Every student in every school in Ballarat will benefit from Labor’s Your Child. Our Future plan, the Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, said today.
Ms King said new data released today shows that no matter where a student lives or what school they attend, they will benefit from additional needs-based funding.
For the first time, every community in Australia can now see how much additional funding will flow to local schools under a Shorten Labor Government.
“In Ballarat, I’m proud to say Labor will invest an additional $26 million into local schools,” Ms King said.
“Every student in the Ballarat electorate has different learning needs and every school has different requirements to support them. Gonski will give every school exactly what they need,” she said.
“Our plan will ensure kids from Bacchus March to Ballarat, Hepburn to Haddon are attending well resourced schools with a focus on their individual needs,” she said.
Ms King said Labor’s plan will give principals and educators in Ballarat the support and resources to deliver programs which make a real difference to the learning outcomes of students.
“By committing to the Gonski reforms on-time and in-full, every school and every student in Ballarat will be better off under Labor,” she said.
“Whether your child attends one of the big schools in Ballarat or a small school like Gordon Primary School or Newlyn Primary School, there will be more resources for every child, no matter their location,” Ms King said.
Your Child. Our Future will mean more individualised support and attention for students, better early literacy and numeracy intervention programs, and better professional development for our teachers.
Ms King said in contrast to Labor’s positive plan to fund schools, Malcolm Turnbull is promising cuts of $29 billion to Australia’s classrooms over the next decade – cuts which will negatively impact on the future of our students and the future of our nation.
“Mr Turnbull is making the wrong choices for Australia’s future. He is giving big business a big tax cut at the same time as he cuts funding from every school in the country,” Ms King said.
“Ballarat residents know that you don’t get a stronger education system through cuts. They also know that you can’t have a plan for jobs and growth if you don’t have a plan for education,” she said.
“Properly funding our schools is critical to making sure every young person has the skills they need to get a good job and contribute to our society,” Ms King said.
“Only Labor will put people first by investing in our local schools,” she said.
For more information on Labor’s plan visit www.laborsplanforeducation.com.au
Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Ave, Barton, ACT 2600