LIBERAL CUTS HURT SOUTHSIDE SCHOOLS - Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Liberal Cuts Hurt Southside Schools

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The Member for Griffith, Terri Butler MP, says Liberal cuts will hurt our local schools.
 
“At this time of year, as school goes back,  parents are thinking about their kids’ education, and what the future holds,” Ms Butler said.

“Under Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals, the future for Southside schools looks grim.
 
“Nationwide, the Liberals are cutting $30 billion from schools – that’s like sacking one in seven teachers.
 
“Here in our electorate of Griffith, schools will lose more than $233 million.
 
“These cuts will hurt our local schools.
 
“They’ll mean fewer teachers, less one-on-one attention, and students left behind.
 
“They’ll mean students getting less help with the basics like reading, writing, maths, science, and computer skills.
 
“When I visit Southside schools I get to see some amazing work being done to make sure  our next generation has the best possible chance in life.
 
“Our community spends so much time fundraising for our schools because we know what a difference money makes.
 
“Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals are cutting funding from schools because they think you should only get a good education if you can afford to pay.
 
“The Liberals can’t find money for schools, but they can find money for a big business tax cut.
 
“The Liberals have chosen to spend money on handouts for big business and the banks, rather than schools.
 
“You can’t trust the Liberals on education.
 
“Labor believes getting a good education is the ticket to a lifetime of opportunity.
 
“Labor believes education is critical to ensure Australia has a strong economy with secure jobs.”

MONDAY, 23 JANUARY 2017

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  • commented 2017-02-07 03:10:24 +1000
    Hear! Hear!! Lorna I am so concerned for the direction education is heading.

    I recently withdrew my daughter from a local independent school due partly to financial hardship, ongoing unstable employment, workplace harassment and my daughter feeling that she did not quite belong in the school even though academically she was doing very well. The school was providing a level of education that included access to a computer scheme, extended library hours, a comprehensive offer of extra curricular activities including sport, music, drama and dance and a stunning view with air con in every classroom, hall and auditorium. It is the way it should be. A rounded experience in a supportive, comfortable environment

    Contrast this with the local public high school that has had some much needed, overdue structural maintenance to buildings as well as a lick of paint. There is no computer scheme, opportunities for extra curricular engagement is limited, the library has limited hours, and some classrooms are air-conditioned. It must frustrate the teachers and the school leadership team enormously as they try to provide the best that they can in such a limiting environment. Public Schools NEED public moneys to provide this.

    I currently work in education as a contract and supply teacher in the public education system. I have worked in many Primary and High School and TAFE in a range covering the Brisbane Valley to Ferny Grove. The lack of resources in Public Education is evident. Funds are needed to give students similar or the same opportunities to get ahead in life which means affordable education to all including those of us living on the minimum wage. I believe that good education is both a right and a privilege and not only for the wealthy, cashed up clan.

    All parents want this for their children and teachers want to provide it. The current government is withholding funds to get the job done and in my eyes theirs are closed. My message to them is loud and simple: OPEN THEM!
  • commented 2017-02-06 17:45:31 +1000
    For 2 years past i have travelled to Maryborough Qld to help a daughter get her 2 boys back into high school. Paying the hire costs of a lap top for the eldest boy along with other school costs. This year when fronting up to the School Office 23rd Jan 2017 I was told that that scheme was no longer available. I had to turn around & buy a laptop on my credit card.
    I thought this was Labor initiative several years ago? Do my Grandchilden now miss out in accessing these valuable resourses due to lack of funds. My own children too had to pay their way through University a decade before. Was it only the Politicions of today who had free University back in the Whitlam years?
    I am now 79 years old & I can see little joy for these young people work wise in rural area’s of Australia.
  • commented 2017-02-06 11:17:48 +1000
    Unbalanced -Private Schools under a Coalition Government ,especially the Catholic Schools – i will send you a number of Documents in the coming weeks to prove that they are treated like Royalty ? when they are so rich -you only have to go onto the Financial Reports to see that they do not need so much funding.
  • commented 2017-02-06 09:39:31 +1000
    Education and Health are 2 essentials that should NEVER be subjected to cuts in funding. It is reprehensible of any government to even consider it.
  • commented 2017-01-30 20:01:36 +1000
    Does this mean all Schools State and Catholic Schools ?

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