Analysis released today tells us what we already knew; students in the Hunter electorate were amongst the biggest winners under the Gonski School funding reforms and are now amongst the biggest losers from the cuts imposed by Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.
That is also true of Barnaby Joyce’s electorate which now includes the Upper Hunter Shire.
Gonski was providing an opportunity to break the cycle of intergenerational unemployment in our region. It provided the resources schools need to intervene and assist children with challenges and to ensure all students reach their full potential. Those resources also lift our workforce capacity and economic growth.
Even Barnaby Joyce’s colleague, NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli says Barnaby Joyce and Malcolm Turnbull are wrong to cut Gonski funding.
Barnaby Joyce’s electorate was the second highest beneficiary of the 150 federal seats. The Hunter electorate ranked third. It’s time to reverse the cuts.