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Australia Ex-NSW minister Piccoli backs Gonski 2.0

14:25  19 june  2017
14:25  19 june  2017 Source:

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Former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli – one of the strongest champions of the original Gonski agreements – has broken ranks with his own government to support the Turnbull government's new school funding model.

NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has blasted comments made by his coalition colleague and new Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham as the state's hopes of federal funding for the final two years of Gonski reforms are slashed.

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Gonski 2.0 is an improvement on the current schools funding model and should be passed by the federal parliament, former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli says.

The Nationals MP, who backed Labor's original Gonski reforms, has now broken ranks with the Berejiklian government in calling on politicians in Canberra to vote in favour of the needs-based formula.

"It improves the model, it's not perfect but it improves it to make it fairer," Mr Piccoli told AAP on Monday.

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The Turnbull Government hopes an education spending splurge will end the school funding wars, but they might have started a new battle in NSW .

Sydney. NSW . Politics. Hide subsections. Malcolm Turnbull backs Gonski 2 . 0 'blueprint' for radical overhaul of Australian curriculum. Mr Gonski and Education Minister Simon Birmingham stressed the changes would not amount to dumbing down the national curriculum, which was endorsed by the

"That's why the (federal) legislation needs to be passed."

Former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli © AAP Image/Paul Miller Former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli

Mr Piccoli admits the amount of funding on the table under Gonski 2.0 "isn't enough" but says states and territories can continue fighting for more cash once the improved system is in place.

"It's not just about money, it's about how it gets distributed," the ex-minister said.

"Under the current plan, over-funded schools continue to be funded.

"We will continue fighting over the money but don't lose the fight for the legislation."

Current NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes insists the state government will continue to push for the final two years of the original Gonski deal which would deliver more money.

While he's "pleased" the commonwealth is moving towards a needs-based model he says the message from the NSW government remains consistent.

"It continues to be our expectation that that agreement that remains on foot is honoured by the commonwealth government," Mr Stokes said in a statement.

Greens senator Lee Rhiannon could be expelled from party room over Gonski 2.0 campaign .
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