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Government should spell out policy on non-government school funding



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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA

HOUSE OFVSff^tbESENTATIVES

PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA, A.C.T. 2 6 00 TEL 77 7111

PRESS RELEASE BY MR PETER REITH MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

GOVERNMENT SHOULD SPKT.T. OUT POLICY ON NON-GOVERNMENT SCHOOL· FUNDING

The Federal Government should spell out exactly how much it intends to cut non-government school funding after 1992.

Last Friday the Minister for Education attacked the National Catholic Education Commission but failed to respond to the concerns expressed by the National Catholic Education Commission and the Australian Parents Council.

Mr Dawkins released his policy last week and called for discussion. He then responded to the first comments by saying that his critics were either making mischief or did not know what they were talking about.

The Minister should make his policy more specific. He should answer the following questions:

1) In real terms, will total Commonwealth funding for non-government schools, compared to 1992, be maintained post 1992?

2) What impact will the changes to the Education Resources Index have on funding levels? In other words, whilst the 12 categories remain, is the Minister proposing a subtle shifting of the goal posts?

3) Will all non-government schools that do not increase fees by 3 per cent per annum until 1992 be either i) recategorised or ii) if not recategorised will such schools receive less

4) Will the Minister guarantee that no school will be worse off as a result of his proposed policy and that no school or school system after 1992 will be worse off on a per capita basis compared to pre 1992.

The Minister claims in his policy document that stability and security in Commonwealth funding arrangements is an important principle underpinning the Commonwealth general recurrent funding beyond 1992.

If the Minister is genuine in providing stability and security than he needs to make his intentions much clearer.

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