FEDERAL education minister Peter Garrett has been banned from visiting Queensland schools, with the Newman government saying it will not allow kids to be used as "props in a political campaign''.
And Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has pulled the plug on a fundraising event at which Prime Minister Julia Gillard was due to appear.
Mr Garrett was intending to visit Nyanda State High School and Yeronga State School in Brisbane's south on Wednesday.
Both schools have been earmarked for closure by the Newman government because of low attendance rates.
On Tuesday night, however, the office of Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek sent Mr Garrett an email informing him he was not welcome at the two schools.
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