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Kemp's Missing Column Michael Lee - Shadow Minister for Education

Media Statement - 12 October 2000

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Today's Sydney Morning Herald front page showed a table listing six NSW schools which Dr Kemp claims are beneficiaries of the Howard Government's new school funding system.

When the missing column is added the truth is revealed.

  Enrolments Total Funding in 2004 Total Increase in 2004

Malek Fahd Islamic School 1,607 $7,521,688 $1,703,420

Oakhill College 1,478 $6,509,214 0

Waverley College 1,407 $5,791,260 0

St Mary Star of the Sea College 1,085 $5,630,812 0

St Dominic's College 1,071 $5,557,507 0

Trinity Grammar School 1,801 $5,318,894 $3,074,136

Four of these schools - Oakhill College, Waverley College, St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong and St Dominic's College, Kingswood - receive not one extra dollar under the new system.

As they all would be worse off under Dr Kemp's new SES system, they have their existing funding maintained.

Trinity Grammar, a Category 1 school with fees of more than $12,000 a year, gets an increase of $1,707 per pupil or more than $3 million a year in total.

Malek Fahd Islamic School, a much poorer Category 10 school, only gets an increase of $1,060 per pupil, 40% less than Trinity Grammar.

This debate is not about whether non-government schools should receive funding from the Federal Government.

This debate is about why the largest funding increases go to the wealthiest schools.

Dr Kemp's new system is as fair as a tax cut giving:

$1,707 to the parents who can afford to send their children to Trinity Grammar; ● $1,351 to the parents who send their children to King's; ● $1,060 to the parents at the Malek Fahd Islamic School; and ● nothing at all to the parents at the four Catholic Colleges. ●

The reason Dr Kemp was so keen to endorse the Sydney Morning Herald article is that one column was missing: the column that showed the funding increases that result from his policy.

I challenge Dr Kemp to explain why the six schools in his article of choice clearly demonstrate that his new funding system delivers the largest increases to the wealthy Category 1 schools.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.