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Private schools should be held accountable for use of public funds: Greens



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MEDIA RELEASE

28 October 2012

Private Schools Should Be Held Accountable For Use Of Public Funds: Greens

In the wake of two non-government schools in Melbourne closing, the Australian Greens are renewing their call for greater transparency, accountability and standards for use of public funds.

"Non-government schools should be completely transparent in relation to their resourcing and their use of public funds," Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright said.

"It is devastating when a school closes unexpectedly, affecting the welfare of the students, teachers and parents. The current system of oversight is clearly not working.

"Non-government schools that receive public funding should be required to comply with high standards of transparency, accountability and community standards. That is not only important for the Australian community but the individual school communities as well.

“We currently have a double standard. Unlike public schools, non-government schools are currently not held accountable for where the public money they receive is spent.

"Public funding requires public accountability.”

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