MEDIA RELEASE: THE LIBERALS’ SCHOOL FUNDING MESS

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

THE LIBERALS’ SCHOOL FUNDING MESS

Reports today confirm the Liberals’ unfair school funding regime is a complete mess.
 
“Public schools took the biggest hit from the Turnbull cuts in education - $1.9 billion in 2018 and 2019. That’s why we’re hitting the campaign trail again.”
 
            Correna Haythorpe, Australian Education Union
 

“As a result of the changes resulting from new government funding arrangements, our systems, and the continued provision of quality education for the young people in our schools, is under threat.”
 
            Pam Betts, Executive Director, Brisbane Catholic Education, lead signatory in a letter to the Liberals from Catholic schools in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, and the ACT, reported in The Australian, 19 June 2018
 

“’Growing alarm’ in school communities…”
 
            Michelle Green, Chief Executive, Independent Schools Victoria,  reported in The Australian, 19 June 2018                                                                                                                     
                                                  
The Liberals are cutting $17 billion from school to give it to the big banks.
 
Malcolm 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.
 
Labor believes that getting our kids a great education sets them up for life.
 
With Labor, Australian schools have a brighter future, with better funding, outstanding teachers, and great results.  We want our kids to get more individual attention, and more help with the basics such as reading, writing, maths, science, and coding. 
 
That’s why Labor will restore every dollar of the $17 billion Mr Turnbull has cut from schools.
 
We will always put schools and services before banks.