SYDNEY, May 22 - Prime Minister Julia Gillard has returned to Sydney's west, mingling with school children ahead of a community cabinet meeting.
Gillard met students and teachers at Auburn West Primary School on Wednesday morning, ahead of the cabinet meeting at Regents Park Christian School in the safe Labor seat of Blaxland at 6pm (AEST).
MELBOURNE, May 22 - Victorian Liberals are urging Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to dump the national curriculum if elected prime minister.
The Young Liberal Policy Branch is expected to put a motion at the party's state council meeting in Melbourne this weekend calling for the national curriculum to be axed.
CANBERRA, May 22 - Rallies are being planned around Australia to pressure state governments to sign up to Prime Minister Julia Gillard's school improvement plan.
The "community rallies for Gonski" will be held on Saturday in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin and Perth.
BRISBANE, May 22 - Queensland's Government has announced 10 new schools for the state despite concerns other schools face the axe.
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek says the schools will be built across southeast Queensland in partnership with private firms in an effort to spread costs over a longer period.