THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
MEMBER FOR BASS
MEMBER FOR LYONS
MICHELLE O’BYRNE MP
TASMANIAN DEPUTY LABOR LEADER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND THE EARLY YEARS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INNOVATION AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
SHADOW MINISTER EQUALITY AND WOMEN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR PREVENTION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
STATE MEMBER FOR BASS
LABOR TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITH BIGGEST INVESTMENT IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY: A BIG WIN FOR TASMANIA
Tasmanian schools will get a massive $52 million funding boost over the first three years of Labor’s plan to deliver the biggest investment in public schools in Australian history.
The Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, said the extra investment will transform public schools in Tasmania so every child gets the education they need for the best start in life.
“In Tasmania, Labor’s extra investment is the equivalent of hiring an additional 130 teachers or 220 teacher assistants,” Ms Plibersek said.
“We will deliver an extra $14 billion for Australian public schools over the next decade, with $3.3 billion extra flowing in the first three school years alone.
“Labor wants every public school to get 100 per cent of its fair funding level, and we will work with the states and territories to achieve this.
“We believe Australian schools should be the best in the world”, Ms Plibersek said.
“Labor’s record school funding will ensure Tasmanian public schools get the money they need to give students more individual attention, and more help with the basics such as reading, writing, maths, and science.
“It will allow public schools to offer a broader range of subjects including languages, coding, the arts, and vocational education.
“And it will support our outstanding teachers to continue to update their skills.
“Labor believes that for parents to have real choice about where they send their kids, governments have a responsibility to make sure our public schools are second to none.
“We will give all children the opportunity to reach their full potential – no matter where they live, or how much their parents earn.
“Children who are struggling will get the help they need to catch up, and gifted and talented children will have the chance to extend themselves,” Ms Plibersek said.
The Tasmanian Shadow Minister for Education and the Early Years, Michelle O’Byrne welcomed Labor’s genuine commitment to funding Tasmania’s public schools to achieve the best outcomes for students and their families and teaching staff.
“But I call on the Liberal state government to honour the spirit of the funding and ensure it actually goes through the school gate for all schools – not only a select few – after Labor is elected,” Ms O’Byrne said.
Ms Plibersek said investing in schools is a priority for Labor because many of the things that will help schoolchildren improve, such as more individual attention and excellent teaching, cost money.
“Parents work so hard fundraising for their school – sausage sizzles, cake stalls, fetes – because they know the difference extra money makes,” Ms Plibersek said.
“Australians didn’t vote for Scott Morrison, and they didn’t vote for his $14 billion cuts to public schools.
“We must do everything we can to prepare our kids for the jobs of the future.
“That’s why Labor is investing in 15 years of world class education for the next generation, from 3 and 4 year old preschool to year 12.
“The Liberals reckon looking after their mates at the top end of town is more important than funding public schools.
“Australians are sick of hearing the Liberals say they can’t afford to help public schools while big business and millionaires get more and more.
“Labor thinks it’s time for a government that will put schoolkids first,” Ms Plibersek said.
MONDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2018