Hopes that Malcolm Turnbull would reverse Tony Abbott’s broken promises on school funding have been shattered by Simon Birmingham, less than a week after taking up the role of Education Minister.
Minister Birmingham has confirmed his intention to see out Christopher Pyne’s plan to continue the cruel and short-sighted cuts to school funding, which will lock in inequality and an uncertain future for our schools.
The Abbott Government not only walked away from fully funding the Gonski agreements, it announced it will slash school funding indexation rates stripping $30 billion from school budgets over the next decade.
Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis, said that Simon Birmingham needs to get his own script and stop reading Pyne’s playbook.
“Liberals are doing everything they can to disassociate themselves from decisions they were part of under the Abbott Government,” Ms Ellis said.
“Now Australians know they’re wedded to their savage cuts which will hurt every student in every classroom.
“In the very first week of the Turnbull Liberal Government it is clear that while there is a new Prime Minister and a new Education Minister, nothing has changed when it comes to this Government’s unfair attack on schools, Ms Ellis said.
“This Government continues to ignore the pleas from parents, educators and the community who are rallying against the cuts – even the Government’s own NSW-Liberal National colleagues have slammed the short-sighted changes to school funding.
“Simon Birmingham has confirmed the cuts to education are the same, the neglect of our classrooms is the same – the only thing that has changed is a name behind the words.”
THURSDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2015