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Capricornia students to benefit from Labor's Your Child. Our Future plan for education



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THE HON AMANDA RISHWORTH MP SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EDUCATION SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION FEDERAL MEMBER FOR KINGSTON

SENATOR JAN MCLUCAS SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

LEISA NEATON

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR CAPRICORNIA

Capricornia students to benefit from Labor’s Your Child. Our Future plan for education

Every child in Capricornia will have a better education with Labor’s Your Child. Our Future plan for Australia’s schools.

A Shorten Labor Government will fund the final years of the existing school funding agreements and reverse the Turnbull Liberal Government’s cuts to education, which would have ripped more than $225 million out of schools in Capricornia over the next ten years.

Labor’s positive plan stands in stark contrast to Malcolm Turnbull’s lazy approach to school funding that will see the Commonwealth completely walk away from public education.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Education, Amanda Rishworth said that students of Capricornia deserve an education system which gives them the individual support they need to reach their full potential, and only Labor has a plan to do this.

“With Labor’s Your Child. Our Future needs-based funding plan, students across Capricornia from Rockhampton to Scottville and everywhere in-between 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,” Ms Rishworth said.

“Your Child. Our Future is a $855 million injection of targeted federal investment to Queensland schools in the 2018-19 school years, and puts evidence and transparency at the heart of school funding, meaning that parents can have confidence that school funding is actually making a difference to student results.

“Labor has a fully funded school funding model that will see targeted investment across our school systems go to the students who need it most; Malcolm Turnbull has designs to weaken our public education system by completely defunding it.

“But Labor’s plan won’t be a blank cheque - Federal Labor expects that the state Government come to the table to properly resource Queensland schools and classrooms.”

Senator Jan McLucas said that the future economic and social prosperity of the Rockhampton region and Queensland more broadly relied on investing in a strong education system.

“If the students of Capricornia are to have the skills they need for the future economy, they need investment, not cuts. Malcolm Turnbull has cut over $225 million out of classrooms in Capricornia alone, $6.2 billion from Queensland schools and $30 billion from classrooms right around the country,” Senator McLucas said.

Labor Candidate for Capricornia, Leisa Neaton said education funding would be a key battleground leading up to this year’s federal election.

“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 school in Capricornia.

“Adding insult to injury, we hear recently that Malcolm Turnbull and Michelle Landry want to abandon Commonwealth involvement in our public schools.

“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 local community, need.”

MONDAY, 11 APRIL 2016

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