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   10   Education

Mr Perrett, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        recognises that:

(a)        Australian school students who commenced preparatory school when the Coalition formed government are now entering their final semester of primary school;

(b)        Australian school students who commenced high school when the Coalition formed government have transitioned to earning or learning through tertiary or vocational education; and

(c)        the future opportunities of these young Australians have been curtailed by the inability of the Government to address the educational needs of Australian students;

(2)        notes that since the Coalition formed government:

(a)        one of their first acts in government was to cut $30 billion over the decade from projected school funding;

(b)        they failed to restore cuts to public schools;

(c)        the literacy and numeracy of Australian school students has fallen;

(d)        there has been no action by the Government to improve school standards;

(e)        there has been no action by the Government to provide support to students, parents, teachers and principals;

(f)         Australian Vocational education and training (VET) students are paying more for their courses;

(g)        Australian apprenticeships and on-the-job training opportunities have declined;

(h)        the threshold for student loan repayments has been reduced, so that VET and university students are now commencing to repay their student loans when they are earning barely more than the minimum wage;

(i)         university places have been capped;

(j)         penalty rates, relied on by many students trying to earn money while studying, have been cut, resulting in more time away from their studies; and

(k)        nothing has been done to address the disconnect between higher education courses and industry demand for skills; and

(3)        calls on the Government to urgently implement measures to:

(a)        support public education in Australia through fair funding and reversing the cuts;

(b)        address the falling standard of literacy and numeracy of Australian students;

(c)        make sure university and TAFE is affordable for all Australians; and

(d)        ensure that young Australians have the skills required for our future workforce needs.

Debate ensued.

Debate adjourned and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.