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MEDIA RELEASE No money, no model

As Schools Minister, Peter Garrett has failed to commit to the Commonwealth’s share of $113 billion in additional funding required by the Gonski report, he has all but consigned it to the dustbin of history, said Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for Education said today.

“The non-government sector knows if there is no money, there is no model,” Mr Pyne said.

“With the Gillard Government refusing to commit to any additional funding and state governments not even consulted about their 70 per cent share before the report was released, there seems to be little chance a new model will be ready to replace the current model that expires next year,” he said.

“Mr Garrett has raised expectations, but he is essentially perpetrating a cruel hoax on the schools sector.

“While spruiking change to schools and parents, Mr Garrett himself was at pains to point out to a meeting of state government bureaucrats last week that Gonski is not Government policy.

“We know Mr Garrett was in show business, but he has gone from ageing rocker to the P.T. Barnum of Australian politics, because he obviously believes a sucker is born every minute.

“Without the additional funding and a commitment to indexation the non-government sector stands to lose billions forcing them to raise school fees or cut teaching jobs.

“Parents already struggling with the cost of living pressures cannot afford the uncertainty Mr Garrett is creating over school fees, nor can schools cope with the uncertainty over funding with the current model expiring at the end of 2013.

“I call on the Gillard Government to extend the existing funding model for another four years to give schools and parents certainty,” Mr Pyne said.

April 5, 2012

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