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Howard to double funding to the richest private schools: $1 million each!



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Howard To Double Funding To The Richest Private Schools - $1 Million Each!

Michael Lee - Shadow Minister for Education

Media Statement - 22 August 2000

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The richest 62 schools in Australia will get $50 million a year extra through the Howard Government's changes to school funding legislation.

On average, the bill will almost double the funding for every Category 1 school, giving them almost $1 million a year, extra, each.

It is hard to believe that this is the same legislation which has already ripped $60 million out of needy government schools through the EBA.

Dr Kemp said the new funding system would be "transparent, simpler and fairer".

Labor is not opposed to extra funding for needy non-government schools, but how can the new system possibly be fairer when all the data we currently have says the very richest schools in Australia are the biggest winners?

So far the only data anyone has about the effect of the bill is from the SES Simulation Project conducted in 1998.

That data shows that almost every single Category 1 school (45 of the 46 who participated in the simulation project) will get increased funding and the average increase will almost double the funding they get now.

Now that we are starting to see the truth about how unfair this legislation is, it is clear why Dr Kemp is keeping the final funding figures secret.

How can the Parliament make a judgement on the fairness of Dr Kemp's new funding system for non-government schools without this essential information?

Dr Kemp is desperate for the Parliament to pass this legislation before anyone knows its real effect.

Labor will continue to pressure the Government to produce the final figures.

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