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NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell signs the Gonski schools funding agreement with Julia Gillard. Image: Fairfax.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell signs the Gonski schools funding agreement with Julia Gillard. Image: Fairfax.

Episode 12: Deficits and Gonski. In the week in which the states and Commonwealth negotiated over schools funding, Ben and Amber interview education academic Bronwyn Hinz on the tricky task of negotiating federal-state schools funding agreements. In a time of structural deficit, can the Commonwealth afford it? And who will pay?

As always, you can listen to the podcast by clicking on the link below or via subscription on iTunes.

Some links:

Ben’s articles in New Matilda on the state of the federation and the difficult politics of Gonski¬†

Amber’s article in Crikey on Labor’s funding of higher education

Bronwyn Hinz in The Drum on why Gonski is no magic bullet

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