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20 August, 2012

Abbott Attack on Public Schools

The Australian Education Union today rejected the extraordinary claims by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott that public schools were overfunded in comparison with private schools.

AEU Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos said: “Tony Abbott proved today he would be the private school prime minister.

“For him the old school tie is clearly a more powerful motivator than the needs of millions of children in our public schools.

“Mr Abbott’s comments betray a total ignorance of all the work undertaken by the Gonski Review that showed overwhelmingly that the underfunding in education is in public schools.

“Not only has Tony Abbott ruled out giving public schools a cent of the $3.8 million a year the Gonski Review said they urgently require, but he has already outlined cuts in schools worth almost $3 billion.

“His cuts would hurt students in public schools in the most disadvantaged areas of the nation.

“The Coalition has also made it clear that more of the $70 billion they propose to cut will come from education.

“His comments today confirm Tony Abbott’s plan for public schools is to cut funding, sack as many as one in seven teachers and increase class sizes. Every school would be affected.

Over two thirds of children are educated in public schools and he has already shown he doesn’t care about them or the quality of the education they receive.

“He obviously doesn’t believe in public education and he would make it harder for children across the country to get a high quality education.”

Contact: AEU Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos 0488 012045 or Communications Coordinator Mark Robinson 0403 043151