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Abbott and Pyne in U-turn over Gonski funding

The Abbott government has dramatically changed position on the Gonski school funding reforms, now saying it will keep the system in place for the next four years.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the government will also add $1.2 billion to the programme, bringing the total funding package to $2.8bn.

The government’s decision follows a clash between federal education minister Christopher Pyne and state education ministers at a meeting in Sydney on 29 November. Before the meeting, Pyne announced the government was dumping the Gonski reforms, and would introduce its own funding programme by 2015.

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