Simon Birmingham’s big win on schools funding has opened up wide divisions between different factions of both the Liberals and the Greens, writes Ben Eltham. Schools funding is perennially controversial in Australian politics. The turbulent negotiations over the so-called “Gonski” package were one of Julia Gillard’s signature achievements; in John Howard’s government, greatly expanded payments [.
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The major parties cooked up a bipartisan deal on political donations behind closed doors – and then Tony Abbott killed it. Nothing exposes political hypocrisy like party funding, writes Ben Eltham
Christopher Pyne has pledged to renegotiate the Gonski settlement it made with the education sector and Labor, throwing schools back into turmoil and angering the states, writes Ben Eltham
The Gonski reforms have been underway for most of Labor's two terms in office and the legislation will pass shortly. But the likely state of schools funding in 2014 remains a mystery, writes Ben Eltham