Tonight, following up on Rabbit traps, broken promises and efficiency with a dash of history, I don't want to comment on the question of whether or not Education Minister Pyne's approach to education funding represents a breach of Mr Abbott's election promises. That will be much debated. I want to make a different point.
You can understand why some states are so upset. Think, for the moment, of the problem faced by state treasuries. Heavily dependent on Commonwealth funding, they have shifted spending to accommodate the demands of the Gonski funding arrangements. Commonwealth policy Instability plus excessive prescription has been a problem for quite some time. Now their entire forward estimates are thrown into disarray. It's not a problem for states who have not signed up, they actually get more cash. It is a problem for the others.
The critical issue now is whether Mr Pyne's still to be announced proposals will be so much better as to justify the switch and any pain associated with it. I don't know. maybe they will. That's where we have to wait and see. I, for one, will be looking to future announcements to help me understand this point. It's the actual policy details that are now the main game.