The federal government’s $23.5 billion school funding package was passed in the Senate at around 2am last night with help from the crossbench, delivering prime minister Malcolm Turnbull a major policy victory.
The Gonski 2.0 plan passed with the support of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, the Nick Xenophon Team and crossbench Senators Derryn Hinch, Jacqui Lambie and Lucy Gichuhi 34 votes to 31.
The changes will replace the 27 separate school funding deals with different states and sectors, with one needs-based funding model.
The funding package is expected to deliver around $2,300 per student over the next few years.
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