The Federal Coalition welcomes the Victorian Government’s new school funding proposal and will look closely at the details, said the Shadow Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne today.
“The Baillieu Government has now responded to the Gonski review and offered a detailed proposal with meat on the bones, something Federal Labor hasn't managed after five and a half years of promises,” Mr Pyne said.
“Victoria has belled the cat on Federal Labor's plans to implement a new extraordinary level of bureaucracy and federal intervention in our schools with the Plan for School Improvement.
“No serious State Government could support Canberra dictating how to run schools. It is a State Government responsibility and they are accountable to the electorate.
“The Baillieu Government has also said they will not support Labor's new model which creates funding losers and I commend them for this action.
“We now know the Gillard Government's promise that no school will lose a dollar in funding doesn’t include indexation in real terms.
“Victoria's proposal to take up the Gonski Panel's recommendation that disability funding be madeportable between school sectors is something the Coalition supports as it essentially mirrors our 2010 election policy.
“Portable funding allows choice in education. The question for Labor is will they also be proposing portable loadings or are they too beholden to their union masters who are ideologically opposed to funding portability.
“The Federal Coalition will be working constructively with all the States. We acknowledge that a nationwide one size fits all approach is simply incompatible with our diverse schooling system.
“The States run Government schools, not the Commonwealth. School funding policy should originate from them, not the other way around.
February 23, 2013