PLIBERSEK, GILES & PRATT - MEDIA RELEASE - SENATE ESTIMATES EXPOSES LIBERALS’ CUTS AND CHAOS ON SCHOOLS AND UNIS - FRIDAY, 26 OCTOBER 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
  
ANDREW GILES MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR SCHOOLS
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN
 
SENATOR LOUISE PRATT
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA
 
 
SENATE ESTIMATES EXPOSES LIBERALS’ CUTS AND CHAOS ON SCHOOLS AND UNIS

Senate Estimates committee hearings this week have exposed the Liberals’ cuts and chaos on schools and unis. 
 
Scott Morrison is so desperate to ram through his $14 billion of cuts to public schools, he’s shut his own education minister out of school funding negotiations. 
 
It was revealed this week that Mr Morrison has now put Treasurer Josh Frydenburg in charge of ripping money from public schools.
 
This is confirmation the Liberals are only interested in cutting schools, not improving them for our kids. 
 
It’s also a humiliation for Education Minister Dan Tehan, who’s been sidelined just weeks into his new job.
 
There has been five years of school cuts and chaos under the Liberals, now they’ve caused a turf war to erupt between ministers.
 
It seems there’s no end to Scott Morrison’s school funding crisis even though he promised to fix it by October 4.
 
If states do sign school funding agreements, it will be because Mr Morrison is holding a gun to their heads. 
 
And during sustained questioning in Senate Estimates last night, the government was forced to admit it had no idea how many Australians will miss out on uni due to Scott Morrison’s cuts. 
 
That’s despite independent experts saying the Liberals’ cuts will see around 200,000 people miss out on uni over the coming decade or so.
 
Unlike the Liberals, Labor will make big investments in schools and unis to give every Australian the opportunity to reach their full potential – no matter where they live, or how much their parents earn.

 

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