Gillard slams Newman on Gonski

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has accused Queensland premier Campbell Newman of putting Liberal political interests ahead of the state's children by all-but-rejecting Labor's Gonski education reforms, according to The Australian.

Mr Newman has told the federal government he does not expect his state to meet Ms Gillard's June 30 deadline for the states to agree to the reforms.

His statement drew harsh rebukes from Treasurer Wayne Swan, School Education Minister Peter Garrett and Ms Gillard.

“Parents, principals, teachers and the broader community will wonder why you persist in refusing this extra money for their schools,” Ms Gillard wrote in a letter to Mr Newman.

“It will be extremely disappointing to Queenslanders if you do not put extra money for schools in tomorrow's budget.”

Mr Newman will be delivering his state's budget on Tuesday.

With a lack of political consensus between the federal and state governments, political and education sector stakeholders say they are concerned Labor will introduce its school reform legislation as early as Tuesday without time for adequate debate and consultation.

The parliamentary committee on education may only have one day to review the dense legislation and funding details will not reach schools for at least two weeks, or well after the legislation is expected to have passed, The Australian added.

The Australian Parents Council said it still does not have a clear idea of how the reforms will affect schools next year and beyond, adding the council is “very concerned” that an “important reform is being rushed to meet a parliamentary deadline”, according to the newspaper.

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"The Australian Parents Council said it still does not have a clear idea of how the reforms will affect schools next year and beyond, adding the council is “very concerned” that an “important reform is being rushed to meet a parliamentary deadline”, according to the newspaper." Well, that's no surprise. No case has been made that lack of education spend is the cause of disappointing outcomes, no explanation given for why a large increase in spend over the last 10 years has seen results diminish, yet we propose to spend more money "for our children's sake". We should apply resources to address clear disadvantage, rather than an across the board splash. We should properly examine school performance and outcomes, formulate strategies to address deficiencies, and then seek funding *if required*.
Until the politics of education is removed from the universities where student teachers are trained, Teachers Union influence kept away from school environs and school performances properly audited extra monies would be a waste of financial resources. Gillard's claimed interest in education is just another bit of political theatre that was first played in the UK by Blair and Brown, and no doubt a certain foreigner here holding a 457 visa is the spin creator.
More money does not equal better education. The problem with labor is thay think by spending money we don't have will somehow lift thier fortunes of re-election. They simply do not understand that the average Aussie knows you can't just keep spending. Someone has to pay.
Gillard and her cronies seem to be totally incapable of debating a policy - when they start listening to people (even the opposition) then things might improve for Australia. She's not red headed - she's just pig headed. They are the Government - listen to the people and have an election now.