STRAIGHT FROM THE MINISTER'S MOUTH: SCHOOL CUTS HERE TO STAY

The Government hasn't listened at all to the concerns of the community, experts and school sectors about their attack on school funding, with new Education Minister Simon Birmingham stating in his own words that the Liberals’ $30 billion cuts are here to stay.

In Senate Estimates last night, Senator Birmingham said:

“The Government’s policy, in terms of what has been laid out in the Budget, stands.”

Birmingham, Senate Estimates, 21 October 2015

This news will come as a disappointment to state education ministers, who said that:

"The impact for these cuts will be to compromise states' and territories' ability to provide high quality education to all students, regardless of their location or economic background.”  

Education Council Briefing, The Age – 25 May 2015

Also in the list of people disappointed will be Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal mate Mike Baird, who said these cuts were:

"A kick in the guts."

Mike Baird, Press Conference, 13 May 2014

Perhaps the Minister didn't see the warning from the National Catholic Education Commission that:

“Fees will increase, schools could close and the quality of education will be compromised.”

National Catholic Education Commission, Pre-Budget Submission, 6 February 2015

Or he might have missed when Independent Schools Queensland said:

“This could only lead to a reduction in programs and education quality, or in the case of independent schools, significant increases in fees.”

David Robertson, Executive Director Of Independent Schools Queensland, Online Opinion, 12 May 2014

First the Abbott-Turnbull Government broke their promise and abandoned years five and six of Labor's needs-based funding reforms, then they linked school funding indexation to the consumer price index from 2018, ripping $30 billion out of our schools.

While we have a new Prime Minister and a new Education Minister, it is clear we also have the same unfair school cuts which will see every child in every classroom worse off.

 

THURSDAY, 22 OCTOBER 2015