If the Federal Nationals have not demanded Malcolm Turnbull reverse the Government’s school cuts, they will have again put their political fortunes ahead of students in regional Australia.
The Government’s $30 billion cut to schools will rip over $12.5 billion from country classrooms.
In contrast, under Labor’s Gonski reforms, about 40 per cent of additional investment was set to flow to regional and remote classrooms on the basis of student need.
The Federal National Party should follow the lead of their New South Wales colleague, Education Minister Adrian Piccoli, who knows the Liberals’ plan to walk away from the Gonski agreements and cut school funding will hit regional Australia hard.
“Why was I the strongest advocate across all education ministers? I think it’s because I’m the only National Party minister. Our electorates benefit the most.”
ADRIAN PICCOLI – THE AUSTRALIAN – 14 JUNE 2014
“The NSW government remains committed to funding its share of the six-year Gonski agreement and continues to advocate for the federal government to honour the agreement in full.”
ADRIAN PICCOLI – PRESS CONFERENCE, VILLAWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL – 28 MAY 2015
“With PISA tests showing students in regional areas are up to a year behind their city peers, and remote students up to two years behind, the Nationals have again failed in their moral obligation to stand up for country students,” Shadow Education Minister Kate Ellis said.
“Why won’t the Nationals grow a backbone and do the right thing?
“Improving our country schools is more important than ever.”
TUESDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2015