In 2016, Prime Minster Turnbull suggested that education funding should shift from the federal government to the states if they are able to raise more revenue under his proposed tax plan. The plan was opposed by the Labor and Green parties who argued that it would abandon the need-based funding reforms put in place after the Gonski report was released in 2012. Without federal funding, they argued, states with economically disadvantaged students would fall further behind. Proponent argue that the Department of Education is too large and states would do a better job of managing schools.
Some basics should remain centralised, including distribution of water, food, shelter, education and health-care. States should put forth their best plans for delivering high standards of schooling. It appears likely a better model would be central-state collaboration for both education and health. For example, it is incredulous that Australia has 9 different laws regarding abortion in the country in the 21st century!!
No - the control should remain with the Federal Government, who can monitor the progress of students across Australia and ensure that funding is dispersed correctly so as not to disadvantage any student within the country. All students should have the same opportunity.
School funding needs to be managed at the government level, principles should not be deciding on who to hire based on how much money they have in their 'briefcase' of funds they are issued with every year. It should be the best person for the job with the best experience.
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