Public schools took over the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra to protest the Morrison Government’s $14 billion in public school funding cuts.
Thousands of ‘school cut-outs’ have been planted outside Parliament House as part of the Fair Funding Now! campaign to win fair funding for public schools.
Australian Education Union (AEU) Federal President Correna Haythorpe said the Fair Funding Now! van fleet had spent the last two months travelling the country talking to teachers and parents about what they wanted for their children and their schools.
“We have a very clear message from parents, teachers and voters about their disappointment over the Morrison Government’s decision to cut $14 billion in public school funding over the next decade,” Haythorpe said.
“Mr Morrison’s idea of a fair go is to cut billions from public schools and give billions extra to private schools. After six years of funding cuts we know the Coalition doesn’t support public schools. Mr Morrison’s plan will leave 99 per cent of public schools below the national resource standard. That’s his idea of a fair go.”
“Today we have demonstrated the impact of Scott Morrison’s public school funding cuts with our field of Fair Funding Now! schools. This is a visual representation of every public school in Australia planted on the lawns before Parliament House."
The AEU will also launch a national advertising campaign across television, radio, newspapers, online and social media as well as billboards in the lead up to the federal election.
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