Interview – 4BC – Ben Davis

Ben Davis: Look, there has been plenty of talk today too, and not just today but over the last few weeks about the Safe Schools programme. You know my views on it. I think it- and especially on a day when we’re talking about anti-bullying and anti-violence; it’s what our kids have been hearing about…

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Interview – Sky News Live – David Speers

David Speers: As we saw on Friday after the COAG Leaders’ Meeting, the Prime Minister withdrew his policy proposal to allow the states to raise their own income taxes. What’s been left unresolved, though, is where the Government now wants to go on education funding in particular. Public schools: does it want to continue playing…

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Interview – RN Drive – Patricia Karvelas

Patricia Karvelas: This afternoon the Federal Government has delivered it’s response to the review of the Safe Schools anti-homophobia program. It seems to have appeased conservative Coalition critics of the program but is being labelled a back down by others. Senator Simon Birmingham is the Federal Education Minister, thanks for your time, and also for staying…

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Interview – ABC 774 – Rafael Epstein

Rafael Epstein: The Prime Minister wants to give the states more responsibility for raising the money that they spend. It would mean a state-based income tax. It could mean the Federal Government no longer funds public schools in Victoria. That’s something the Prime Minister’s speaking about. Would you be happy with the Federal Government handing…

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Interview – 2GB – Ben Fordham

Ben Fordham: On the line is the Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham. Good afternoon to you, Mr Birmingham. Simon Birmingham: G’day Ben, good to be with you. Ben Fordham: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. You’ve made some sweeping changes to the Safe Schools programme today. So you’re removing these roleplaying activities. You are…

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Interview: ABC AM – Kim Landers

Subject: Schools funding arrangements Kim Landers: With education funding the new battleground in the tussle between the Federal Government and the states and territories, I’m joined from Adelaide by the Federal Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham. Minister, good morning. Simon Birmingham: Good morning Kim, great to be with you. Kim Landers: Can you give me an example of why…

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Press Conference on Safe Schools resources

Simon Birmingham: Students have every right to feel safe in our schools in their most important learning environments. They have every right to be safe from bullying, from homophobia, they have every right to feel included in every activity in that school environment. They also have every right to be safe from inappropriate material, material that…

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Interview – AM with Michael Brissenden

Subjects: Early Development Census, election timing, marriage equality plebiscite, ABCC legislation and Nikki Savva’s new book Michael Brissenden: New figures out today show one in every five Australian children are developmentally at risk by the time they reach school. The Australian Early Development Census is released each three years to measure the development of children in…

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