The 2014 Budget ripped out $30 billion. Malcolm Turnbull has only reversed around $1 billion of this cut. It doesn’t take a mathematician to see that there’s still $29 billion in cuts still on the table for our schools over the next decade.
Mr Turnbull and his Education Minister are desperately trying to plaster over their broken schools promises – but the only way they can repair the damage is to complete the existing six-year school funding agreements. Anything less will be a cut.
The states and territories have overwhelmingly rejected the Government’s plan:
“It doesn’t matter which way Malcolm Turnbull tries to spin it, this is another Liberal broken promise and a bitter pill to swallow for Victorian students and their families.” [JAMES MERLINO, THE AUSTRALIAN, 02/05/16]
“We don’t need more Commonwealth testing, we need Commonwealth funding.” [SUSAN CLOSE, THE AUSTRALIAN, 02/05/16]
“If the Government really cared about literacy and numeracy and prep and year one, then they would put their money into additional teacher aids in the classroom that make a real difference to students’ learning.” [KATE JONES, 4BC, 02/05/16]
"NSW will continue to advocate for the full Gonski funding in its agreement with the Commonwealth government." [ADRIAN PICCOLI - AFR, 02/05/16]
The Liberals haven’t delivered on the schools funding promises of the last election – Australians know they can’t trust them with the future of schools at the upcoming one.
The choice at this election is clear: Labor’s plan to invest $3.5 billion more in schools by 2020, or the Liberals’ cuts.