will pay for school funding.

"It is wrong to rob Peter to pay Paul by cutting funding to universities to fund schools.

"This is a direct result of the Government's failure to fix the mining tax, which could have contributed so much to our ailing education system.

"The Government needs to stop cutting funding where it hurts, and start getting serious about spreading the benefits of the resources boom, and transitioning away from a dig it up, cut it down, and ship it away economy, to a diverse, knowledge based, clean, green and clever economy.

"Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne also need to come clean on why they do not support a fair go for all and why they are prepared to let public schools crumble even further.

"Education is the best way to overcome disadvantage and create a strong and resilient community and economy.

"We cannot expect to remain competitive in the Asian Century unless we offer students the best schooling and university qualifications needed to drive a skilled, knowledge-based economy."






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