Tuesday, 9 April 2019
Thursday, 4 April 2019
"If you vote Labor, we will guarantee universal access to preschool or kinder for every 3 and 4 year old in Australia - 15 hours a week, 40 weeks a year, 2 years of preschool is global best practice and it's only just good enough for our kids." -
"Investing in the future always begins with education...Labor is backing public TAFE all the way" - 100k TAFE places w no up-front fees; 150k new apprenticeships.
“Labor’s commitments to put public education first is welcome news to teachers and parents ... after six years of a Coalition government whose main priority has to been private schools and for cuts to state schools’
This week's federal budget, not surprisingly, has been a great disappointment. While many will focus on the tax cuts and pork barrels being desperately rolled out in advance of a federal election, there's no avoiding the black hole at the centre of Scott Morrison's first budget as Prime Minister. Where is the missing $14 billion owed to public schools? Where is the fair funding?
This is a Santa Claus budget, frantically throwing presents at the electorate in the hope that voters will believe the Morrison government is going to do something, when their track record is one of cuts to schools, preschools and TAFE. But this smoke and mirrors approach won’t distract from the fact that public education is a key issue for Australians. And this budget makes clear Morrison's contempt for public education.
By every measure, this budget fails Australian public education:
- no restoration of the $14 billion in public school funding cuts.
- no capital works funding for public schools.
- no guarantee of ongoing permanent funding for 15 hours of preschool for four-year-old children and no funding for three-year-olds.
- no reversal of the $3 billion they have cut from vocational education and TAFE since elected. There is not a single mention of TAFE in the Budget papers.
Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Tuesday, 2 April 2019
QUEENSLAND’S top private school principals are being paid more than the state’s Premier, newly released annual reports have revealed.
The financial reports of eight Queensland private schools have been tabled in State Parliament, revealing the annual incomes of school leaders – half of which were more than $500,000 – with the schools pulling in tens of millions of dollars in school fees.
Toowoomba Grammar School Headmaster Peter Hauser had a total remuneration package of $537,000 in 2018 including a base salary of $462,000, surpassing Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s last reported salary of $399,955 and just slightly behind Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s salary of approximately $538,000.