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Tasmanian students to benefit from $70 million funding boost with Labor



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THE HON KATE ELLIS MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE

SENATOR SAM DASTYARI

SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR SCHOOL EDUCATION AND YOUTH SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

TASMANIAN STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM $70 MILLION FUNDING BOOST WITH LABOR

Every child in Tasmania will have a better education with Labor’s Your Child. Our Future plan for Australia’s schools announced by Bill Shorten.

Critically, Labor will fund the final two years of the existing school funding agreements and reverse the Government’s cuts to education, meaning Tasmanian students would benefit from an extra $70 in targeted Federal investment in the 2018-19 school years.

Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis, said that Tasmanian students deserve an education system which gives them the individual support they need to reach their full potential, and only Labor had a plan to do this.

“With Labor’s Your Child. Our Future needs-based funding plan, Tasmanian students will be given better targeted resources, better trained teachers, and more of the one-on-one support we know makes a real difference to learning outcomes.

“Your Child. Our Future puts evidence and transparency at the heart of school funding, meaning parents can have confidence that school funding is actually making a difference to student results.

“This won’t be a blank cheque - Federal Labor expects that the Tasmanian Government honour their funding obligations in accordance with existing agreements.”

Parliamentary Secretary for School Education, Sam Dastyari, said that it was time for Will Hodgman to stand up for his state and tell Malcolm Turnbull that Tasmanian students deserve better than the Liberals’ savage cuts.

“The Tasmanian Government have said they support the Gonski reforms, but they are standing on the sidelines as Malcolm Turnbull rips the guts out of Tasmanian schools.

“Malcolm Turnbull’s school cuts are the equivalent of sacking one in seven teachers - they will lock in inequality and an uncertain future for every Tasmanian school.

“If Tasmanian students are to have the skills they need for the future economy, they need investment, not cuts. Only Labor has a plan for the future of Tasmanian schools, including the $70 million investment over two years announced yesterday.”

Ensuring Australia’s workforce is ready for the jobs of the future begins in schools - Your Child. Our Future will build the education system our children, and our nation, need.

SATURDAY, 30 JANUARY 2016

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