​Tell Premiers to stand up for Gonski


18 November 2016

Gonski needs-based funding is delivering great results in our schools, but its future is at risk from Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts.

Our state and territory leaders need to stand up for needs-based funding and tell Turnbull that cuts to Gonski are not acceptable. If we lose Gonski, our schools will miss out on $3.8 billion in extra resources in 2018 and 2019 alone.

The next COAG meeting between Prime Minister Turnbull and state and territory leaders will be held on December 9th – and school funding will be on the agenda.

The AEU’s “I Give a Gonski” campaign is stepping up its lobbying of state and territory leaders, and calling on Gonski supporters to speak up for needs-based funding in the lead up to COAG.

AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said it was vital the states and territories to cut Gonski and Education Minister Simon Birmingham’s threats to redistribute funding between states.

“Pitting one state against another will do nothing to lift results in schools – what is needed is to lift our overall investment in schools and target the extra funds to addressing disadvantage.

If you want to help speak up for Gonski then you can join other supporters in phoning your Premier or Chief Minister on Wednesday, November 23rd, to tell them how important properly funding our schools is for you.

It’s easy to register to call and you don’t have to be a school funding expert to make a difference – you just need to tell your story.

Click here to register – we’ll send you details of how to call and some ideas about what to say before the 23rd.

Ms Haythorpe said public pressure would be vital to reminding politicians of the importance of needs-based funding for schools.

“The majority of states have said they oppose any cuts to schools funding, and they need to keep standing firm against plans to end needs-based funding,” Ms Haythorpe said.

Under the Federal Government’s proposed funding system, 62 per cent of the extra federal funding would go to private schools, regardless of their need.

Its plans to redistribute funding between states would not add a single extra teacher or support program, they would simply shift funding from one underfunded public system to another.

This means that disadvantaged public schools would be hit the hardest and would be unable to build on the success they are already achieving. Students will miss out on the smaller classes, one-to-one support and extra literacy and numeracy programs they need.

AEU polling during the election campaign found that 63% of Australians preferred investing in Gonski to the company tax cuts that Malcolm Turnbull was offering.

A poll conducted by The Australia Institute immediately after the election found that 64% of voters wanted the Senate to block any cuts to Gonski

Keeping Gonski is vital if we want to make sure every child that needs help at school can get it.

But it’s only going to happen if our supporters stand up and let politicians know they need to deliver the resources our schools need.