COAG : Differences remain over schools funding

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett said funding health was the biggest challenge right across Australia, though highlighted concerns about future funding for schools.

"We need to look very seriously at defining responsibilities better between the Commonwealth and the states," he said.

"I hope we can have the discussion over the next couple of years and look at facts rather than look at what might be perceived problems."

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr also expressed his disappointment on the unresolved issue of schools funding.

"If there is going to be a fundamental change in the Federation, and who has responsibility for education, we can't separate government and non-government schools," he said.

"That's a line in the sand for the ACT. In the simplest of terms, if the states and territories are going to take responsibility for school education, then it should be all schools. We shouldn't have this split between Commonwealth funding."

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said states were yet to see a response on schools, saying that although there was "unfinished business", important progress was made.

Source: ABC News

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