The Financial Review reports that Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi is suspicious about the Turnbull Coalition's new 'Gonski 2.0' policy.
"At first blush, it appears to be Labor's unfunded policy in new clothes ... This has all the hallmarks of a political fix rather than an education fix."
The Australian Conservatives leader said “the model represented a betrayal of Liberal values and risked a backlash similar to former Labor leader Mark Latham’s 2004 “hit list” that aimed to slash funding to 67 elite schools.”
Further reports have raised the concerns of Catholic education officials who fear having to drastically hike fees or close their doors altogether.
It is yet to be seen if the proposed changes will make it to a vote following what is set to be a heated party room meeting next Tuesday.