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Non-government schools face $1.3 billion shortfall under Labor.



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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training Federal Member for Sturt

Sunday, 1 August

Non-government schools face $1.3 billion shortfall under Labor

Figures show that non-government schools in Australia will be $1.3 billion worse off in real terms over the next four years if school funding isn’t indexed, Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for Education said today

This announcement comes a day after Education Minister, Simon Crean, refused to guarantee that funding for non-government schools would be maintained in real terms after the current review is completed.

Based on published information, supplementation/indexation for all non-government schools in Australia is currently around $323 million a year. Over the four year life of the school funding agreement this would add to a $1.3 billion shortfall.

“The missing $1.3 billion in funding will have to be made up by families paying higher school fees,” Mr Pyne said.

“This is added pressure families just don’t need. Many parents scrimp and save to send their children to a non-government school of their choice,” he said.

“It couldn’t come at a worse time, with parents faced with rising cost of living expenses under the big spending, big taxing Gillard Government.

“Catholic Education has already indicated smaller catholic schools might be forced to close down all together without funding indexation. The entire non-government sector is now faced with uncertainty.

“The Coalition will retain the existing SES school funding model, and we have given a guarantee that no non-government schools will be worse off in real terms, meaning parents with children in non-government schools will continue to have a real choice about how their children are educated.

“A re-elected Labor Government will result in the return of the ‘private school hit list’ and higher schools fees,” Mr Pyne said.

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