Schools funding: Malcolm Turnbull dubs new $19b education policy Gonski 2.0

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared he will “bring the school funding wars to an end” in a stunning policy turnaround that will see the federal government pump an extra $19 billion into schools over the next decade. At a surprise press conference flanked by businessman David Gonski, who conducted a landmark review of school funding for the Gillard government, Mr Turnbull said he would succeed where Labor failed by delivering a genuine needs-based funding model. Mr Gonski will conduct a new review for the government – dubbed “GonskiĀ 2.0” by…

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Australia PM Turnbull gets his early election trigger

Opposition leader Bill Shorten speaks while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks on in Australia’s lower house on Monday Australia will likely head to the polls on 2 July after the federal upper house voted down legislation aimed at policing construction industry unions. The Australian Building Commission and Construction Commission (ABCC) bill was defeated by 36 votes to 34. The Senate has voted down the ABCC bill twice, giving the government the trigger for calling an early election. An election may benefit Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who needs a clear mandate…

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