Senate debates

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017; Second Reading

9:50 am

Photo of Nick McKimNick McKim (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

That is right. Exactly. But what that does is give me an almost unique position in this chamber to know exactly what was going on at the time. I am going to tell you now, Senator Collins, what went on at the time. What went on at the time was that David Gonski, in his landmark, groundbreaking report, recommended a range of things, including a sector-blind, needs-based funding model. What Labor delivered was about as far away as you could get from a sector-blind, needs-based funding model. There were agreements with different sectors, different jurisdictions and different states and territories. Obviously, the one I was part of negotiating on Tasmania's behalf at the time was one of those. I have not actually counted those agreements, but there were a lot of them. The government is saying there were 27.


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