ABBOTT’S CUTS LEAVE QUEENSLAND SCHOOLS $6.29 BILLION WORSE OFF

TUESDAY, 29 JULY 2014

New analysis of the Government’s own figures – released today – shows Tony Abbott’s cuts will leave Queensland schools $6.29 billion worse off over the next decade.

The Abbott Government’s Budget cut $80 billion from schools and hospitals – with $30 billion of that coming directly from schools.

 

“This is the biggest ever cut to Queensland schools, with $6.29 billion to be ripped from classrooms up and down the state,” Kate Ellis, Shadow Education Minister, said.

 

“The impact of these cuts are very real - every Queensland school student will get $1,000 less support, every year.”

 

These cuts are the equivalent to sacking one in seven teachers and will mean a cut to the average school of $3.2 million.

 

“Students will miss out on literacy and numeracy programs, extension classes and extra teachers,” Yvette D’Ath, Shadow Minister for Education and Training, said.

 

“Tony Abbott’s cuts are hitting Queensland classrooms right now, with Principals simply unable to begin new programs with such massive cuts looming on the horizon.”

 

“Principals want to be working to improve our schools, not trying to figure out how they will deal with the biggest ever cuts.”

 

Kate Ellis and Yvette D’Ath are calling on Principals, teachers, parents and students across Queensland to get involved in National Gonski Week this week, and stand up against school cuts.

 

The cuts announced in the Budget mean there is no funding for the vital fifth and sixth years of the Gonski reforms, and restrict indexation to CPI from 2018. With the ABS Education Price Index currently at 5.1 per cent, that will mean a significant and compounding cut in real terms.

 

“Campbell Newman should follow the lead of Liberal Premiers in the southern states, stand up to Tony Abbott and demand these school funding cuts are reversed,” Yvette D’Ath said.

 

Kate Ellis said Labor was committed to the Gonski school reforms.

 

“Both state and federal Labor will fight so that every child can get the individual support they need, no matter where they go to school,” Kate Ellis said.

 

NOTE – Calculation based on 2012 enrolment figures published by the Productivity Commission and the ABS.