Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino met with local principals and other education leaders to discuss school funding and the Gillard Government’s Gonksi Review.
While the Gillard Government has promised “not one school will lose one dollar per student” it has refrained from committing to maintaining the current level of indexation. This means schools will lose real money.
“We are concerned that the Gillard Government is either going to shelve the Gonski review entirely or cherry-pick recommendations of the Gonski Review without the additional funding,” Mr Pyne said.
“The Coalition believes this will result in cuts for non-government schools and higher school fees for parents” he said.
Mrs Marino said she was delighted that Mr Pyne was able to speak in Bunbury on such an important issue.
“The Gillard Government needs to understand that many parents work extremely hard and make sacrifices to send their children to independent schools,” she said.
“Parents are really feeling the pinch of cost of living pressures and any funding cuts or changes to school funding indexation will only lead to either increased costs for parents or possible cuts to services by schools.
“It would also lead to a lot more work for volunteers on Parents and Community groups.”