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Peanalising WA schools: Premier Barnett (pic: sbs.com.au)
WA Premier Colin Barnett has strongly criticised the Federal Government’s proposed overhaul of education funding.
Premier Barnett said he believes that such changes will disadvantage West Australian children in public schools.
Speaking yesterday, he said the latest Federal figures showed that NSW would get 16 times the funding of WA.
The Premier indicated that he thought WA would be penalised for their previous, strong investment in children and education.
As a consequence WA would receive the same funding as Northern Territory, which has only one tenth of the states population.
“Effectively, Prime Minister Gillard wants to disadvantage West Australian boys and girls
because of the my Government’s strong investment in State schools," he said.
Barnett said he was not prepared to hold WA schools back just so that other states could catch up.
He said the State Government spent an average of $13,900 per primary student and $19,050 per secondary student in government schools.
The Commonwealth model is based on an average $9,200 per primary student and
$12,200 per secondary student, with loadings for socio-economic status, disability, Aboriginality, location and size.
The Premier criticised the Gillard Government over the proposals, calling it: 'disgraceful'.
“What’s worse is that we will only get $50million a year if we sign up to a model
that restricts funding to WA government schools to get them down to a national
“This is just another example of Prime Minister Gillard attempting to financially
penalise Western Australia for being successful,” the Premier said.