Senate debates

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Questions without Notice

Education Funding

2:38 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Education and Training) Share this | Hansard source

I am delighted that a range of peak bodies in the education and schooling sector, experts in educational pedagogies and industry bodies have welcomed the approach the Turnbull coalition government is taking with our plan to make sure school funding drives reforms and outcomes in schools around Australia. They understand it is not just about how much you spend, it is about how well and how wisely you spend it, and you have to make sure the money goes where it will make the greatest difference. I quote from an editorial in the Herald Sun:

This is why it is important that every dollar spent on the education system is done so in a way that maximises the learning potential of students while getting the most value out of teachers. The Government's back-to-basics approach deserves support and could spell a positive change in the way we prepare our youth for the challenges ahead.

It is a detailed plan, it is a real plan and it is in contrast to those opposite. (Time expired)


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