Mr Turnbull’s upcoming Budget needs to immediately address the dire situation for students with disability, with yet more evidence of the pressure schools are under due to a lack of adequate funding.
Reports today reveal that three out of four schools do not have adequate resources to help students with disability.
Incredibly, nine out of ten government schools said they were forced to use funds from other budgeted areas to assist students with disability, and 84 per cent said their teachers required more assistance.
At the same time, a Victorian Government review has found evidence that schools are excluding students with disability, "explicitly or subtly" denying enrolment.
Enough is enough – students with disability, their parents and carers deserve better.
Students with disability have been dealt nothing but broken promises under the Liberals, and they will go a whole term of government leaving tens of thousands of students missing out on the support they need.
The Liberal Government has cut the $100 million a year More Support for Students With Disabilities program, trashed the Gonski reforms and failed to implement the full disability loading as they have promised time and time again.
The least that Mr Turnbull can do is make sure his upcoming Budget fixes these mistakes, and gives students with disability the support they need and deserve.
In complete contrast to Mr Turnbull’s indifference, Labor will deliver additional per-student funding for students with disability, and will invest $320 million to ensure all students have the additional resources and support they need to achieve their potential.
Every student has the right to a great education, and every student with disability deserves to be recognised as a learner.
Mr Turnbull cannot ignore this dire situation any longer.
THE HON JENNY MACKLIN MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES & PAYMENTS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY REFORM
MEMBER FOR JAGAJAGA
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD
MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE