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Senator Lyn Allison Australian Democrats Schools Spokesperson


2 February 2004 MEDIA RELEASE 04/037

Democrats welcome ALP schools funding pledge

The Australian Democrats have today welcomed Federal ALP’s announcement of a new funding policy that would deliver more resources to needy schools.

Democrats’ Education spokesperson, Senator Lyn Allison, said “I hope this means Mr Latham will place public education on the ALP agenda as a high need priority.

“The Howard Government’s SES funding model for non-government schools, supported by the ALP, has been the opposite of needs-based funding.

“The Democrats call on Labor to commit to a major review and overhaul of the present system.

“The fact that most private schools have been exempted from this funding model (Catholic schools and the ‘funding maintained’) and that the wealthiest schools have benefited most should encourage Mr Latham to tackle this head-on.

“The fact that Public schools have far less to spend on their students than the vast majority of non-government schools will also need to be addressed by Labor.

“Labor should also commit to addressing the massive shortage of teachers. Studies show Australia will have a national shortfall of 5,000 teachers by 2005 and 20,000 - 30,000 by 2010,” Senator Allison concluded.

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