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TONY WINDSOR B.Ec MP INDEPENDENT FEDERAL MEMBER FOR NEW ENGLAND

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Media Release 12th November 2012 Gonski reforms to benefit country schools The New South Wales Teachers Federation campaign in support of the recommendations of the Gonski Report has received the backing of the Independent Member for New England, Tony Windsor. Mr Windsor spoke with local teachers outside Oxley High today as they kicked off a letterbox drop of nearby homes as part of their ‘Do Your Block for Gonski’ campaign. Mr Windsor believes the recommendations of the Gonski Report would benefit country students. “The Gonski Report proposes boosting funding to schools by around $5 billion a year, with much of that money flowing to public schools to address the gap between the highest and lowest achieving students,” Mr Windsor said. “Gonski outlines a new model of funding schools on the basis of a resource standard per student, with extra loadings to cover those with disabilities, in rural and remote areas and from indigenous or disadvantaged backgrounds. “This new model is a much fairer way of directing resources towards those schools that need it most, while also ensuring that the wealthiest schools are able to maintain their high standards. “Country students have a lot to gain from the implementation of this new funding model,” Mr Windsor said. Mr Windsor says this hung parliament offers a unique opportunity to advance difficult reform. “For years, turf wars within the education sector have held back progress,” Mr Windsor said. “The Gonski Report charts a way through such disputes, while the hung parliament has reduced the power of vested interests to block key reforms. “I am encouraging the Federal Government to adopt the recommendations of the Gonski Report. “I am pleased to support the NSW Teachers Federation in their campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of this reform for the future of our children and the country,” Mr Windsor concluded.