The Member for Whitlam, Stephen Jones, and member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird have said Liberal cuts are hurting our local schools.

“At this time of year, as school goes back, many parents are thinking about their kids’ education, and what the future holds,” Mr Jones said.

“Under Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals, the future for Illawarra and Southern Highland  schools looks grim.

“Nationwide, the Liberals are cutting $30 billion from schools – thatʼs like sacking one in seven teachers.

“Across the Illawarra and Southern Highlands, our schools will lose more than $59 million in the next few years alone,

“These cuts will hurt our local schools.

“Theyʼll mean fewer teachers, less one-on-one attention, and students left behind.

“Theyʼll mean students getting less help with the basics like reading, writing, maths, science, and computer skills.

“Illawarra and Southern Highland schools do terrific work,” said Ms Bird.

“For example, Woonona High School implemented a program which combined extra training for teachers, parent workshops, HSC study centre in the library three afternoons per week, teacher mentors and extra tutorials which have lifted the rate of students who went on to study at university from 15 per cent in 2012 to 59 per cent in 2015.

“The Liberals’ cuts to schools may mean programs getting results like this are set for the chopping block across all our schools.

“Our community spends so much time fundraising for our schools because we know what a difference money makes.

“Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals are cutting funding from schools because they think you should only get a good education if you can afford to pay.

“The Liberals can’t find money for schools, but they can find money for a big business tax cut.

“The Liberals have chosen to spend money on handouts for big business and the banks, rather than schools.

“You canʼt trust the Liberals on education.

“Labor believes getting a good education is the ticket to a lifetime of opportunity.

“Labor believes education is critical to ensure Australia has a strong economy with secure jobs.”