Chesters calls on Minister to commit to Gonski

Ms Chesters said she was disturbed to hear reports that Education Minister Christopher Pyne
will go "back to the drawing board" on the administration of billions of dollars in school funding
under reforms developed by the former Labor Government.

Under Better Schools reforms developed after the Gonski Review into school funding, Victorian
schools would receive $12.2 billion in Federal and State Government funding over the next six

The Coalition committed during the election campaign to provide $2.8bn in Federal Funding to
schools over the next four years.

“I am seriously concerned at the Minister’s comments to re‐think funding for schools,” Ms
Chesters said.

“It would be a disaster to see further funding commitments not honoured by the Coalition

“Better Schools is about supporting our high achieving students and offering more help for
students struggling with literacy and numeracy.

“Currently, one in 12 students is not meeting minimum standards in reading, writing and

“The Better Schools plan was designed to ensure that our schools have the resources to tackle
this problem.

“Every child, no matter where they live or what their parents earn, deserves a decent
education for the best start in life."

Ms Chesters said she would fight to ensure every school is allocated the money it was

“I invite Mr Pyne to come to Bendigo and see first‐hand how much this funding is needed,” she

“I call upon the Minister for commit to the Better Schools plan.”