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Beazley re-commits Labor to its schools hit list [And] List of schools with reduced funding (eligible for Basic Grant).

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Media Release


26 June 2005 MIN 1139/05

Labor’s Federal Leader, Kim Beazley, has today re-committed his Party to its hit list of Catholic and Independent schools targeted for funding cuts.

Labor’s policy under then Leader Mark Latham was to cut the funding for a range of Catholic and Independent schools and to ultimately freeze the funding of every other Catholic and Independent school.

Labor’s funding formula will over six years put all Catholic and Independent schools onto the hit list.

This morning on Network Ten’s Meet the Pressprogramme, Mr Beazley was asked if Labor intended to take that schools policy through to the next election.

In response, Mr Beazley defended the policy and stated that;

“We will always take that position. Always.”

(Meet the Press, Sunday 26th June 2005)

Mr Beazley’s confirmation today is the third and final strike against any hope parents had that Labor might abandon its policy of punishment.

On 30 November 2004, Labor’s Education Spokeswoman, Jenny Macklin, declared that Labor’s Caucus had;

‘voted to retain the principles underlying Federal Labor’s election policy. Federal Labor will retain its schools policy...”

(Jenny Macklin, Media release, 30 November 2004)

Then last Friday, Mr Beazley re-appointed Jenny Macklin as Labor’s Education Spokeswoman.

Ms Macklin was Mr Latham’s co-driver in developing and designing Labor’s flawed schools funding policy.

It’s now clear that Labor remains 100% committed to its policy of cutting funding to Catholic and Independent schools.

Labor’s schools hit list is attached.

Media Contact: Dr Nelson’s Office Yaron Finkelstein 0414 927 663