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Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Page: 668


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (15:37): Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a short statement

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: The government will not be supporting this motion, but it is important to note that the former government did leave school funding in a mess. The hurried agreements that were signed in the dying days of the previous government meant that some states secured funding while others missed out completely. The coalition government is delivering what the previous government failed to do. That is a national agreement on school funding that ensures parents, principals and students, regardless of where they live, have funding certainty. The government is implementing a funding model that is national, fair and needs based, while getting rid of the prescriptive command and control features that removed authority for schools from the states and territories and the non-government sector. The coalition made clear that it would deliver a school funding system that is fair and national, and that is what the government is doing.

Question agreed to.