THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
ANDREW GILES MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR SCHOOL
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN
The Liberals reckon the latest NAPLAN results should be a "wake up call" for educators.
But I think they should be a wake up call for the Liberals.
In their fifth year of government, the Liberals have slammed the brakes on school funding, and slammed the brakes on school reform.
Instead of blaming teachers and kids, the Liberals should take responsibility for their $17 billion of school funding cuts and their failure on reform.
The Liberals cannot be trusted with our schools.
The Liberals ripped up Labor’s plan to improve schools, including enhanced professional development for teachers, and comprehensive literacy and numeracy support in the early years of schooling.
In Government, Labor enshrined our ambition for schools in Australian law. We legislated goals such as having a highly equitable school system, more students finishing year twelve, and closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. This year, Malcolm Turnbull dumped that ambition too.
So not only are the Liberals providing less money for schools, they have no plan to help improve them either.
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.
WEDNESDAY, 13 DECEMBER 2017