In the run-up to Labor's landslide election win in 2007, Labor leader Kevin Rudd made an election commitment to give a lap top to every student in years 9-12 -- whether from a private or public school. Did it happen?
The specific promise was absent from Labor's 2007 national platform, but it was acted upon. The plan began to take shape in 2009 when the states and territories agreed to the Digital Education Revolution (DER) national partnership. Last Sunday, the $2.1 billion of federal funding afforded to the plan came to an end; as of July 1 schools will be expected to make their own investments to extend and maintain the digital resources they have.