Conservative MPs are angry about cuts to the sector, but are at odds with some of the crossbench, which the education minister also needs to woo

The education minister, Simon Birmingham, is staring down an internal revolt from conservative MPs concerned about cuts to Catholic schools at the same time as trying to corral the Senate crossbench to support the Gonski 2.0 package.

Tensions inside the government have been stirred up by the publication of new modelling from the Department of Education which revealed that the Turnbull government schools package will cut $4.6bn from Catholic schools over a decade compared with current legislation, while public schools will gain $4bn.

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