State govt. won’t pay for PCs

While the federal government has committed 1.2 billion to ensure students around the country have access to computers, the State Governments say they wont chip in.

While the federal government has committed 1.2 billion to ensure students around the country have access to computers, the State Governments say they wont chip in for installation and networking costs.

The Opposition believes that the 1.2 billion will not be enough to cover operation, installation and networking. Meanwhile the Government has said it will work in partnership with the State and Territory Governments to meet additional costs.

However Liberal Senator Brett Mason told a Senate estimates hearing today the NSW and Queensland budgets delivered yesterday didn’t make provision for any additional funds.

The NSW budget papers clearly stated the budget was “prepared on the basis that the commonwealth fully pays for all legitimate and additional state costs in implementing the commonwealth governments election commitments”, he said.

Senator Mason continued: “It’s all about a partnership but (NSW Treasurer Michael) Costa has slammed it, (West Australian Premier Alan) Carpenter has slammed it, there’s nothing in the Queensland budget and you don’t even know all the on-costs,”

Labor fought back, saying that the government was providing $42 billion in education funding during the next four years and that would cover many of the ongoing costs the opposition was concerned with..

Source: The Australian IT

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