Malcolm Turnbull: Same Vinegar in Glossy Bottle Tony Abbott’s $30 billion cut to schools locked in.

Press Release 633

AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS

 

PRESS RELEASE 633#

 

Malcolm Turnbull: Same Vinegar in Glossy Bottle

Tony Abbott’s $30 billion cut to schools locked in. 



The 15 December Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) confirms that Malcolm Turnbull has locked-in Tony Abbott’s $30 billion cut to schools.

Public Education supporters should note that this figure includes cuts to the fifth and sixth years of the Gonski reforms.

Malcolm Turnbull’s talk about being smart and innovative remains just that – talk!  For him, the smarts don’t begin at school, or certainly not with the majority of Australian children who attend public schools.

As Trevor Cobbold from Save Our Schools noted on December 11 2015:

Given that Australia’s international test results in mathematics and science have fallen in recent years, it is somewhat bewildering that the Turnbull Government’s innovation statement released on Monday virtually ignores school education.

The statement says that ensuring students have the skills to equip them for the workforce of the 21st century is critical to maximising Australia’s productivity, and ensuring economic and social well-being in an increasingly STEM-based and digital economy. However, it proposes spending a miserly extra $100 million on school education over five years from 2016-17, comprising $48 million on prizes and competitions in science and mathematics and $51 million on digital literacy programs.

The proposed increase is farcical. It amounts to only $20 million a year or $54 per student a year. It represents only one per cent of the increase in Gonski funding planned by the Gillard/Rudd governments over the three years from 2016-17 to 2018-19. It will do little to reverse Australia’s declining maths and science results.

Trevor Cobbold

Bring on the Federal Election and get rid of this

Anti-Public Education

Government

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