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Tony Abbott has denied breaking an election promise over education funding and the Gonski reforms, insisting he never vowed to maintain the same money for each school.
His argument that the promise was "plural" – matching total funding for all schools – comes despite the education minister, Christopher Pyne, declaring before the election: "You can vote Liberal or Labor and you'll get exactly the same amount of funding for your school."
Abbott also told voters on 2 August that he would end uncertainty by "guaranteeing that no school will be worse off over the forward estimates period" – a reference to the four-year budget cycle.
In an interview with the conservative commentator Andrew Bolt on Sunday, Abbott focused on his broader commitment to match Labor's total funding for schools over four years. The prime minister said he was happy to say schools would get the same total amount of funding over the next four years, plus extra for schools in Queensland, WesternAustralia and the Northern Territory where governments did not sign up to Labor's Gonski reforms before the election.
But Abbott insisted his promise to match funding did not apply to each individual school, in an apparent concession that the government's decision to rewrite the funding model after 2014 could lead to winners and losers.
One has to admire the gall of the brat — a master bullshit craftsman in hair splitting with porkie twisting and turd spreading... BRILLIANT... He is showing to every truants, bullies, imbeciles and idiots out-there how to become a politician... As you know, ye old Gus did not believe a word of what the con-artist was bullshitting about before the elections... I did warn everybody to be careful of the vernacular Tonicchio was using... But no... Journalists, Premiers and many intelligent people of good faith thought Tony Abbott was on "the same page" as Labor in regard to education... LOOK! THE MAN IS THE CONMAN OF THE YEAR 2013. What do you expect?