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’S NEW WEBSITE MASKS FUNDING INCREASES FOR ELITE PRIVATE SCHOOLS
After taking it offline for five months, Malcolm Turnbull has quietly updated his school funding website to mask the fact he’s giving elite private schools multimillion dollar increases.
Parents deserve the truth about how Mr Turnbull’s unfair funding policy will affect their child’s school.
They won’t take kindly to being kept in the dark by Malcolm Turnbull’s dodgy new school funding website that’s missing important information.
The original website included total ten year funding totals for each school. Mysteriously, that information has gone missing in this update.
Mr Turnbull was clearly embarrassed that the ten year funding totals showed, for example, that under his unfair funding policy:
- The King’s School in Sydney, with fees of $34,000, gets a $19 million increase.
- Caulfield Grammar in Melbourne, with fees of $30,000, gets a $34 million increase.
- St Margaret’s in Brisbane, with fees of $21,000, gets a $7 million increase.
- Scotch College in Perth, with fees of $27,000, gets a $13 million increase.
- St Peter’s College in Adelaide, with fees of $25,000, gets a $16.5 million increase.
- The Friends School in Hobart, with fees of $17,000, gets a $19 million increase.
Malcolm Turnbull will always put elite private schools first.
Under Mr Turnbull, private schools are getting more funding than ever before.
That’s not fair, needs based, or sector blind.
Mr Turnbull’s unfair policy cuts $17 billion from schools.
While public schools and Catholic parish schools bear the brunt of these cuts, many elite private schools will actually do much better, as the examples above show.
While Malcolm Turnbull is cutting school funding, including to some of our most disadvantaged students, he's happy to spend more than $65 billion to give multinationals and millionaires a tax cut. His priorities are all wrong.
Parents, teachers, and our children deserve better.
Labor has committed to restoring the $17 billion Mr Turnbull has cut from schools.
Unlike Malcolm Turnbull, we will make sure that the biggest funding increases go to the neediest schools, in the fastest time.