THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
GED KEARNEY MP
MEMBER FOR BATMAN
REMARKS AT WESTGARTH PRIMARY
TUESDAY, 17 APRIL 2018
SUBJECTS: Malcolm Turnbull ripping $17 billion from schools to pay for his $65 billion big business tax cut; Malcolm Turnbull’s special deals for elite private schools.
GED KEARNEY, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BATMAN: Hello everybody, it's one month since we've had the Batman by-election and it's wonderful to have Tanya back in Batman visiting Westgarth Primary School, because what we do know is that Labor is the party that will deliver for schools and for education right across the country. We've had a wonderful tour of this school, we've seen what great work our schools do do in this electorate, and of course right across the country, but they're being hit really hard with funding cuts, they are suffering from staffing shortages, they really want to provide the best education they can and if they want to do that then we know that Labor is the party to do that - Tanya?
TANYA PLIBERSEK, DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: Thanks for showing me this fantastic school Ged. We've had a really great tour and seen some of the terrific programs that the school is offering, but the reality is that this school loses $370,000 compared to Labor's original Gonski deal, under Malcolm Turnbull's cuts. So this school loses $370,000 over the next two years. Ged's electorate of Batman loses about $9.5 million compared to Labor's original Gonski deals and across the country we are talking about a $17 billion difference over the next ten years. Labor has already said that we will restore every single dollar of that funding cut, and we know that public schools like this will be the ones that benefit most from that because it's public schools that teach the majority of kids from a poor background, and the majority of kids with a disability, and the majority of Indigenous kids, the majority of kids in remote and regional and small schools. 86% of Malcolm Turnbull's cuts come from public schools, public schools have been the hardest hit by these cuts. So we want to restore that funding, because we think educating our kids should be our most important priority for our nation. In a few weeks’ time Malcolm Turnbull is going to bring down his next Budget, he's got the opportunity then of reversing these funding cuts to education and properly funding our schools and he should give up his $65 billion big business tax cut, most of which will flow to over overseas shareholders. It makes a lot more sense to invest in our kids than to give a big business tax cut. You always know that Malcolm Turnbull is going to protect the big end of town because it’s not just the $65 billion of big business tax cuts - even with schools, with ordinary schools like this facing a $370,000 cut over the next two years, Malcolm Turnbull still managed to find a secret $7 million fund to help the schools that he says are overfunded, some of the very elite private schools, he's giving them access to a secret fund. It's just madness to be cutting funding to ordinary public schools, having a $7 million secret fund for the most elite private schools, and in the background of all this $65 billion of big business tax cuts. He needs to get his priorities right for the budget in May.
KEARNEY: Thanks Tanya.