Southside schools worse off under Malcolm Turnbull's $22 billion cut

Federal Member for Griffith Terri Butler says Southside schools will be worse off under Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals schools policy which rips $22 billion out of schools.

“It shows just how out of touch Malcolm Turnbull is that he’s ripping $22 billion from schools to pay for his $50 billion big business tax cut,” Ms Butler said.

“Ripping $22 billion from schools is an average of $2.4 million cut from every school. That’s like sacking 22,000 teachers.

“In Queensland, schools will lose $4.6 billion.

“Labor invests in education because we believe there's nothing better for our society, or our economy, than well educated, well trained Australians in good, well paid jobs.

“I have written to the Minister, asking him to reverse the Turnbull government’s 2014 cuts in full.

"Great schools are not just good for individual schoolkids, they are vital for our economy too.

“Schools in Griffith have seen firsthand the benefits of additional school funding.

“I’ve had Principals tell me that the funding Labor committed has resulted in measurable improvements in student learning outcomes. As an example, in a local primary school, some of the funding has been used to employ an early intervention teacher, delivering targeted intervention in the vital early years,” Ms Butler said.

“Only a Prime Minister who has completely lost it would have the hide to describe $22 billion of cuts to schools as ‘fair’. But that’s what Malcolm Turnbull did.

“Malcolm Turnbull is robbing Australian schoolkids of the opportunity to reach their full potential. You can’t trust the Liberals when it comes to education,” Ms Butler said.

Friday 5th May 2017

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