LIBERALS IN “VIOLENT AGREEMENT” ON $30 BILLION SCHOOL CUTS

This afternoon the Government delivered blow after blow to any hope that they might reconsider their $30 billion cuts to Australia’s schools:

 

MATHIAS CORMANN: So from 2018 onwards the indexation formula is, as you’ve just indicated, as I’ve indicated on the record as late as last week, it is CPI plus an element to acknowledge enrolment growth.

 

Meaning – We are cutting $30 billion from education over the next ten years.

 

MATHIAS CORMANN: That is the policy position of the Government, and I think you’ll find that the Education Minister and I are in violent agreement that that is the policy position of the Government.

 

Meaning – We are cutting $30 billion from education over the next ten years.

[SENATE ESTIMATES, 9 FEBRUARY 2016]

 

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: We have different trajectories of growth, that is a statement of fact.

 

Meaning – We are cutting $30 billion from education over the next ten years.

 

DAVID SPEERS: But not beyond what was in the Budget?

 

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: No that’s not on the table at this stage… We are not proposing any change to the Budget.

 

Meaning – We are cutting $30 billion from education over the next ten years.

 

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: The Government has outlined Budget projections in terms of the quantum of money that will be available for school funding, what I’ve indicated is that within those projections from 2018 onwards, we will sit down and talk to the states and territories and to the non-Government schooling sectors about how they are distributed.

 

Meaning – The states, territories and school sectors are going to have to fight for the school funding scraps after we cut $30 billion from education over the next ten years.

[SKY NEWS, 9 FEBRUARY 2016]

 

No matter how they attempt to phrase it, one thing is clear. The Government has no plan for our schools, except to cut $30 billion.