9 June 2016

Today Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson is using his Budget Reply speech to announce an $85 million package to provide more support for Canberra’s schools. It will allow for new infrastructure, capital upgrades and maintenance, support for specialised schools and support for children with disabilities in non-government schools.

“The Canberra Liberals have starkly different priorities to the Barr government. While they are committed to light rail and higher rates, we are committed to making sure our children get the most out of Canberra’s schools,” Mr Hanson said today.

“The More support for all schools package totals $85 million over four years including capital and recurrent expenditure. It includes:

  • $60 million to fund new infrastructure, capital upgrades and maintenance.
  • $17.5 million to support children with special needs in our non-government schools. This will help meet the individual learning needs of those children and will go some way to assist in the implementation of the recommendations of the Shaddock Review. This is on top of the investment already allocated to the public system.
  • $7.5 million for our specialised schools including a $1 million grant for each of the four schools for specialised infrastructure.

“This is just part of our education package and we will continue to make further announcements to enhance our education system.

“The reason we can do this is we will not spend $1.65 billion on a tram. Spending $1.65 billion on a tram is also the reason why we do not have to continue the massive rates rises. That’s the choice, rail and higher rates or more support for schools, health and basic services,” Mr Hanson concluded.

Contact: Joe Prevedello 0402768432

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