Today's report from the Mitchell Institute is yet more evidence of the importance of Labor's needs-based funding reforms, which were designed to close the disadvantage gap and ensure that every child has the support they need to succeed at school.

Labor left a blueprint to a better, more equitable school system - the Liberals have torn this up.

First the Government broke a clear election promise and walked away from years 5 and 6 of the Gonski reforms, then they linked school funding to CPI from 2018, ripping $30 billion out of our schools over the next decade. Today’s report is just more evidence of the damage these cuts will do.

Shadow Education Minister Kate Ellis said that the report was yet another stark example of the consequences of not fully implementing Labor’s education reforms.

"This report clearly shows that students who are Indigenous, disadvantaged, or live in remote areas are falling behind their peers across the board in their schooling.

"These are exactly the students that Labor’s reforms targeted - making sure every child is given the resources they need to overcome factors of disadvantage.

"Gonski wasn't just about the money, it was about making sure the money gets to those who need it gets most. 

"But it's not only the individual students who need Labor’s reforms – Australia does. It should be unacceptable that a child is locked into educational disadvantage based on their socio-economic status. Our nation, and our economy, are poorer as a result.

"What more evidence does the Government need of the irreparable damage their $30 billion school cuts will inflict on Australian students and Australian schools?"