PM says the government is ‘delivering handsomely’ on affordable choices for non-state schools

Scott Morrison has defended a $1.2bn fund for Catholic and independent schools in the face of dissent by the New South Wales education minister and a warning from experts and Labor that it amounts to a “slush fund”.

Morrison told ABC’s AM on Friday that the fund would help “drought-affected areas” and “Catholic schools in less fortunate areas”, suggesting it would top up funding after “the Catholic system makes its decision about how it spreads its resources”.

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