School staff in the Mildura area will rally at the office of federal National Party MP Andrew Broad today, urging him to step up and fight for local school children and abandon the Turnbull government’s education cuts agenda.
Meredith Peace, Australian Education Union Victorian Branch President, said students in Andrew Broad’s electorate of Mallee will lose $20.8 million over the next two years and Victorian public schools in National Party electorates will lose over $51 million under Malcolm Turnbull’s school cuts.
“As a Nationals MP for Mallee, Andrew Broad says he supports rural and regional communities so why is he backing the Prime Minister’s cuts? Instead he must stand up for public school students,” said Ms Peace.
“The Turnbull government’s education cuts will see schools and students across Victoria and in the National electorates of Mallee, Murray and Gippsland, miss out on crucial needs-based funding designed for rural students. These cuts will mean students and schools who need additional resources and support at school will miss out.
“Today we are sending a strong message to Mr Broad that this is unacceptable, and that he needs to fight for a better future for rural and regional school children.
“The current Gonski needs-based funding agreement is already making a difference to students in local schools, delivering individual programs and resources that extend and support our children.
“Instead of delivering a full needs-based funding model, Turnbull’s plan to cut school funding which means over $630 million will be slashed from schools across Victoria in 2018 and 2019. Regional students across Victoria will be the most impacted by the cuts over the next two years.
- Nationals MP Andrew Broad’s electorate of Mallee is set to lose $20.8mill or $1,859 per student.
- Nationals MP Damien Drum’s electorate of Murray is set to lose $15.5mill or $1,596 per student.
- Nationals MP Darren Chester’s electorate of Gippsland to lose $15.2mill or $1,629 per student.
“Parents, teachers, principals and support staff will not accept the Turnbull government’s attempt to push through a new scheme that will leave students without adequate funding, and disadvantage our most vulnerable students.
“We are going to let Mr Broad know that the local community expects him to stand up and fight for regional students and to deliver the full needs-based funding our kids deserve,” said Ms Peace.
Date: Tuesday, June 13
Location: Office of Mr Andrew Broad, 146 Eighth Street, Mildura