This weekend Australia decides who will lead our country in an election which would seem one of the most crucial in recent decades. Sadly, it would seem that all parties are far from perfect and that there is a distinct lack of leadership in Australia. When people have their gaze fixed on the next 3-4 years only, it is hard to envisage or plan for the decades ahead, as the points for winning seem to be won on the here and now.
As constituents, we need to be concerned not only about here and now, but also the future as this is the world our children will live in.
I have provided some updates on the various educational policies and as you prepare to make your decision, I would like to leave you with a summary of these as provided by Independent Schools Queensland. Clearly educational policy is not the only thing we should be concerned about, but we should at least consider which party will support parental choice and support ALL schools regardless of sector and those that will not. This policy alone has the potential to have a significant impact on many Australian families.
Educational Policy of Major Parties as provided by Independent Schools Queensland.
Additional $37 billion in schools over the next decade (to 2029), with $8 billion of funding going to Independent schools.
The Government is providing $310 billion in schools over the decade, with $80 billion of funding going to Independent schools.
This will increase average funding for schools of 62% per student.
Implement a needs-based sector-blind school funding model consistent with the original Gonski recommendations.
Retain existing Government funding for non-government schools plus an additional $14 billion to government schools over 10 years.
Targeted needs-based investment to overcome disadvantage, including for students from low socio-economic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students with disability, students with limited English, rural and remote area-students.
Will ensure every public school reaches 100% of the SRS by 2023 by investing $20.5 billion over the next ten years, legislating to remove the cap on Commonwealth contributions to public schools and cancelling the “special deal for private schools.”
Increase the Capital Grants Program funding to $400 million a year and expand it to include government schools, guaranteeing 80% of the fund for government schools.
Those policies that increase funding for Independent Schools enable fee rises for parents to be minimised. Sadly, not all parties value independent education nor parental choice.
As you make your vote count this weekend, I urge you to consider the educational policy of the parties involved.