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Inquiry slams Abbott over broken Gonski promises

Penny Wright 9 Jul 2014

Tony Abbott's broken promises on the Gonski school funding agreements will disadvantage every Australian student, a Senate Inquiry has found.

Australian Greens spokesperson on schools and deputy chair of the Senate Select Committee into Schools Funding Senator Penny Wright said the committee recommended the Government re-introduce the fifth and sixth years of funding to address inequality across Australian schools.

"Despite all of Tony Abbott's election promises, every school is going to be worse off," Senator Wright said.

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Pyne picks wrong approach to fix remote schools

The Abbott Government's huge cuts to education and indigenous programs and will hold back students in remote schools despite Education Minister Christopher Pyne's Direct Instruction plan, say the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said the Coalition's abandonment of the Gonski funding model would see remote schools miss out on millions of dollars that would have helped attract and retain specialist literacy teachers.

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Put mental health support in schools

I move that the Senate

1.       notes

a.       the findings of the Youth Mental Health Report by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute, which states 60 per cent of young people with a mental illness are not comfortable seeking information, advice or support from community agencies, online counselling or telephone hotlines

b.      the judgement of the High Court in Williams and The Commonwealth (no. 2), which found the Commonwealth's National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program to be unconstitutional

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Families set to lose more money under new child care legislation

Figures released by the Greens have shown that some families will reach the childcare rebate cap before the end of each financial year, and will be hit even harder by new legislation introduced today. Today the Greens have appealed to the new cross bench to work with them to block these measures in the Senate.

“This is a hit to families who are already struggling to make ends meet,” the Greens spokesperson for childcare, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Labor teams up with Abbott to support cruel cuts to childcare

The Labor party and the Abbott Government have teamed up in the Senate to wave through the governments savage cuts to childcare.

“Labor and the Abbott government have ripped thousands of dollars from the pockets of Australian families, at a time when parents are already struggling to meet the rising cost of childcare,” the Greens' childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Hasty curriculum review should be canned

Penny Wright 17 Jun 2014

Minister for Education Christopher Pyne has responded to Greens pressure to release the preliminary report of the Review into the Australian curriculum, posting the report online this afternoon.

However, Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said she was not surprised how little had been achieved by the reviewers.

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Greens force release of curriculum review report

Penny Wright 17 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens will today force the release of the preliminary report of the Abbott Government's review into the national curriculum within seven days.

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright will this afternoon move a production of documents motion, to be supported by Labor, which will require the Minister to release the preliminary report by Kevin Donnelly and Ken Wiltshire.

"This review has been shrouded in secrecy. The public deserve to know what's being planned for our schools," Senator Wright said.

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Nats must stand up to Tony Abbott on Gonski funding

Penny Wright 14 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens have called on federal National MPs join the NSW branch in publically advocating for the full six years of Gonski funding.

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright commended NSW Education Minister and National Party member Adrian Piccoli for his speech in support of the full Gonski funding at the NSW Nationals conference.

"As Mr Piccoli says, funding the full six years of Gonski will benefit country schools the most," Senator Wright said.

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