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IEU supports ALP position on school funding

The IEU welcomes the commitment of the ALP to fund and meet the obligations and contracts of the current school funding model.

The IEU notes that the design of the Turnbull Government to abandon the “unity ticket” commitment to meeting the funding needs identified in the Gonski review is dishonourable.

The funding shortfall announced by the Turnbull government of $22 billion will impact on the most needy in our school communities.

It is a nonsense to believe that there are currently sufficient resources to meet those identified needs including students with disabilities, indigenous students and students in rural and remote areas.

It is a slur on Australia’s highly competent and professional teachers to suggest that the issue is about ‘quality’ not dollars.

The needs of students are manifest and this government acknowledged those needs prior to its election.

It is pleasing that at least one party, the ALP, is standing up for those commitments and the principles of the original Gonski review.