Gonski mums take campaign to Kirribilli

Michael de Wall

Prime Minister Julia Gillard was urged to keep pressing forward with the Gonski reforms

Thirty children overtook the backyard of Kirribilli House on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend while their mothers drank tea with the Prime Minister and urged the federal Government to keep pressing forward with the Gonski school funding reforms.

Amongst the constant sound of frolicking children, the Prime Minister heard heartfelt accounts of the positive difference that parents and teachers expect the funding reforms to deliver in public school communities. High on the list of expectations was greater individual attention and support for every child.

NSW families were joined by two “Gonski mums” from Queensland who encouraged the Prime Minister to continue pursuing negotiations with their state.

While the Queenslanders reaffirmed their commitment to campaigning for a Gonski deal over the border, local mothers expressed their determination to see that the NSW agreement was upheld. At present, the NSW deal does not have the support of the Federal Liberals or Nationals and Mr Abbott is threatening to tear up the agreement if he wins the election in September. Those present at Kirribilli agreed that all parties needed to rise above the politics and establish a national consensus that would guarantee Gonski for all children.