Schools in the Hunter region will benefit from an extra $140 million in targeted, needs-based funding with a Shorten Labor Government, compared to what schools will get under the Liberals.
Electorate Extra investment with Labor in 2018 and 2019
- Hunter $31 million
- Shortland $33 million
- Newcastle $33 million
- Paterson $43 million
The extra funding is part of Labor’s $36 billion Your Child. Our Future plan for schools, which will make sure the Gonski reforms are delivered on time and in-full.
In stark contrast to Labor’s commitment, the Turnbull Government will cut $771 million from local schools over the next decade.
Labor Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, said Labor’s boost to school funding will benefit 1.5 million students who live outside Australia’s capital cities.
“A strong education system will equip students in country schools with the skills they need to get the jobs of the future,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
“Labor will deliver $1.8 billion more than the Liberals for regional and country students in 2018 and 2019 alone. This will mean students in the Hunter region will have the same opportunities to learn the skills they need to succeed as their capital city peers.”
Charlton MP and Labor candidate for Shortland, Pat Conroy, said Labor’s policy was a once in a lifetime opportunity for schools and students.
“Our local schools do great work but there’s no doubt they need additional resources. There is no excuse for an educational divide but unfortunately it is a reality,” Mr Conroy said.
“An extra $33 million over the next two years would be a huge boost to schools in Shortland.”
Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon said the additional $33 million for local schools in Newcastle will mean more individualised support and attention for students.
“Parents, teachers and students have been telling me how much difference Gonski investment is already making in their schools, and the continuation of this funding is their number one priority.
“Gonski ensures a stronger focus on every child’s needs and more targeted resources. It delivers better literacy and numeracy intervention programs and more support for students with disability or those with additional learning needs,” Ms Claydon said.
Labor’s candidate for Paterson, Meryl Swanson, said Labor's Your Child. Our Future plan will see an additional $43 million for local schools in Paterson.
"I know the difference that $43 million can make not only to our children but to the families and the future of Paterson,” Ms Swanson said.
“Properly funding our schools is critical to making sure local students have the skills they need to get a good job. Only Labor will put people first by investing in Australia’s schools.”
For more information on Labor’s plan to support every student in every school, visit www.laborsplanforeducation.com.au.
FRIDAY, 13 MAY 2016
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RURAL AFFAIRS
SPOKESPERSON FOR COUNTRY CAUCUS
MEMBER FOR HUNTER
PAT CONROY MP
MEMBER FOR CHARLTON
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR SHORTLAND
SHARON CLAYDON MP
MEMBER FOR NEWCASTLE
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR PATERSON