CUTS TO LEAVE SCHOOLS IN NORTH QLD $468 MILLION WORSE OFF

WEDNESDAY, 30 JULY 2014

New analysis of the Government’s own figures – released today – shows Tony Abbott’s cuts will leave North Queensland schools $468 million 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. In total, Queensland schools will be $6.29 billion worse off over the next decade.

 

“This is the biggest ever cut to Queensland schools, with $468 million to be ripped from classrooms in North Queensland,” Kate Ellis, Shadow Education Minister, said.

 

“The North has a young and growing population, meaning it will be one of the worst hit areas across the country.”

 

“The impact of these cuts are very real - every 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, music and sport programs, and extra teachers,” Jan McLucas, Senator for Queensland, said.

 

“Tony Abbott’s cuts are being felt in our classrooms now, with principals unable to start new programs because these massive cuts are hanging over their heads.”

 

“Our teachers want to be working to improve our schools, not spending their time and energy planning for how they will cope with these cuts.”

 

Kate Ellis and Jan McLucas 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.

 

“This is more proof that the LNP just take the North for granted,” Jan McLucas said.

 

Jan McLucas said it was time Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman stopped collaborating on cuts and actually did something about building the future and growing the local economy.

 

“The first step should be to reverse these school cuts,” Jan McLucas 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 for the Federal electorates of Herbert and Dawson, published by the Productivity Commission and the ABS.