Region schools ‘to lose $150m’ - Australian Education Union
THE Australian Education Union has accused the Prime Minister of broken promises, claiming Tony Abbott said all bets for extra funding for Capricornia schools were now "off the table".
AEU federal president Angelo Gavrielatos claimed more than $146.9 million in extra funding for Capricornia schools, over the next six years, was on the table in the lead-up to the election.
But Mr Gavrielatos slammed Premier Campbell Newman for knocking that offer back.
"Tony Abbott promised that every school could expect, dollar for dollar, the same funding over four years whether Labor or the Coalition won the election," Mr Gavrielatos said.
"On that basis, we thought schools like Rockhampton State High School, Mount Archer State School and Byfield State School could rely on a steady stream of extra funding over for at least the next four years.
"But now the Prime Minister has said all bets for extra funding for local schools in the Capricornia electorate, from 2015, were off."
It was confirmed yesterday Queensland Premier Campbell Newman did not sign up to Gonski before the Federal Election.
The Prime Minister has committed $131 million in extra funding for Queensland schools for 2014.
However it was unclear whether any money would flow after that. State Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said he had secured $880 million from Commonwealth but that now appeared to be nothing more than "hot air", Mr Gavrielatos told The Morning Bulletin.
"Most states and territories signed up to Gonski, but in Queensland we're being punished twice," he said.
"Firstly for Premier Newman's refusal to sign up to Gonski before the election, and again by the dramatic cut to the extra funding the Abbott government now says it will deliver for Capricornia's public schools.
"Extra Gonski funding would allow us to provide more support to the kids who need it most.
"But instead, we find that the Prime Minister has saddled us all up for another year of uncertainty on how our schools are to be funded."
At a press conference, Education Minister Christopher Pyne said the Coalition government had not broken any pre-election promises.