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Monday, 11 February 2013
Page: 788

School Education

Debate resumed on the motion by Ms Rishworth:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges the important work done by Mr David Gonski AC in conducting the first review into school funding and school education in almost 40 years;

(2) recognises the transformative power of education and the importance of ensuring that we have a school system that provides all Australian children with a real chance to reach their full potential;

(3) supports the principles emerging from this review which have been incorporated into the Government's National Plan for School Improvement, including the need to deliver;

(a) a fairer school funding system based on the needs of every student in every classroom;

(b) more support for schools and students who need it most;

(c) quality teaching in every classroom;

(d) more power in the hands of school principals; and

(e) more information about school performance for parents and the community; and

(4) recognises that the National Plan for School Improvement will build on the reforms the Government has already delivered to ensure every Australian school is a great school, including:

(a) the construction of new and upgraded facilities at around 9,500 schools;

(b) delivering record funding to support students with disability; and

(c) working with States and Territories to deliver a national curriculum.