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Turnbull "walking away from education" cutting Gonski: Govt

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THE QLD Government has said Malcolm has "walked away from education" just weeks before the start of the 2016 school year. 

Queensland Minister for Education Kate Jones said Federal Minister Simon Birmingham's announcement that the

Turnbull Government will not discuss new funding deals until 2018 is a slap in the face just weeks after they confirmed they will not reverse $6 billion worth of cuts to Queensland state, Catholic and independent schools.

"Over the next 5 years enrolments in Queensland's state, independent and Catholic schools are expected to grow by almost 90,000 so we can't simply stop talking about education funding just because Simon Birmingham wants to," Ms Jones said.

"After locking in cuts to Queensland classrooms, the Turnbull Government is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Queensland principals, teachers, parents and students by trying to take education off the national agenda.

"But Queenslanders deserve certainty and have a right to know what the Turnbull Government's plan is for the future of education.

"A leopard doesn't change its spots and it's clear that even after changing leaders, the Liberals still don't understand how important education is to Australia's future.

"Earlier this month Malcolm Turnbull said he wanted an ideas boom but it's a hollow call when he's ripping money out of classrooms and refusing to discuss the future of education.

"Queenslanders deserve better and the Palaszczuk Government will fight for a better deal for our state," Ms Jones said.

Topics:  education gonski kate jones malcolm turnbull


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