MEDIA RELEASE - SCOTT MORRISON TURNS HIS BACK ON PUBLIC SCHOOLKIDS - THURSDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018

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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


SCOTT MORRISON TURNS HIS BACK ON PUBLIC SCHOOLKIDS

Today, Scott Morrison has turned his back on every public school parent and child in Australia by locking in massive cuts to public schools.
 
Mr Morrison has gone some way towards fixing the mess for Catholic and independent schools, but he hasn’t give public schools a dollar extra.
 
After spending a year trying to deny it, this afternoon Scott Morrison was finally forced to admit he was cutting billions from schools.
 
Australians didn’t vote for Mr Morrison or his $17 billion of school cuts.
 
The only way Scott Morrison can fix his school funding crisis is by reversing all his cuts to schools in full, including the $14 billion he’s cut from public schools.
 
For the parents of the 2.5 million students that go to public schools, 2 in 3 of all Australian students, today Mr Morrison said you and your kids don’t matter.
 
Today, Scott Morrison confirmed he reckons the schools that have the greatest need deserve the least help.
 
Public schools educate 82 per cent of the poorest kids in Australia. They teach 84 per cent of Indigenous kids, and 74 per cent of kids with disabilities too.  Yet Mr Morrison is cutting their funding by $14 billion.
 
Because of the Liberals’ chaos and division public schools have no funding certainty for 2019. 
 
Public schools need to be able to plan for next year right now – the Liberals’ division and chaos in Canberra is hurting our schools, and our kids. 
 
Only Labor has a plan for fair school funding.
 
Labor believes that we all need to work together to give every child the best start in life.  For that, our kids need the best schools.
 
Bill Shorten and Labor will undo the savage cuts to our schools to make sure that every child gets the fair go they deserve.