Coalition to dump Gonski reforms


The Federal Coalition has revealed it will repeal any legislation passed to introduce the Gonski reforms to the school funding system if elected to government next year.

Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne, who believes the reforms would lead to higher private school fees, said the Coalition would support legislation extending the existing funding model for two years to allow the public to decide at the federal election which party's policy it supported.

''Anything the government did that undermined non-government school funding and was forced on parents we will dismantle,'' Mr Pyne told The Age.

''The public should be allowed to choose at the next election between the certainty of the Coalition and the uncertainty of the government.''

The Gonski model aims to resolve entrenched disadvantage by allocating a standard amount for every student, with added loadings for students with a disability and those from low-income, indigenous and non-English-speaking families.

Federal Schools Education Minister Peter Garrett has repeatedly said he aims to introduce legislation to overhaul school funding this year following the recommendations of the Gonski review.

The current funding model expires at the end of 2013, which means the government needs to introduce the legislation this year - or at the very latest early next year - so the new model is in place for the start of the 2014 school year.


Coalition to dump Gonski reforms: Pyne (The Age)

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