Announcing a government program scheduled to happen at least three elections, seven Budgets and almost eight years away is not really a locked-in commitment. It’s an item on a wish list merely masquerading as a program of done and dusted certainty.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard today is expected to attempt the masquerade option with her government’s official response to the Gonski review of school funding systems.
Ms Gillard will give the National Press Club lunch address in which she will outline assistance for all categories of schools and special help for classes for the disadvantaged. But the scheme would not be in full-throated operation until 2020, and before then the Federal Government would have negotiate with the states for money which the premiers say they just don’t have.
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