The Prime Minister must today rule out new taxes to pay for school funding changes after a Labor Senator declared support for another new tax on the Australian people, said Shadow Education Minister Christopher Pyne.
“Senator Doug Cameron has basically confirmed what the Coalition has been saying all along – the Government cannot afford the extra $6.5 billion a year reportedly needed to fund Gonski,” Mr Pyne said.
“Senator Cameron wants another big new tax to raise the funds,” he said.
“While the Prime Minister and Schools Minster, Peter Garrett are criss-crossing the country talking up school funding changes, the truth is they don’t have the $26 billion over four years to pay for it.
“The Gillard Government must rule out more taxes on the Australian people at this time of incredible cost of living pressure, due largely to the carbon tax.
“Given Senator Cameron’s admission today there is no additional funding available, Mr Garrett must extend the current funding arrangements for schools that finishes at the end of 2013.
“Without an extension, schools, parents and teachers will be left without funding certainty beyond 2013,” Mr Pyne said.
August 3, 2012