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MEDIA RELEASE Damning assessment of school legislation   

In a damning assessment of Labor’s school funding model, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has reportedly agreed to significant legislative changes of the Australian Education Act in an effort to secure agreement, said the Shadow Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne.

“Mr Rudd has reportedly indicated after the election Labor will remove contentious elements of the Australian Education Act that give the Federal Minister for Education unfettered power to intervene in the day to day operations of schools,” Mr Pyne said.

“If Labor got this wrong in the first place, why should anyone trust them to fix it after the election?

“Mr Rudd needs to commit to repealing the legislation and starting again. Labor is turning school funding into a dog’s breakfast of special deals and secret arrangements,” Mr Pyne said.

“The Coalition has estimated over $1 billion in special deals, entirely off the Budget.

“Rudd Labor is focussed on short-term election fixes rather than good policy outcomes for Australian students.

“By secretly agreeing to significant legislative changes to the Australian Education Act just days before an election is likely to be called, Mr Rudd has plunged the entire model into uncertainty,” Mr Pyne said.

23 July 2013   

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