The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, slammed the State Government for once again cutting education funding, as revealed today by the Productivity Commission.
The Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2018 found that real Tasmanian government recurrent expenditure on government schools, in 2015-16 dollars, was $845.5m in 2013-13, $843.7m in 2013-14, $832.5m in 2014-15 and $811.3m in 2015-16.
“The Tasmanian Liberal Government boasts of record education spending but the Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2018 reveals the truth,” Mr Wilkie said.
“It looked at real State and Territory government recurrent expenditure for government schools and found Tasmania had actually cut its budget for government schools by $21.2m in 2015-16 compared to 2014-15. And the figure has been going down and down.
“So as the Federal Government has been propping up education budgets under the Gonski deal, some states and territories including Tasmania have been ripping funding out and using the federal boost to claim record investment. It’s political trickery at its worst.
“So it’s no surprise the Australian Education Union reports less teachers and bigger classes in Tasmanian state schools. An AEU survey also found teachers and parents dipping into their own pockets to help pay for stationary, classroom supplies, library resources and even maintenance. This just entrenches disadvantage, the opposite of what the Gonski needs-based model was supposed to achieve.
“Australia is a rich country and we afford a world-class education system. It’s way beyond time governments funded one. It’s also way beyond time the State Government stopped misleading the community.”