Crikey Worm

Jun 19, 2017

Crikey Worm: Government courts Greens, ministers court controversy

This week is all about Gonski 2.0 -- who gives one and at what price for the government? Turnbull is still struggling in the polls, and Donald Trump has been contradicted by his own lawyer. It's the news you need to know, by Sally Whyte and Max Chalmers.

Sally Whyte — Political reporter

Sally Whyte

Political reporter


The government is negotiating with the Greens and the crossbench to pass the "Gonski 2.0" education funding changes this week, and the potential for striking a deal with each of the major players depends on several factors. One Nation whip Brian Burston says in The Australian today that the party is likely to support the legislation as is: “It’s a fair deal, it’s based on need, and the fact a school can apply for extra funding based on special needs I think is a good thing."

Sounds easy, right? His leader Pauline Hanson isn't quoted in the Oz, but in The Courier-Mail she makes it seem like Education Minister Simon Birmingham will have to work for her vote when they meet later today. "I have long said throwing money at education is not always the answer," she said. She reportedly wants to explore what the federal government can do to enforce more discipline in classrooms even though that is a state issue, including students doing "lines" and being forced to repeat a year if they fail. "Classrooms are not some Brisbane Ekka show stall where everyone gets a prize."

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One thought on “Crikey Worm: Government courts Greens, ministers court controversy

  1. Gavin Moodie

    I thought quite good Michelle Grattan’s piece on Gonski 2.0 in the Conversation of 18 June 2017: ‘Will the Greens let the teachers’ union bully them over schools funding?’

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