Labor appears to have abandoned its commitment to introduce school funding changes into the Federal Parliament this year, throwing the education sector into funding uncertainty, said the Shadow Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne.
“A report today reveals Schools Minister Peter Garrett has dumped his promise to introduce school funding changes this year in the Federal Parliament – something he recommitted to only two weeks ago,” Mr Pyne said.
“The report also suggests the Government is considering extending the current SES model by another year, well beyond the next election. As I predicted, after five years of promising changes to school funding the reality has caught up with Labor’s rhetoric,” he said.
“Once again Labor has been caught out in a con – building expectations, promising change, but failing to deliver it. They will go to the 2013 election with no policy, just like in 2010 and 2007.
“The real reason for the back-flip is that despite Mr Garrett’s assurances, many non-government schools will be forced to increase school fees or cut staff if school funding changes are implemented.
“These increases in cost of living will hit parents hard at the worst possible time. Only the Coalition is guaranteeing school funding certainty beyond 2013,” Mr Pyne said.
June 6, 2012