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Statement from Greens on federal bonus payments to teachers

The Australian Greens encourage and support excellence in the teaching of our children.

"We want our school environments to be the best possible," Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on education, said.

"We don't believe a one-off payment to teachers, based on the performance of students according to NAPLAN test results, is the best way to reward them.

"We know teachers in every school across the country work very hard at educating our children, often in trying circumstances. We believe our teachers deserve better pay and conditions, particularly if we wish to encourage graduates to enter the field and be retained."

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