Students suffer under Liberal education cuts

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic today demanded that the NSW Liberal Government reverse their decision to cut funding from local schools.

“Parents, teachers and students in Chifley have every reason to be worried about cuts to education,” Mr Husic said.

“In the lead up to the 2011 NSW Election neither Londonderry MP Bart Bassett or Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly warned residents that they would introduce the biggest cut to education in 20 years.

"My big concern is that the NSW Government is cutting funds from critical community investments to pay for the rollout of the multi-billion dollar North West Rail Link. I’m a supporter of improving Western Sydney transport – but school kids shouldn’t be forced to foot the bill.”

In response to a question from Mr Husic, Education Minister Peter Garrett told Parliament yesterday that unlike the Liberal Party, Labor has invested in schools and, if there is agreement to our National Plan for School Improvement, more investment should flow to schools not less.

“We’ve almost doubled the investment in schools compared to the Howard Government,” Mr Garrett said.

“But NSW is now seeing cuts that will push up fees for parents in NSW non-government schools, cuts that will reduce support for NSW public schools and cuts that will slash jobs for TAFE teachers and increase fees for students.”

Since 2007, under the Federal Government’s watch:

• Schools in Chifley have benefited from $137 million for 163 projects in 66 schools;
• $14.7 million has been invested in three trade training centres that will be open to seven local schools;
• 8672 computers have been installed under the National Secondary School Computer Fund; and,
• Recently 15,150 families have benefited from the SchoolKids Bonus.

Mr Husic has used Parliament three times yesterday to voice community outrage over Mr O’Farrell’s savage cuts to local schools.

“I’m also concerned that parents aren’t being given the full picture of what’s planned for schools in the future.

“The Federal Liberal Opposition has said they will cut $70bn in government spending, do not support our school reforms and have argued for larger class sizes.

“Local residents are right to demand to know what is being planned for local schools ahead of the next Federal Election.”

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