Federal Coalition legislators in favour of the Turnbull government's schools funding plan — which would cut $846 million from NSW public schools over the next two years — have been hearing the anger of the education community, demanding they honour the six-year NSW Gonski agreement.
Among those politicians targeted with rallies outside their electorate offices have been National Party MPs, as their electorates have the most to gain out of the NSW Gonski agreement. Their students are over-represented across all the loadings compared with other electorates. They also have the most to lose should the Turnbull plan succeed.
Gonski supporters have taken the campaign to the offices of Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker (Nationals), New England MP and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (Nationals), Lyne MP David Gillespie (Nationals), Mackellar MP Jason Falinski (Liberal), Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis (Liberal) and Page MP Kevin Hogan (Nationals).