The NSW Teachers Federation has rejected today’s claims by Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham that the Turnbull Government is increasing school funding in Bennelong.
In fact Mr Birmingham is making savage cuts to education funding. Cuts which are supported by Liberal candidate John Alexander.
The facts are disclosed on the Federal Education Department’s website for all to see.
An analysis by the NSW Teachers Federation earlier this year revealed $11 million in cuts to school budgets in Bennelong in 2018 and 2019 as part of a $22 billion dollar reduction in education funding across Australia.
Further analysis based on new information posted on the Federal Education Department’s website last month shows school budgets in Bennelong will be squeezed even further. Schools in Bennelong are set to lose an additional $760,000 in 2018.
“This Government has never been committed to honouring the original Gonski needs-based funding model,” said NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron.
“They tore up the signed NSW Gonski agreement and now they are peddling more misinformation to parents and voters.”
“Mr Birmingham is getting desperate on schools funding, trying unsuccessfully to defend the indefensible,” Mr Mulheron said.
“The Turnbull Government’s media release handed out at the time of the Gonski 2.0 announcement describe it as a $22 billion ‘saving’ – which means a cut to money that would otherwise be in schools under the previous funding arrangements.”
“Despite what Birmingham says, a cut to legislated and promised funding is still a cut.”
Mr Mulheron said every public school in Bennelong would be worse off in 2018/19 than they would have been under the original funding agreement between NSW and the Federal Government.