Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan have overseen ‘historic’ waste and mismanagement in the education portfolio that has vastly contributed to Australia’s spiralling debt and deficit.
“The reason Labor has abandoned their promised surplus can be directly traced to Budgetary waste, not least in the education portfolio,” said the Shadow Minster for Education, Christopher Pyne.
“After promising nothing short of an ‘Education Revolution’ in 2007, our so-called education Prime Minister squandered billions in budgetary blow-outs,” he said.
“For example, the flagship programme from the ‘Education Revolution’, the Computers in Schools programme blew out by $1.4 billion.
“The school hall programme blew out from $14.7 billion to $16.2 billion. With systemic mismanagement, price gouging and State skimming some estimates suggest that as much as 50 per cent was wasted in the programme.
“The blow-outs in these two programmes alone are more than double Wayne Swan’s projected 2012/13 surplus that he abandoned yesterday.
“The saddest thing for parents and students is despite the overblown rhetoric, Labor’s ‘Education Revolution’ has failed to improve student outcomes.
“National and international testing results show student outcomes have flat lined or declined after five years of Labor.
“So Labor lied about the carbon tax, lied about the surplus and have lied to parents about delivering an ‘Education Revolution’. How can they possibly be trusted to deliver a new school funding model?