The Opposition uses parliament to push for more detail on the new schools package.
The federal opposition has continued to push the government to detail its new schools funding package, using question time in parliament to ask if the funding will be indexed and if the states will be forced to also contribute funds.
But Prime Minister Tony Abbott hit back, accusing Labor of cutting its schools package by $1.2 billion just a few days before the election, when Western Australia and Queensland did not sign up to the agreement.
“Labor’s plan would have delivered $14.65 billion in additional funding for schools to implement Labor’s Gonski plan,” Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told parliament.
“Can the prime minister guarantee an additional $14.65 billion will be invested in Australian schools under his panicked deal yesterday?”
Mr Abbott refused to detail arrangements with the states, but said his government would honour all of its election commitments.
“These questions were no good yesterday and they’re even worse today,” Mr Abbott said.
“What we are doing is honouring our commitments to the Australian people at election time.”
The former Labor government’s Better Schools program ensured states would contribute $1 for every $2 of federal money, and indexed funding at three per cent.