Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Abbott Denies Any Broken Promises; Funding Agreements Post-2014 off the Table

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Abbott Denies Any Broken Promises; Funding Agreements Post-2014 off the Table

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APN Newsdesk

DESPITE a growing wall of opposition to the Federal Government's plan to ditch Labor's school reforms after next year, Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday denied he had broken an election promise.

Mr Abbott made the comments on commercial television, saying the government was going to keep its promise, after a week where Education Minister Christopher Pyne walked away from election pledges of a "unity ticket" on education funding.

Before and after a key meeting with state education ministers, Mr Pyne confirmed no funding agreements would be honoured past next year, but those who did not sign up would share in $230 million in extra funds.

Mr Pyne has said he plans to release a new plan for funding education early next year, but despite saying the Howard Government's approach to funding would be a "starting point", denied he would be replicating the old model.

"We are going to keep the promise that we actually made, not the promise that some people thought that we made or the promise that some people might have liked us to make," Mr Abbott said. …

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