New education minister, childcare returns to portfolio

by Steve Randall21 Sep 2015
The Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle has moved Christopher Pyne out of the education ministry and promoted his assistant; while the move of childcare to the education ministry has been welcomed by parent groups.

Pyne becomes Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science with South Australia Senator Simon Birmingham promoted to Minister for Education and Training.

Scott Ryan who was the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Education and Training becomes the assistant cabinet secretary.

The other major ministerial roles in education are taken by Luke Hartsuyker as Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Richard Collbeck as Minister for International Education (and Tourism).

The move of childcare from the Social Services ministry to Education, where it had previously been, has been welcomed by parent groups.

Jo Briskey of The Parenthood told The Courier-Mail: “In moving childcare back into the education portfolio the Prime Minister has recognised the importance of early learning towards the education development of our children “In moving childcare back into the education portfolio the Prime Minister has recognised the importance of early learning towards the education development of our children.”

The Australian Education Union is urging the new Education Minister to reconsider the Gonski funding model while the national chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools Phillip Heath said Senator Birmingham would face challenges: “The current federal funding model for schools is unsustainable in the longer term.”

 

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