HOCKEY MUST RULE OUT MORE CUTS TO SCHOOLS

Labor is calling on the Abbott Government to immediately rule out further cuts to schools following the Treasurer’s announcement today that he is looking to make even more cuts as part of his shambolic Budget.

 

Now, if the Senate chooses to block savings initiatives, then we need to look at other savings initiatives that may not require legislation and I would ask the Greens and the Labor Party who between them hold 35 votes on the floor of the Senate - to understand that there are alternatives for a Government.

 

JOE HOCKEY – AM PROGRAM – 16 JULY 2014

 

“When it comes to schools, this Government has repeatedly deceived the Australian public,” Kate Ellis, Shadow Education Minister, said.

 

“Tony Abbott has tossed aside the Gonski school funding reforms cutting $6.5 billion by abandoning years 5 and 6, giving the States a green light to make cuts of their own and washed his hands of any responsibility for ensuring that Commonwealth school funding is actually spent in schools at all.”

 

“Then, in this year’s Budget the Abbott Government announced an $80 billion cut to schools and hospitals, the biggest ever cut.”

 

Australian schools and students do not deserve to be the target of even more education cuts. They have already been dealt an inconceivably massive blow by Tony Abbott’s $80 billion cut to schools and hospitals, despite being promised before the election:

 

There will be no cuts to health, no cuts to education

TONY ABBOTT – 5 SEPTEMBER 2013

 

The Abbott Government has already betrayed every student, parent and teacher who went to the polls with the promise that:

 

You can vote Liberal or Labor and you’ll get exactly the same amount of funding for your school. 

CHRISTOPHER PYNE – POLICY LAUNCH - 29 AUGUST 2013

 

The Australian public does not deserve to be punished further for the Abbott Government’s inability to get its cruel and unfair Budget through the Parliament. This is the time when we should be investing in education, not ripping money out of our classrooms.

 

Bill Shorten and Labor will fight this unfair and cruel Budget because it is based on deceit and lies to the Australian people, and hurts most those who can least afford it.