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The government will spend much of this Parliamentary sitting week convincing either the Greens or a majority of the crossbench to vote for its “Gonski 2.0” education package.

Under a deal being negotiated with the Greens, schools funding would increase faster than originally foreshadowed and an independent watchdog would oversee the fair allocation of funds to schools in need. Greens leader Richard Di Natale has warned that the party won’t support a flawed package “simply because it’s the government that wants to rush this through”, and the NSW Greens have urged their federal counterparts to abandon negotiations …

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Alex McKinnon, The Saturday Paper