The Turnbull government should restore the $17 billion cut from schools funding - Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

The Turnbull government should restore the $17 billion cut from schools funding

In 2017 the Turnbull government was able to pass legislation cutting $17 billion from funding that had been earmarked for schools over the next decade. I voted against the bill.

These education funding cuts are being made at the same time as the Turnbull government is seeking to worsen the Budget bottom line by $65 billion over a decade, in the form of corporate tax cuts. Kids and households shouldn’t be asked to pay for tax cuts for multinationals and millionaires.

The independent Parliamentary Budget Office has calculated that Queensland public schools will lose $458 million of federal government funding over the next two years (2018 and 2019) alone. The National Catholic Education Commission has calculated that QLD Catholic schools will lose $56.9 million of federal government funding over the next two years (2018 and 2019) alone.

Australia faces increasing inequality, and changes to the nature of work and employment. Our kids’ ability to have the same or better living standards as ours will depend on the quality of their education. So, today’s kids need great schools. Funding alone isn’t enough to make schools great, but schools can’t be made great without funding.

These cuts affect Catholic schools, state schools, and independent schools. They’re not just unfair; they are economically silly. If we become a nation of low-skill, low-wage workers, that will be bad for tax revenue and bad for growth.

I’ve been talking with locals about my online petition against the cuts. If you want to add your name, you can find it at http://www.terributlermp.com/no_school_cuts

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