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Crikey Clarifier: can we ever solve a problem like Gonski?

There’s been another turn in the Gonski saga — Kevin Rudd has extended the deadline for states to sign up. Is this major education reform still worth it, and what does it now mean?

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Labor may be Gonski, but marks for trying on education

Labor has tried to do the right thing by schools. But the Gonski reforms are far from a done deal — and this presents both problems and opportunities for educators.

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With tighter budgets, universities must change course

The federal government’s university cuts will hit staff and students hard. And the lobbying effort will need to change course, writes Grattan Institute higher education program director Andrew Norton.

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Gonski’s education revolution demolished in a weekend

Within a single weekend a long debate over education reform took a dramatic and probably doomed turn. States have revolted on David Gonski’s plan, bouyed a likely Coalition government in Canberra.

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The Power Index: why David Gonski rules the boardroom

David Gonski, not surprisingly, rejects the idea of his own power. But when you add up his boardroom roles — from Coca-Cola to Investec to Infrastructure NSW and the Sydney Theatre Company — and his relationships in Canberra, there’s little doubt he rules corporate Australia.

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Smokes but no cigar for David Gonski’s Fund

David Gonski has been chairman of the Future Fund for only three months but already he’s hit real trouble with the fund’s surprising determination to invest in tobacco, writes James Kirby of Business Spectator.

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David Gonski aka corporate Australia’s Mr. Teflon: nothing sticks

Grey, bespectacled and balding, David Gonski is the fixer and negotiator favoured by the big end of town. He’s a smart, humble and well-connected businessman, writes Tom Cowie.

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Murray doesn’t think carbon’s a problem, so why tax it?

The government’s carbon pricing plan is far from perfect policy, but it’s hard to take the criticism of Murray seriously given that he doesn’t think there’s any correlation between warming and carbon dioxide.

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The petrol excise debate: fuel for thought

Crikey readers have their say.

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No ‘shemozzle’, but Gonski post raises governance questions

Peter Costello calls the process that has led to the appointment of David Gonski as chair of the Future Fund board of guardians “a shemozzle”. Whether or not it was good practice is a matter for judgment, says Stephen Bartos.

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Mayne: why David Gonski could solve Gina Rinehart’s problems

There’s an obvious solution to the Gina Rinehart family mess. The key resources assets should be sold. How much does the family need? Well, surely Rinehart would be happy to walk away with $4 billion in cash and the four kids could get by with $500 million each.

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David Gonski: a man for all seasons

David Gonski’s job as Future Fund chairman will be to bring peace to the warring factions on the board, a task that was deemed to be beyond former Treasurer Peter Costello. And we doubt anyone could do it better.

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A review is about fairness and equity?

Crikey readers have their say.

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Schools don’t just need more money to succeed

The Australian report was full of calls for increased government spending, perhaps an extra $5 billion a year. The OECD’s report concluded that the countries with the best educational outcomes were not those that spent the most money.

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Why Gonski is unlikely to ever be implemented

The Gonski funding formula is sound but unlikely to ever get up - it requires too much of the states.

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Gonski: good report but too expensive?

Crikey media wrap: A landmark report into Australian education that calls for an overhaul in education funding was greeted with a lukewarm reception by the government.

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Gonski proposes school funding overhaul

The Gonski education funding review has proposed a significant overhaul of school funding to a federal government that is deeply worried about being seen to remove funding from private schools.

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Centro ruling a ‘burden on directors’: Gonski

It didn’t take long for the Director’s Club to mount a rearguard action following the Federal Court declaring that the directors of Centro breached their directors’ duties.

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Westfield changes aimed at heading off AGM revolt

Westfield boss Frank Lowy yesterday agreed to surrender his $41,000-a-day salary in a shrewd piece of juggling.

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