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.