Christopher Pyne has marked his first month of “good government” by recycling Labor initiatives and masquerading his own failures as policy progress.
His latest announcement – the Australian Schools Plus receiving deductible gift recipient status – was recommended in Labor’s Gonski report and budgeted by the Labor Government in the August 2013 Economic Statement.
This is the latest in a string of education “announcements” that contain little new substance but a lot of grandstanding.
Only last week, Christopher Pyne tried to salvage his discredited Wiltshire-Donnelly Review of the National Curriculum by suggesting that it had been endorsed by the states and territories. In reality, what was endorsed – work being done by ACARA – does not have any direct resemblance to his ideological process.
And Pyne kicked off his “good government” month by announcing the “introduction” of a literacy and numeracy test for student teachers, failing to acknowledge that this was actually introduced by the Labor Government and that trials of the test have already been completed.
“After his backflip on his Gonski backflip, we know that Christopher Pyne is all talk and no action,” Shadow Education Minister, Kate Ellis, said today.
“While we have seen empty grandstanding, what we haven’t seen is a commitment to extend funding for children to have access to 15 hours of quality preschool in the year before school.
“Instead of claiming credit for work which has already been done on schools and education Christopher Pyne should be addressing the Government’s broken promises.”
TUESDAY, 10 MARCH 2015