The Liberals have been caught out trying to sneak through the election campaign without saying how school funding would be distributed under a Turnbull Government.
When asked at the One Community – Education Funding Our Future forum in Adelaide how school funding would be distributed to States and Terriitories under a Liberal Government, Simon Birmingham said:
“South Australia will get a greater share of that growth of funding.”
[SIMON BIRMINGHAM, 16 JUNE 2016]
Simon Birmingham also refused to say what that would mean for other states and territories – or who would receive less as a consequence. He also refused to say how much funding each state and territory would receive:
“That requires us to work that through with the States and Territories...” [SIMON BIRMINGHAM, 16 JUNE 2016]
“It’s deceptive and irresponsible for the Liberals to try and get to election day without being honest about their plans for school funding,” Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis, said.
“Malcom Turnbull has provided absolutely no detail about how funding will be distributed between States or how resources will be allocated to the non-government sector.
“Labor’s policy has been clear since the start of the year. Despite being in Opposition, we have provided detail about what it will mean for each State and each electorate.
“It’s ridiculous to think that the Turnbull Government – with the resources of the Education department – can’t say what the impact of their school cuts will be.
“The Liberals’ policy is to cut $29 billion from schools over the next ten years – and they are trying to be sneaky about how they will do it.”
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD
MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE