NT STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM $115 MILLION FUNDING BOOST WITH LABOR

Every child in the Northern Territory will have a better education with Labor's Your Child. Our Future plan for Australian schools announced by Bill Shorten.

Labor will reverse Malcolm Turnbull's cuts to education, meaning Northern Territory students would benefit from an extra $115 million in targeted Federal investment in the 2018-19 school years.

Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis, said that Northern Territory students deserve an education system which gives them the individual support they need to reach their full potential, and only Labor had a plan to do this.

"With Labor's Your Child. Our Future needs-based funding plan, Territory students will benefit from better targeted resources, better trained teachers, and more of the one-on-one support we know makes a real difference to learning outcomes," Ms Ellis said.

"The Government's no-strings attached approach to school funding has let Adam Giles rip 550 jobs and $82 million out of Territory education, using Federal school funding to prop up his budget.

"Your Child. Our Future puts evidence and transparency at the heart of school funding, meaning that parents can have confidence that school funding is actually reaching the classroom and making a difference to student results.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Education, Amanda Rishworth, said that with Labor's plan, the CLP would no longer be able to get away with school cuts.

"This won't be a blank cheque," Ms Rishworth said.

"Instead of colluding with Malcolm Turnbull to rip the guts out of Territory schools, it's time Adam Giles grew a backbone, stood up to his Liberal mates in Canberra and backed Labor's positive plan.

"Malcolm Turnbull's school cuts are the equivalent of sacking one in seven teachers - they will lock in inequality and an uncertain future for every Territory school.

"If Territory students are to have the skills they need for the future economy, they need investment, not cuts. Only Labor has a plan for the future of Territory schools, including the $115 million investment over two years announced yesterday."

Labor's plan has been costed by the Independent Parliamentary Budget Office.

 

THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE

THE HON AMANDA RISHWORTH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR KINGSTON