The Turnbull Liberals have used the Christmas-New Year period to lock-in behind Tony Abbott's legacy on schools - confirming they will dump the needs-based Gonski reforms and keep his massive school cuts.
This comes after two consecutive Liberal budgets have stripped $30 billion from our classrooms over the next decade.
"This just proves Malcolm Turnbull is every bit as bad as Tony Abbott when it comes to schools," Shadow Education Minister, Kate Ellis, said.
"Any hope that a change in Liberal leader would save the Gonski reforms and undo their school cuts is now dead.
"These reforms are a once in a generation opportunity to lift results and close the gap between our schools, by giving every student the individual support they need to achieve their best.
"We are already seeing great results - but without the final two years students will simply be left behind.
"Literacy and numeracy programs will be cut; subject choices will be cut; sport and music will be cut; extension programs will be cut; remedial support will be cut; speech pathology and allied health services will be cut; and students with disability will not get the support they need.
"Every student in every school will be worse off.
"The Liberals went to the last election promising an 'absolute unity ticket' on school funding - first Tony Abbott tore that unity ticket up, and now Malcolm Turnbull has set fire to it.
"This is a huge betrayal of parents who simply want to know that their child will get a good education.
"In contrast to the Liberals, Labor will go to the next election with a much better plan for the future for Australian students - a properly-funded, sector-blind, needs-based school funding model that is consistent with the Gonski reforms."
TUESDAY, 29 DECEMBER 2015