With the Council of Australian Governments meeting (COAG) coming up in April, the Gonski campaign is back on the road with two buses working their respective way from Adelaide and Brisbane to Canberra and a third bus touring Tasmania, raising awareness of the many success stories achieved with Gonski funding and spreading the message that state and federal MPs should back the full funding package.
Representatives of the Western Australian and Northern Territory branches of the AEU will be joining Federation, Queensland and South Australian AEU members on the buses, bringing together all states and territories in the fight to secure fair and equitable funding for all Australian students.
At the AEU Federal Conference on February 26, AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe launched Getting Results 2, the second compilation of success stories from schools around Australia that shows what has been achieved so far with only three years and 18 per cent of the Gonski transition funding.
The campaign launches were well attended, with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill launching the bus in Adelaide while Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones attended the event in Brisbane.
AEU Federal Deputy President and NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron also attended the Brisbane launch and called on the Turnbull government to commit to fully fund the Gonski model. “The community expects the government to make Australian schoolchildren and needs-based funding the top priority rather than his planned massive corporate tax cuts,” he said.