Sharon Bird, Federal Member for Cunningham, and Stephen Jones, Federal Member for Throsby, today called on local Liberal MPs to confirm whether they agree with Education Minister Christopher Pyne ripping up funding arrangements with the States and Catholic schools.
“I am deeply disturbed by reports that Christopher Pyne plans to go back to the drawing board on school funding and his comments that the States have a licence to do whatever they want,” Sharon Bird said.
“This is another broken promise from a Government looking to cut funding from our children’s schools.”
“Even Barry O’Farrell thinks Christopher Pyne is acting like he is in Opposition by making inflammatory comments through the media,” Sharon Bird said.
“Local Liberals including the Member for Gilmore, should stand up for the needs-based school funding model that has been so strongly supported and make a commitment that no school in the Illawarra will be worse off as a result of Mr Pyne’s meddling,” Stephen Jones said.
“Prior to the Federal Election the Prime Minister promised he would honour the agreements Labor has entered into and, after our first session back in Parliament, he is already looking to walk away from these school funding agreements and a better future for our children.”
“State MP Gareth Ward has said that he will not support any attempt to change or vary the model as it will put funding at risk, however, our local federal representatives must also stand up for our schools, our teachers, our parents and our children or will they walk away from a better future for our children.”
“We call on Ann Sudmalis and Concetta Fierravanti-Wells to make their position clear on school funding and whether they plan lobby the Prime Minister and the Federal Education Minister to stand up for our children’s future,” Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones concluded.
26 November 2013