The Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, has confirmed that the government will honour school funding commitments of the previous government for 2014 but will implement a new funding model after that.
Pyne was quizzed about the government’s abandonment of its commitment to the previous Labor government’s school funding agreements at a press conference today.
Pyne described the situation it inherited as “Shorten’s shambles”. He said the government will abandon an “incomprehensible mess” and implement a new funding model that will be “flatter” and “simpler”.
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Official transcript of Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s press conference.
CHRISTOPHER PYNE: …the unfortunate revelation that the previous government when Mr Shorten was the education minister cut $1.2 billion from the school funding envelope for the next four years. In the economic statement of 2 August 2013 the Government – which was the political document released by the Treasurer Mr Bowen – the Government revealed on page 57 that treatment of payments for non-participating states and territories was NFP which stands for not for publication. We’ve got other names for it as well, but not for publication – NFP. [Read more...]