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Gonski 2.0: Turnbull’s Great Heist

The announcement of the Turnbull Government’s intention to commit to a massive increase in funding for Australian schools has upturned Australian politics. Andrew Wong explores the ramifications of ‘Gonski 2.0’.

Consequences of the university funding cuts

In April, then-Minister for Tertiary Education Craig Emerson announced the federal government would be looking to make $2.3 billion in budget savings from the higher education sector in order to help fund and implement the ‘Better Schools Plan’, better known simply as the Gonski reforms. The core principle behind the Gonski reforms is that every Australian child should have access to the best possible education, regardless of location, income, or the type of school their parents have chosen for them.

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2013-14 Budget: That’s a Wrap!

And it’s that time of year again – Budget 2013-14 has been released, full of figures, policies and ideological gobbledygook. Never fear, the ESSA budget wrap-up will get you across the headline data, big ticket spending items, new sources of revenue, as well as the reactions of the major stakeholders and political parties!

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Why we sometimes have to rob Peter to pay Paul

Critics have called it “incoherent” and “schizophrenic” [1].

It sounds alarming on its own, but the Federal Government’s $2.3bn proposed cuts to funding for tertiary education is not the be-all and end-all to signing off David Gonski’s school funding deal. And while less spending money is never a good thing, opponents of the funding cuts are sounding the alarmist gong too soon.

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Will the Gonski reforms mean higher teacher salaries?

Great teachers inspire their students profoundly and provide a foundation from which learning is optimally facilitated. They often do not just teach the required material; rather, they show students the process of learning and thus enable them to achieve academically without as much direct teacher instruction and support. Perhaps the greatest problem facing Australia’s education system is that we simply do not have enough of these great teachers.

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