Page 2035 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 15 May 2013

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20,000 jobs, depending on which city Mr Abbott or Mr Hockey are in and which media outlet they are talking to. But even if it is only 12,000, that will send this economy into recession.

Mr Wall, you can certainly worry about building approvals if 12,000 jobs are cut. You can certainly worry about cost of living for Canberra families if they do not have a job. That is the most significant impact on cost of living. It is not having a job. If you do not have a job because Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott have sacked you, aided and abetted by would-be senator Mr Seselja, then you have absolute reason to be angry with the Liberal Party of Australia.


MRS JONES: My question is to the Chief Minister. I am speaking of Gonski. In the 2013-14 commonwealth budget handed down last night, the budget papers stated:

Commonwealth National Education Reform funding, to be calculated according to the Schooling Resources methodology, will replace the National Schools SPP from 1 January 2014.

Chief Minister, how much of the commonwealth funding for the Gonski reforms will actually be redirected funding from the specific purpose payments that were already previously committed to the ACT?

MS GALLAGHER: I think I have probably answered this in the responses I have been giving on Gonski over the last two sitting weeks where I have said it is not a matter of doing nothing—that the current SPP and, actually, NPPs in education expire and we need to make sure arrangements are in place for 1 January 2014. We have to make sure that schools understand what level of funding is coming to them under those arrangements.

So, yes, there will be a large component of Gonski which is funded through existing revenues that are funding the SPP. I do not think anyone has made a secret about that. But over and above that, in this budget I think the figure is $9.8 billion allocated for the national plan for school improvements. So you take the existing funding and the commonwealth government is adding in extra funds. I think the total on the national school improvement plan is $9.8 billion. That includes the current commonwealth contribution to schools and extra funding for the implementation of the school resourcing methodology.

MRS JONES: Supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: My supplementary is to the minister for education. Minister, what is the difference in funding between the old national schools SPP for the ACT and the new national education reform?

Mr Corbell: Point of order.

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