04 December, 2013
Today, Federal Member for Dickson and Minister for Health & Minister for Sport, Peter Dutton announced that all schools throughout Dickson will have the funding certainty they need as a result of the Coalition Government investing an additional $2.8 billion over the next four years.
Queensland school children will gain almost $800 million under the Government’s plan.
“The Government’s plan is the best plan for Dickson,” said Mr Dutton.
“Labor left school funding in a mess,” he added.
The previous government’s funding model was not national and it was not fair. In his last act as Education Minister, Bill Shorten ripped $1.2 billion from schools in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia.
“In doing the wrong thing by Queensland, Mr Shorten did the wrong thing by the school children of Dickson,” Mr Dutton said.
The Coalition Government is providing every school with the funding certainty they need. We are delivering on our election commitments and delivering more funding than Labor committed.
We will put back the $1.2 billion in additional funding over the next four years that Labor took away and we will cut red tape and stop Canberra interference in schools.
Mr Dutton said the Government will also honour funding promised to non-government representative bodies for four years, including $55 million to Catholic Education Commissions and $110 million to the Association of Independent Schools.
“This is great news for parents and students in Dickson who were at danger of being short changed by Labor’s funding mess,” Mr Dutton said.
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