Bill Shorten acts to try to secure Gonski funding

OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten has tried to secure the Gonski school funding by introducing new legislation to protect funding from further budget cuts.

Mr Shorten on Monday introduced the new laws in a bid to tie Commonwealth school funding to promises that state governments would not cut their education funding.

Coming as the government tries to move education and hospital funding largely back to state and territory governments, the bill attempts to make sure the Federal Government retains responsibility.

But, despite David Gonski and other key reforms advisers urging the government to keep the funding changes, with the Abbott government holding the numbers in the House of Representatives, it is unlikely to proceed further.

Mr Shorten said if the government did support it, it would ensure education funding could not be further cut in coming state government budgets, including Queensland's due for release next week.


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