THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
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
ASSISTANT SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN EVERY STATE AND TERRITORY TO BENEFIT FROM LABOR’S RECORD INVESTMENT
Labor’s will transform public schools in every state and territory with record investment to give every Australian child the education they deserve.
Labor will deliver an extra $14 billion for public schools over the next decade, with $3.3 billion extra flowing in the first three school years alone.
For public schools in each state and territory, over the first three school years alone, that means:
In Queensland, for example, Labor’s extra investment is the equivalent of around 1,600 teachers or 2,800 teacher aides.
Labor can pay for better public schools because unlike the Liberals, we’re closing tax loopholes for the top end of town and making multinationals pay their fair share.
As a condition of this funding, a Shorten Labor Government will require states and territories to invest strongly in their schools too.
States and territories will also have to sign up to a national plan to improve schools with clear and ambitious goals and targets.
Australian schools should be the best in the world, and every Australian child deserves the best start in life.
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.
Our extra investment will transform public schools across Australia and give all children the opportunity to reach their full potential – no matter where they live, or how much their parents earn.
It will ensure public schools have the funding 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.
Labor wants every public school to reach 100 per cent of its fair funding level, and we will work with the states and territories to achieve this.
At the moment, because of Scott Morrison’s cuts, almost nine in ten public schools will never get to their fair funding level.
Over the last five years all the Liberals have done is attack public schools and slash their funding.
Scott Morrison doesn’t think the 2.5 million students in the public school system deserve fair funding – he thinks he can get away with his cuts.
Australians didn’t vote for Scott Morrison, and they didn’t vote for his $14 billion cuts to public schools.
It’s time Australians had a government that cares about the same issues they care about.
The additional Commonwealth funding for public schools has been costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office.
THURSDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2018