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PM pushes ahead with Gonski education reforms

THE Prime Minister has promised to deliver the Gonski school education reforms, despite more states walking away from the national negotiations.

On Saturday, the Victorian Government announced it would walk away from the national reform, with its own set of funding initiatives to improve that state's education system.

The move in Victoria follows criticism from both the Queensland and New South Wales governments on the lack of detail about how much they would be expected to pitch in.

The specifics of the deal were expected to be revealed in the coming months with COAG meetings scheduled in April to discuss the reforms.

PM Julia Gillard said on Monday the states should remember they were "the adults with the responsibility for change", declaring the Gillard Government would complete the reforms in the time available.

She said the reforms would have to be ready for the start of the 2014 school year, citing a need to use the latest data from last year's Census to inform the process.

"At the end of the day, it will take political will to get this done and I have the political will and we will fight to get it done," she told reporters in Canberra.

Topics:  education gonski julia gillard



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