Instead of wasting money on a review into rural education, the Liberals and Nationals should just stop their cuts.
They’ve cut childcare support that will leave one in three families worse off, threatening country childcare centres with closure.
They’ve cut billions of dollars from rural schools which will mean fewer teachers, less one-on-one attention, and students left behind.
They’ve cut billions of dollars from vocational education and TAFE, hitting country areas hard, and they’ve let apprentice numbers plummet by up to 40 per cent.
They’ve cut millions of dollars from rural universities, including infrastructure, and want to make students pay $100,000 for a degree.
They’ve cut successful training and employment programs such as Youth Connections and group training organisations that were getting unemployed people in country areas into jobs.
If the Liberals and Nationals want to know why rural education is suffering, they don’t need an inquiry, they need a mirror.
THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TAFE AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE
THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA
SPOKESPERSON FOR COUNTRY CAUCUS
MEMBER FOR HUNTER