Contrary to Labor spin, the Australian Greens' support for the Rudd government's $42 billion economic stimulus package has resulted in Tasmanian schools, including the Catholic and independent schools sharing in $439 millions for new classrooms, libraries and other amenities.
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said that the Liberals opposed the package outright.
"But the Greens got it through the Senate," Senator Brown said.
"This funding boost for schools and the building industry resulted in $327 million going to 203 public schools, $74 million to 36 Catholic schools and $38 million to 32 independent schools in Tasmania."
"Left to the Liberals, not one dollar would have come to Tasmania."
"Labor should give the Greens credit where its due," Senator Brown said.
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