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By making funding dependent on school outcomes, the government is intensifying an audit culture that marginalises vulnerable students. from

NSW budget: giving schools extra money only if they meet ‘outcomes’ can hamper teaching standards

Governments usually measure outcomes by standardised tests, such as NAPLAN. If schools are scrambling to improve their outcomes to gain funding, this can have a detrimental effect on teaching quality.
NSW Premier Mike Baird applauds Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian – but has her first budget hit the mark? AAP Image/Paul Miller

NSW budget: new infrastructure but a missed chance to fix stamp duty

Gladys Berejiklian’s first budget as NSW Treasurer includes some infrastructure goodies but misses an opportunity to reduce the state’s reliance on property taxes.
NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance with the 2014 budget. An economic analysis has found electricity revenues have been crucial to keeping the NSW budget in surplus in recent years. Paul Miller/AAP

Power privatisation is bad for the NSW budget bottom line

We found that without state-owned electricity revenues, the NSW Coalition government would have struggled to avoid recording deficits in every budget since its election in 2011.
The NSW Baird government is relying on asset sales to fund infrastructure, but all state governments have a revenue problem. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

New federalism promise recedes on falling wave of state asset sales

The fiscal relationship between the Commonwealth and the states in Australia’s federal system is unsustainable in the long term. That statement has been difficult to deny ever since the 1940s, when Canberra…
NSW Treasurer Mike Baird has highlighted the infrastructure spending in today’s NSW budget. AAP Image/ Tracey Nearmy

NSW Budget boosts infrastructure, delivers deficit: the experts respond

NSW Treasurer Mike Baird has handed down a state budget that predicts a return to surplus as early next year, with major spending on infrastructure as its showcase. The budget predicts a lower than expected…

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