Every student in every school across Deakin will be worse off as a result of Malcolm Turnbull's cuts to education, with the Turnbull Government's Budget ripping $186 million out of classrooms in the electorate over the next ten years.
Despite the Liberals’ promises at the last election to match Labor’s school funding “dollar for dollar”, Mr Turnbull will go to the election with $29 billion in cuts to Australia’s classrooms.
Shadow Education Minister Kate Ellis joined Labor’s Candidate for Deakin, Tony Clark, to visit Vermont Secondary College yesterday and see first-hand what Mr Turnbull’s cuts will cost local schools.
"An investment in local schools is an investment in the future of our children," said Kate Ellis.
"Our hard working educators are already using Labor’s needs-based funding to make a difference in local schools. Vermont Secondary College has already used the funding to lift student outcomes by investing in specialist literacy support coaches and working to improve Year 12 retention by introducing pathways programs for students at risk of disengaging or dropping out.
"Labor has made education a priority because we know that students in Deakin deserve better than Malcolm Turnbull's cuts.”
Labor candidate for Deakin, Tony Clark, said Michael Sukkar had done absolutely nothing to stand up for local students against his Government’s cuts.
“Analysis from the Victorian Government shows that under Mr Turnbull, Vermont Secondary School will be up to $2.4 million worse off in 2018 and 2019 alone,” said Mr Clark.
“Our schools play a critical role in preparing students for the future – if local students are to develop the skills they need to get good jobs, they can’t afford Mr Turnbull’s $186 million cuts.”
KATE ELLIS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD
MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR DEAKIN