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The Australian mistakes gossip for scrutiny again on Greens policy

Whatever document the Australian has ‘obtained' for its front page report today, it is certainly not the final draft Australian Greens education policy that was negotiated at the Greens National Conference the weekend before last.

Embarrassingly for The Australian, the real final draft, as circulated to members, was in fact released publicly to all media a week ago. A simple fact check would have revealed that fundamental error.

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Asian languages ‘broad objective’ belied by funding cuts

Under questioning today, the Government acknowledged that it had cut funding for Asian languages programs in schools in the 2011 budget and has not provided any extra funding since then, making one of the centrepieces of yesterday's white paper nothing more than an unfunded "broad objective".

"Actions speak louder than words, and the Gillard Government's actions on teaching our schoolchildren Asian languages show that they are a much lower priority than funding coal railways and selling more coal to China," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Fund most disadvantaged schools first

The Australian Greens will work with the Government to ensure that public schools, especially those most disadvantaged, will receive money first, to cushion the blow of the further delays in the new schools funding system announced today by the Prime Minister.

Responding to the Prime Minister’s formal response to the Gonski review into school funding, Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright, said many public schools could not afford to wait for another six years to receive additional money.

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Fair funding for schools vital for our children and our country’s future

School funding should be based on need, so that every child in Australia has access to a high-quality, affordable education, the Australian Greens said today.

Speaking as part of the Australian Education Union's Sea of Hands event today, Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne and Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright said the time to invest into a smart and fair school system was now.

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Support students, respect parliament: Greens propose amendments to High Court response bill

The Greens will today move amendments to the Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No.3) 2012 that responds to the High Court's decision invalidating the schools chaplaincy program aimed at ensuring that properly qualified people are employed in schools to assist students and that new government programs get appropriate parliamentary scrutiny.

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