Member for Shortland, Pat Conroy, says a Labor federal government would deliver millions in extra funding for local public schools

BIG WINNER: A Labor website shows that Morisset High School could expect an extra $1 million in funding over three years under a Labor federal government. Picture: David Stewart
BIG WINNER: A Labor website shows that Morisset High School could expect an extra $1 million in funding over three years under a Labor federal government. Picture: David Stewart

Member for Shortland Pat Conroy said public schools in the electorate would be $21,110,000 better off under a Labor federal government.

“Parents and teachers will be able to find out how much extra funding their local public school will get and what a difference this will make for their kids,” Mr Conroy said.

A new website – fairgoforschools.com.au – gives each school an estimate of the extra funding it could expect in the first three years of Labor’s plan, he said.

The website reveals Northlakes High School could expect an extra $1.24m, and Gwandalan Public School an extra $380,000.

The funding increases for schools in the neighbouring electorates are even larger, the website shows.

In the Hunter electorate, Morisset High is slated to receive an extra $1m, and Toronto High an extra $1.24m.

In the Dobell electorate, Gorokan High could expect at extra $1.3m funding, the website shows.

SCHOOL VISIT: Labor Deputy Tanya Pilbersek and Shortland MP Pat Conroy visit a year 10 STEM class in Gateshead earlier this year. Picture: Marina Neil

SCHOOL VISIT: Labor Deputy Tanya Pilbersek and Shortland MP Pat Conroy visit a year 10 STEM class in Gateshead earlier this year. Picture: Marina Neil

Mr Conroy said the extra funding could mean more one-on-one attention for students, or an extra teacher or teacher aide.  

“This funding will give schools the resources they need to help students master the basics such as reading, writing, maths, and science, and offer a broader range of subjects including languages, coding, the arts, and vocational education,” he said.

“Our extra investment will transform public schools across Shortland and give all children the opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter where they live, or how much their parents earn.”

Mr Conroy’s criticised the Coalition government’s record on school funding.

“Over the last five years all the Liberals have done is attack public schools and slash their funding,” he said. 

Labor could pay for better public schools because it would “close tax loopholes for the top end of town” and make multinational companies “pay their fair share”. 

Labor would provide “an extra $14 billion for public schools to deliver the biggest school investment in Australian history”, Mr Conroy said.

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