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.