Adam Giles must reject Abbott’s fundamental attack on public education
Media release – for immediate release Monday 22 June, 2015
The Australian Education Union NT has today called on Chief Minister Adam Giles and Education Minister Peter Chandler to reject the proposals in the leaked Abbott Government Green Paper that propose to either abandon public schools or force parents to pay to send their children to them.
Theproposals published in The Sydney Morning Herald today are a repudiation of Gonski principles and a threat to the public education system itself, said AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe.
"Universally available free public education is a foundation stone of our nation and has been since the 19th century," she said. "The most fundamental obligation of all governments is to ensure that all children have access to high quality public schools and Tony Abbott cannot be allowed to get away with walking away from that or charging parents to send their children to public schools. First it was Medicare under attack and now it is public education.
"We need governments working together to ensure all children receive a high quality education. That can only happen through the full implementation of the Gonski funding arrangements.
“Mr Abbott promised to honour the Gonski funding agreements and now every proposal he has put forward would effectively see them abandoned and with it the goal of ensuring that all schools across Australia have the resources to educate every child to a high level,” Ms Haythorpe concluded.
AEU NT Branch President Jarvis Ryan called on the Giles Government to clearly repudiate the proposals in the Green Paper.
“Adam Giles’ government failed to sign up to the Gonski agreement even though the NT would have been the biggest beneficiary per capita. His government has backed Christopher Pyne’s discredited Independent Public Schools model and cut recurrent funding to public schools in this year’s budget. Mr Giles and Mr Chandler have form when it comes to supporting regressive education policy,” said Mr Ryan.
“We call on Mr Giles to come out very clearly and reject the Green Paper proposals and I hope he will take that message loudly to his colleagues in Canberra. The NT is the most disadvantaged and poorly performing educational jurisdiction in Australia and any reduction in funding or attempt to charge parents more will be disastrous.”
For comment phone Jarvis Ryan on 0419 836 576 or Anita Jonsberg on 0408 120 010.
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