Ne­go­ti­a­tions ex­tended in bid to fi­nalise school funds

Fed­eral bush­fire probe to fo­cus on veg­e­ta­tion laws

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

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.

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