MEDIA RELEASE: LIBERALS’ CUTS WILL HURT TASMANIAN SCHOOLS

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

SENATOR HELEN POLLEY
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER TO THE LEADER (TASMANIA)
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR AGEING
SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

 ROSS HART MP
MEMBER FOR BASS

LIBERALS’ CUTS WILL HURT TASMANIAN SCHOOLS

The Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, is visiting Launceston today to talk to the community about Malcolm Turnbull's $22 billion of cuts to schools.

Ms Plibersek said Tasmanian schools will lose around $85 million in the next two years alone.

“About $68 million of that will be ripped from public schools,” Ms Plibersek said.

“Why is Malcolm Turnbull ripping $22 billion from schools?  So he can give big business a $65 billion tax cut.

“What kind of Prime Minister rips money off schoolkids to give it to multinationals? It's just not fair.

“Labor has announced we will restore every single dollar of the $22 billion the Liberals have cut from schools.

“That’s because we believe every child, in every classroom, deserves every opportunity.

“We want better schools, better results, and better support for our great teachers,” Ms Plibersek said.

The Member for Bass, Ross Hart, said Labor will invest more into education, not less.

“That investment is critical to improving Tasmania’s schools.

“Our schools simply don’t deserve an $85 million cut,” Mr Hart said.

Senator Helen Polley said each school in Tasmania could be up to an average of $2.4 million worse off over 10 years because Malcolm Turnbull does not prioritise education over the profits of Australia’s most profitable companies.

“I have been speaking to parents and educators since this decision and there is real anger towards this Government.

“This decision is undermining the long-term economic prosperity of individual Tasmanians, and of our state,” Senator Polley said.