$3.5 billion more for education with no KPIs makes no sense

March 21, 2018

Australian Conservatives' leader and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has slammed the Federal government’s education funding system.

Speaking on ABC Radio Adelaide this morning, Senator Bernardi said, "As literacy and numeracy are falling in this country, education is not serving our children as well as it should be.”

“Throwing money at it is not the answer,” he said.

In June last year in his weekly blog, Senator Bernardi said, "Labor's Gonski 1.0 was a sham then and rightly criticised as a ‘pie in the sky’ promise by considered minds. I called it Conski 1.0".

"Now, the Liberals are promising their own version of Labor’s policy with the selling point of ‘it’s slightly less bad than the other team!’ It still promises huge amounts of money over the next decade whilst delivering very little money under this government’s watch".

"Importantly, the cash splash thrown at the education system has no accountability. It isn’t dependent on schools improving educational outcomes for students or improving our plummeting international rankings in terms of science or maths. It is simply a guarantee of more money regardless of performance. There isn’t even a requirement that it be spent on education – it can be applied to whatever scheme, agenda or bureaucracy a school decides", he wrote.

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