Negotiations extended in bid to finalise school funds
Federal bushfire probe to focus on vegetation laws
ELEVENTH-hour negotiations to finalise $4.2 billion in school funding have been extended in a desperate bid to beat a financial deadline.
Failure of the e State and Fed- eral governments to agree could lead to bil- lions of dollars for r Queensland public and private schools being de- layed by weeks. It could force the State Government t and d private i institutions to dip more into their own coffers for the first few weeks of next year. Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan (pictured) set a December 7 deadline for all state gove ernments to sign a fi five-year funding d deal. It is underst stood that, if a d deal can be reached re next week, there will be no effect on the th transfer. A spokesman for fo Queensland Education Educa Minister Grace Grace said it was hoped an agreement could be settled on Monday. A FEDERAL parliamentary inquiry will be held into Queensland’s bushfires as the State Government bluntly rejected calls for a judicial inquiry by farmers, peak lobby groups and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The Courier-Mail can reveal that the wide-ranging inquiry will this month begin hearings into whether green-inspired laws exacerbated the fires.
But the House of Representatives probe, which will hand down a report in April, has not negated the federal LNP’s calls for a commission of inquiry.
Mr Morrison yesterday supported a call by Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to order an inquiry into the disaster, which has affected more than 1 million hectares.
Announcing the inquiry into the impact of vegetation and land management policies on the agricultural sector yesterday, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud told The Courier-Mail: “If Queensland’s laws are ... making fires worse, we need to know about it.”
He said he would ask Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to give evidence as she was “clearly the architect” of the laws.