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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Page: 1016


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:05): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: There are no Commonwealth funding cuts to South Australian schools. Total Commonwealth funding over the budget and forward estimates will increase by 23.5 per cent to all South Australian schools and by 32.9 per cent to South Australian government schools. Although a full signatory to the so-called Gonski deal, Jay Weatherill's state Labor government has reduced state funding for government schools by around five times the level of growth in federal funding. State hypocrisy reached spectacular heights when, over 2013-14 to 2014-15, Commonwealth funding to government schools increased by $12.2 million while the South Australian state Labor government slashed funding by $56 million.

Question agreed to.