“Australians didn’t vote for Mr Morrison or his $17 billion of school cuts. The only way Scott Morrison can fix his school funding crisis is by reversing all his cuts to schools in full, including the $14 billion he’s cut from public schools.” Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari said today.
Mr Morrison’s fix for Catholic and Independent schools interstate, does not give a dollar extra to schools in the Northern Territory. Quite the opposite.
This includes NT Catholic and Independent schools that will $35.9million because of this announcement.
NT government schools will lose $71 million of federal government funding over the next two years (2018 and 2019).
In Lingiari the cut is $37.3million.
For NT this will be equivalent to cutting almost 4 teachers from every school.
In the NT over 70% of students are enrolled in public schools.
To Mr Morrison message to parents and students is you and your kids don’t matter.
Public schools educate 82 per cent of the poorest kids in Australia. They teach 84 per cent of Indigenous kids, and 74 per cent of kids with disabilities too. Yet Mr Morrison is cutting their funding by $14 billion.
Because of the Liberals’ chaos and division public schools have no funding certainty for 2019.
Public schools need to be able to plan for next year right now – the Liberals’ division and chaos in Canberra is hurting our schools, and our kids.
Only Labor has a plan for fair school funding.
Labor believes that we all need to work together to give every child the best start in life. For that, our kids need the best schools.
Bill Shorten and Labor will undo the savage cuts to our schools to make sure that every child gets the fair go they deserve.