Interview – ABC 774 – Sally Warhaft

SALLY WARHAFT: A new report suggests that many mothers are left working for – well maybe $5 an hour by the time they’ve paid for their childcare needs. Simon Birmingham is the Education Minister and Minister responsible for childcare and he joins us now; good morning, Minister. SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good morning, Sally and good morning to your…

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Interview – 891 ABC Adelaide – Ali Clarke

ALI CLARK: We are talking about this report that has been handed down by the Australian Council of Educational Research. Professor Geoff Masters is my guest, he has analysed this report and has found five challenges in the Australian school education system. Simon Birmingham has actually picked up the phone and called in, the Federal Education…

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Interview – ABC News 24 – Julie Doyle

JULIE DOYLE: Minister, thanks for coming in today. Lets talk firstly about Labor’s focus today has been about $1.8 billion in funding to close the gap between regional and city schools; what’s the Government’s plan to do that? SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Well Julie, this is yet another repackaging of the very old announcement from the Labor party in…

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Interview -ABC Lateline – Emma Alberici

EMMA ALBERICI: Education funding was indeed the subject of our poll this week. We asked you whether more money would improve outcomes in Australian schools. History doesn't find a relationship between funding and performance. The first tests comparing international school achievements were conducted in the year 2000. Back then, Australia ranked 6th for maths, 8th for…

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Interview – ABC AM – Michael Brissenden

Michael Brissenden: One part of the Budget that has been confirmed is spending on education. The Government is committing an extra $1.2 billion for schools between 2018 and 2020, partially reversing the $30 billion cut to education funding in the 2014 Budget. Funding will be tied to new literacy and numeracy checks. The commitment falls short…

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Interview – 2GB – Alan Jones

Alan Jones: Simon Birmingham, good morning. Simon Birmingham: Good morning Alan, good to be with you. Alan Jones: Thank you. How do these arguments stack up? On the one hand, a wonderful articulation of the fact that spending more money doesn’t produce appropriate educational outcomes, and then in the next breath you spend more money. Simon Birmingham:…

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Interview – Sky News – David Speers

David Speers: With me now is the Education Minister Simon Birmingham, thank you for joining us this afternoon. Simon Birmingham: Good afternoon David. David Speers: So, what you’ve announced is less than what Gonski recommended, about $3 billion less. Was the Gonski Panel wrong about that or is it simply that you just can’t afford to do what…

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Interview – 3AW Drive – Tom Elliot

Tom Elliot: Anyway, our next guest is the federal Education Minister. Senator Simon Birmingham, good afternoon. Simon Birmingham: Good afternoon, good to be with you. Tom Elliot: Now, I know this is sort of an official budget leak, but apparently you’ve got over a billion dollars to pump into primary and secondary schools – is that correct? Simon…

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