Posted on 14. May, 2014 in News

The Napthine Government couldn’t locate a single dollar of Gonski funding in the State Budget. Now we know why: There isn’t any.

Denis Napthine and Tony Abbott will never deliver their promised $5.4 billion in Gonski funding. The National Agreement has been abandoned. The funding has been cut.

The Napthine Government, in last week’s State Budget, only allocated funding for annual increases in enrolment, but Gonski was never about predicted annual growth.

The Gonski educational reforms were set to deliver additional needs based funding to minimise educational disadvantage and facilitate a high quality education for every student in every school.

Quotes attributable to Mr Merlino:

“Denis Napthine has abandoned this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Victorian students.”

“Education and skills should be our priorities, but Denis Napthine is putting them last.”

“Under the Liberals, our kids will miss out.”

Key Facts

• Richard Bolt, Secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, said Victoria refused to appear before Senate Inquiry into Gonski because “it wasn’t a priority”.
• There was no mention of the national Gonski agreement in Minister Dixon’s presentation to the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC).
• The Napthine Government agreed to provide an additional $5.4 billion over six years to schools. This Budget did not deliver a single dollar.
• The Napthine Government used the cover of signing up to Gonski to cut the Education Maintenance Allowance, but isn’t providing additional money to make up for it.

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