Labor seeking to block funding boost for Tasmanian students

The reckless call from Tasmanian Labor MP’s for the State Government to block billions of dollars that would flow directly to Tasmanian schools is a sad reflection of modern Labor according to Liberal Senator Eric Abetz.

The Federal Liberal Government has announced a new funding agreement, as recommended by the National School Resourcing Board, which will see an additional $4.5 billion to support students, parents and teachers of non-government schools. This is on top of the record increase that the Government has already delivered for Tasmanian schools – a 37% increase since Labor was last in office.

“Under the Federal and State Liberal Governments, schools in Tasmania are getting more funding and support than ever before yet Labor wants to recklessly stand in the way of Tasmanian students getting even more support,” Senator Abetz said.

“It’s quite telling when Labor would rather play politics than back an additional investment in local schools.”

“For students, the Government’s schools policy will mean the opportunity for them to get the best results from school. For parents, it will mean that choice remains affordable. For teachers, it will mean certainty of funding so that they can get on with the job.”

“The new Choice and Affordability Fund will provide a flexible means of assisting families and students in regional and rural areas, something that will be of particular benefit to Tasmania.”

“It’s time for Labor to stop seeking to block this vital investment in Tasmanian schools,” Senator Abetz concluded.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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