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Budget 2011: Government embarrassed by further Computers in Schools cost blow-out

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Christopher Pyne, MP 

Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training  Manager of Opposition Business in the House   

Government embarrassed by further Computers in

Published 11/5/2011

Labor's budget contains another cost blow-out in the Computers in Schools programme, bringing the total blow-out to

over $1.4 billion and the total cost of the programme to $2.4 billion, said Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for

Education today.

"Originally this policy was meant to provide a computer for every student in year nine to year twelve for $1 billion," Mr

Pyne said.

"Labor's policy was originally costed on the assumption that each computer would be $1000, and there were 1,000,000

students entitled to receive one.

"Over a three year period we saw state government revolts, bungled deliveries, computers in boxes for months, parents

being charged additional costs and of course waste and mismanagement.

"Just last week Julia Gillard admitted that the Government had delivered 413,000 computers out of the 1,000,000

promised, and the Prime Minister claimed the programme was on schedule.

"In fact, the computers in schools programme that is supposed to achieve a 1:1 ratio by December 2011 must now

provide around 600,000 computers in six months, more than the Government has managed to deliver in three and a half


"Coupled with this new blow-out, the Computers in Schools programme remains another Labor Education debacle and

another example of waste and mismanagement in education," Mr Pyne said.

May 11, 2011


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