Turnbull targets local schools in billion dollar cut

The Andrews Labor Government released figures today that show how much funding each government school would miss out on unless the Turnbull Liberal Government commits to funding the final two years of the Gonski Agreement.

Malcolm Turnbull is short-changing central Victorian schools more than $34 million over 2018 and 2019, impacting students across our region.

The Coalition’s broken promise on Gonski funding means that schools across the shire will lose on average $150,000-$175,000 every year from 2019, with some schools losing nearly $1 million per year.

If elected, a Federal Labor Government will return every single dollar of these funding cuts to our schools.

Victorian schools will experience a $1.1 billion shortfall over 2018 and 2019. This money could pay for 8,000 teachers or more than 10,000 allied health staff like psychologists, speech pathologists, welfare workers and physiotherapists.

The Andrews Labor Government fixed the $850 million black hole left by the previous Victorian Liberal Government and has met its obligations under the Gonski Agreement, with full allocations for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 school years.

State Member for Bendigo West said Ms Edwards Malcolm Turnbull should reverse his decision not to fund the final 2 years of Gonski.

“Before the last election, the Liberals promised they wouldn’t cut education and they would honour Gonski in full – yet by walking away from the deal they have cut more than $1 billion from Victorian schools.

“Schools don’t need more Malcolm Turnbull ‘selfies’, they need the Liberal Government to provide the funding they promised and our schools desperately need.

“Ripping out this money hurts our schools at a time when getting a good education is more important than ever.”

Ms Chesters said the cuts would have a “devastating impact on local students".

"Teachers, principals and the community are all telling us about the importance of finishing the six-year funding agreements, but this Government simply isn’t listening.

“The Liberals lack of support for the Gonski reforms show how short-sighted their approach to education is.”