Lismore High School will lose $3.2 million a year if the Coalition doesn’t commit to funding the Gonski education policy according to Labor candidate for Page, Janelle Saffin.
Lismore High School will lose $3.2 million a year if the Coalition doesn’t commit to funding the Gonski education policy according to Labor candidate for Page, Janelle Saffin. Marc Stapelberg

Schools to lose $3.2 million if Gonski isn’t funded

NORTHERN Rivers schools will lose an average of $3.2 million each if the Gonski education policy is scrapped, according to Labor candidate for page Janelle Saffin.

Ms Saffin said across the North Coast, schools will be more than $570 million worse off over the next 10 years – cuts that will impact every student in every school in the region.

She said Labor had pledged to honour its commitment to the full Gonski.

“This includes $5.4 billion in Gonski funding for disadvantaged students in 2018 and 2019, and $320 billion in extra funding for students with disabilities,” Ms Saffin said.

Ms Saffin said she was deeply concerned for the future of children’s education in the local community if the Coalition didn’t commit to Gonski funding.

“The impact of these cuts is very real – they are enough to employ 197 extra teachers every year for the next 10 years in the Page electorate alone,” she said.

“Over 23,000 kids in our region will now miss out on the support and help they need at school.

“This is a deliberate betrayal of every local child in every local school.

“Mr Hogan needs to stand up for the people of Page or move out the way and let someone else step up.”

Page MP Kevin Hogan, a former teacher, said he believed in the needs-based formula of the Gonski policy.

“As an ex-teacher I understand the importance of investing in education,” he said.

“The needs based formula of Gonski is essential and will stay, and the Government has, and will, continue to increase funding for education every year.

“I will always advocate for increasing funding for education in our region.”

Mr Hogan couldn’t commit to the Coalition funding an additional two years toward the Gonski program.

“When coming into Government, $12.9 billion was invested in schools by the Federal Labor Government in 2012/2013.

“We are increasing this every year, reaching $19 billion for the year 2018/2019.

“This is an increase of $6 billion.

“This equates to approximately an increase in funding of just over $700,000 for every school.”

Labor’s claims if Gonski funding is scrapped:

  • $573 million cut from schools in the Northern Rivers region.
  • $197 million cut from schools in Page.
  • $197 million could employ 197 teachers every year for the next 10 years.
  • Average school will lose $3.2 million (Australia wide average figure).


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