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Labor: Gonski 2.0 “an act of political bastardry”

Labor has condemned the Gonski 2.0 plan as calling it “an act of political bastardry” and “smoke and mirrors”.

Labor has announced that the new funding plan would leave Australian schools $22 billion worse off than they would have been under an elected Labor government.

Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek says “It is an attack on Australian children and their parents and their teachers and principals are awake to it,”

“It’s a disgrace dressed up in a press conference the day before the Prime Minister jets out of the country so he doesn’t have to deal with the fallout from angry parents, angry teachers, and angry principals.”

Bill Shorten says “Australians will never trust the Liberals when it comes to properly funding schools. When they think they can get away with it, they’ll cut.”

The Australian Greens have not ruled out support in “the hope of giving schools long-term certainty.”

New plan would legislate federal government funding for schools instead of state and territories.

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