MINI-BUDGET LOCKS-IN MASSIVE SCHOOL CUTS

The mini-Budget again exposed Tony Abbott’s lies on education, confirming years five and six of the Gonski reforms have been cut and that $30 billion will be ripped from Australian classrooms over the next decade.

Tony Abbott’s plans to slash school funding by linking it to CPI from 2018 have also been locked-in, driving Commonwealth school funding below the legislated minimum and forcing schools to deal with massive cuts.

“Before the election Tony Abbott deliberately lied when he promised a unity ticket on school funding,” Shadow Education Minister, Kate Ellis, said.

“The mini-Budget sets out in black and white the scale of his deception, and leaves our schools facing massive cuts over the next decade.”

The Government’s Budget update confirms real cuts to school funding, with indexation forecast to fall to 2.5 per cent from 2018, which is below the rate legislated in the Australian Education Act, and less than half the rate of the ABS Education Price Index, currently 5.2 per cent.

The mini-Budget gave the Abbott Government the opportunity to keep its commitment and deliver more funding for students with disability, having promised:

"More funding for people with disability through the 'disability loading' in 2015."  Christopher Pyne - 23 August 2013

Not only has the Government failed to deliver the disability loading, which was central to the Gonski reforms, but they have also cut the $100 million per year More Support for Students with Disability program.

“Shirking its promise to students with disability, their parents and their carers is incredibly cruel,” Kate Ellis said.

“Parents, teachers and principals have been betrayed by this government.”

Labor will fight to protect the living standards, jobs and opportunities of low and middle income Australians. 

Labor believes in a strong economy that delivers for all Australians and doesn’t leave people behind.

 

TUESDAY, 15 DECEMBER 2014