Opposition claims CQ $433m worse off from education cuts
REGIONAL and remote schools will bear the brunt of the Turnbull Government's education cuts, with new data revealing that classrooms outside metro areas will be disproportionately affected.
In Central Queensland alone, schools will be more than $433 million worse off over the next 10 years - cuts that will impact every student in every school in the region.
With around 40 per cent of additional funding to have flowed to regional and remote classrooms under Labor's funding reforms, these cuts will lock regional and country schools into inequity.
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition Terri Butler MP said that with students in regional and rural Australia falling behind their city peers, Central Queensland couldn't afford any more neglect at the hands of this Government.
"The Liberals promised no cuts to education before the election, but then ripped $30 billion from Australia's schools, and this will hit regional and rural Australia hardest.
"There are particular challenges which regional and rural schools face, but the Government has no idea and isn't giving Central Queensland students a fair go and a chance to catch up.
"If we want local students to get a great education and have jobs in the future we need to close the gap between country and city schools," Ms Butler said.
"Michelle Landry MP has done absolutely nothing to stand up for local students. If they were serious about regional and remote education, they would grow a backbone and stand up to their colleagues about their school cuts, which will rip more than $433 million out of the region's classrooms.
"Labor is committed to making sure funding gets to the students who need it - and making sure regional schools and students receive their fair share.
"Students in regional and rural Australia deserve the same opportunities as students in our big cities - the Liberal Government needs to reverse their savage cuts which will rip more than $433 million out of Central Queensland schools."
The Bulletin is seeking a response from Capricornia MP Michelle Landry.