MEDIA RELEASE: MALCOLM TURNBULL PRESIDES OVER SCHOOL FUNDING CRISIS

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 
MALCOLM TURNBULL PRESIDES OVER SCHOOL FUNDING CRISIS

Today, Malcolm Turnbull has been forced into a humiliating admission that his school funding policy is in crisis. 
 
For over 12 months Labor has been calling on the Liberals to fix their school funding debacle. 
 
If Mr Turnbull was serious about sorting this out he would reverse his $17 billion of cuts to schools. 
 
Mr Turnbull can’t seem find $17 billion to properly fund schools, but he can find $17 billion to give the big banks a tax handout.  His priorities are all wrong.
 
Malcolm Turnbull’s new funding regime includes cuts that hit public schools hardest. They cop 86% of the cuts over the next two years alone.
 
Catholic schools are also hit hard.  They cop 12% of the Liberals’ cuts. As a result some low-fee Catholic schools have raised their fees, and some schools could be forced to close altogether. 
 
Under the Liberals, the students and schools that need the most support cop the biggest cuts – this isn’t fair and shows Mr Turnbull is completely out of touch.
 
Labor supports choice for parents – that’s why we’ll protect public schools and low-fee Catholic schools from Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts.
 
We will restore every dollar of the $17 billion Mr Turnbull has cut from Australian schools.
 
Labor will always put schools before banks. 
 
Unlike the Liberals, Labor believes providing our kids with a quality education prepares them to lead successful lives.
 
Labor’s extra school funding will mean more teachers, more individual attention for our kids, and more help with the basics such as reading, writing, and maths.