‘Stop playing games,’ Sinodinos tells teachers

Senator Arthur Sinodinos has responded to statements from Umina and Brisbane Water Secondary College Teachers’ Federation by stating that “the Teachers’ Federation should stop playing games.
“The Turnbull Liberal Government is committed to delivering fully-funded, needs-based funding for all Australian students,” Senator Sinodinos said.
“The Quality Schools package will deliver fairer, simpler and more sustainable funding for local schools.
“The truth is that there are no cuts to school funding.
“The Government’s record investment means schools will be able to continue and expand successful programs such as specialist teachers or targeted interventions for children falling behind.
“In Robertson, Federal Government funding will increase by $311,419,500 between 2018 and 2027.
“There is absolutely no way that this can be portrayed as a reduction in funding.
“The Teachers Federation are playing political games, providing false information to parents and the community about school funding.
“As part of the funding plan outlined Labor and the Teachers Federation are opposing and have voted against an increase of $14.9 million for Brisbane Water Secondary College Woy Woy Campus between 2018-2027 and $5.8 million for Umina Public School between 2018-2027.
“This funding is part of the Turnbull Liberal Government’s Quality Schools package.
“The Teachers Federations’ claims that these figures are somehow inaccurate is wrong.
“This is what is before the Parliament and what Labor have decided to vote against, with the support of the Teachers Federation.”
“Rather than spread lies, the Teachers Federation should address the facts and answer how public school funding growth of 59.7% in Robertson between 2017 to 2027 can be represented as a ‘cut’ in funding.”

Media release, 22 Jun 2017
Nat Openshaw, Office of Senator Arthur Sinodinos