Labor's Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP today said the Liberal Government Budget plan to increase school funding is in fact still a massive cut for Bendigo and Central Victorian schools.
“The Liberals must think we’re fools.
“It’s outrageous and deeply disappointing that they are still refusing to fully fund the Gonski reforms despite promising to do so before the last election.
“In their first budget the Liberal Government cut the former Labor Government’s needs-based funding - or Gonski money as it is commonly referred to - for all local schools; Public, Independent and Catholic.
“Last month Prime Minister Turnbull said he wants to cut all Federal Government funding to public schools.
“Now the Liberal Government is saying in tomorrow night’s budget they will restore some of the funding that they have cut from Bendigo and Central Victorian Schools.
“When it comes to needs based funding for our local schools the Liberal Government simply cannot be trusted.”
In January, Labor announced the Your Child. Our Future plan which will fully fund years five and six of the Gonski school funding agreements, reversing all of the Liberal’s cuts and bringing about long-term reform.
"Locally, it means the Kyneton Secondary College would receive an extra $600,000 each year and even smaller schools like Tylden Primary would receive an extra $100,000 each year.
"We have amazing schools with brilliant teachers across the Bendigo electorate. However, the current funding model for schools is unfair and it's a problem the Federal Government created.
"With Labor’s Your Child. Our Future needs-based funding plan, students in the Bendigo region will be given better targeted resources and more of the one-on-one support we know makes a real difference to learning outcomes.
"Every child in the Bendigo region, regardless of the school or postcode, will have a better education with Labor’s Your Child. Our Future plan for Australia’s schools.”