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Rudd wants computer cooperation

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called for the NSW state government to toe the line on the federal plan to provide computers to all schools nationwide.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called for the NSW state government to toe the line on the federal plan to provide computers to all schools nationwide.

Kevin Rudd
(Credit: PM's office)

The state has been in troubled talks with the federal government about the additional installation and support costs associated with the PC funding. The initiative is currently in its second round, but NSW wants an extension of the deadline for applications.

"We intend to get on with the job, and I believe it's very much in the interests of the schools and school kids of New South Wales that the NSW government cooperates with us on this important reform," Rudd told reporters today.

The comments saw Rudd backing a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week in which the politician expressed disappointment at the NSW government's decision to ask principals to hold off on applying for the funding.

"An extension is not appropriate because it would delay funding for computers to all school sectors across the other States and Territories and Independent and Catholic school sectors in New South Wales," said Gillard at the time.