DEVONPORT, Tas, May 23 - Tasmania will sign up to the federal government's Gonski school reforms, Premier Lara Giddings says after funding the package in her state budget.
Giddings, who is also Tasmania's treasurer, included $83 million over four years to fund the reforms in the budget delivered on Thursday.
CANBERRA, May 22 - The Federal Coalition has committed to bringing in its own version of "Gonski" school funding reform should it win office in September.
Opposition Education Spokesman Christopher Pyne made the pledge in letters sent to state and territory leaders outlining the coalition's approach to school funding.
SYDNEY, May 22 - Prime Minister Julia Gillard has returned to Sydney's west, mingling with school children ahead of a community cabinet meeting.
Gillard met students and teachers at Auburn West Primary School on Wednesday morning, ahead of the cabinet meeting at Regents Park Christian School in the safe Labor seat of Blaxland at 6pm (AEST).
MELBOURNE, May 22 - Victorian Liberals are urging Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to dump the national curriculum if elected prime minister.
The Young Liberal Policy Branch is expected to put a motion at the party's state council meeting in Melbourne this weekend calling for the national curriculum to be axed.