Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird and Member for Throsby Stephen Jones have today challenged Tony Abbott to come cleanwith Illawarra schools and parents about his plans to cut schools funding.
While visiting the region, Mr Abbott will no doubt fail to guarantee the additional funding that will flow to local schools as a result of the Gillard Government’s historic plan for better schools.
“Under Labor’s plan, every student in every classroom will get the support they need to get the best possible start in life,” Ms Bird said.
“The Gillard Government’s historic investment in better schools means that students, teachers and classrooms will be properlyresourced for the future.
“That means that Illawarra students will be better prepared to secure the high-skilled, high-paid jobs of the future,” Sharon Bird said.
“Under Labor’s plan, schools across NSW including the Illawarra will benefit from the $5 billion deal between the Prime Minister and Premier O’Farrell. That’s an average of over $4,300 per student in additional funding – an historic investment that will benefit local kids.
“It will pay for things like special teachers to help improve reading and writing and better training for teachers.” Ms Bird said.
Stephen Jones said the regions Liberal Candidates also need to own up to local families on whether they will help Tony Abbott cut schools funding to the bone.
“It’s a simple question for the Liberal Candidates to answer – Will they stand up for local students or will they support Tony Abbott’s plan to deliver less money to our schools?” Mr Jones said
“Illawarra schools and families deserve to know what they’re really voting for on September 14.
“If the Liberal Candidates admit they support Tony Abbott on education then it means they don’t think our local kids deserve better schools.
“If the Liberal Candidates for the Illawarra are fair dinkum about standing up for our schools, they needs to call on Tony Abbott to follow Premier Barry O’Farrell’s lead and support Labor’s plan for better schools to give every child in the Illawarra gets the best possible start in life.” Mr Jones said