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Education and skills facing $2.4 billion in cuts

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MEDIA RELEASE Education and skills facing $2.4 billion in cuts

The Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook shows the Gillard Government will cut or delay $2.4 billion in education funding said the Shadow Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne today.

“This is a government that talks skills and productivity and has just announced billions of dollars in cuts to apprenticeships, teacher quality, university research, vocational education and training, student income support, scholarships and higher education enrolments.

“While Schools Minister Peter Garrett has viciously criticised state governments for making cuts in education he is presiding over a hollowing out of his own education budget.”

“Labor can never lecture anyone again on cuts to education; they are the rankest hypocrites that ever walked the earth.

“Cuts to the education budget will be felt in every school and tertiary institution in the country. Students and apprentices will miss out on additional support previously promised to them by Labor.

“It also reveals that Julia Gillard’s speech in response to the Gonski review, which was dripping in honeyed words about the importance of education, was given while her government was planning to take an axe to education spending.”

“Julia Gillard and Peter Garrett’s credibility on education has just been shredded,” Mr Pyne said.

October 24, 2012

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