Tony Burke calls on Ron Delezio to clarify his view on school funding

Federal Labor Member for Watson, Tony Burke has called on Liberal candidate for Watson Ron Delezio to clarify his view on school funding in light of his recent visit to All Saints Grammar in Belmore. 

All Saints Grammar have received over 2.5 million dollars from the Federal Labor Government under the Building the Education Revolution scheme for the construction of a multipurpose hall, refurbishments and perimeter fencing. The school was granted additional funds under the Secure Schools program for the installation of an alarm system, video surveillance and intercom facilities and funding under the Solar Schools Grant.

“Having seen what the Federal Labor Government’s investments in schools have achieved, will he now reverse his views where he has stated that money spent on schools was not needed and has been wasted?” Mr Burke said.

“Does he still hold those views?” Mr Delezio, who lives in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, made the comments while visiting the country town of Deniliquin this year.

“He might very well make these comments in Deniliquin, but he shouldn’t think he can hide his views from the people in our part of Sydney” Tony Burke said.

The 2013-14 Budget announced on Tuesday delivers huge investments in our classrooms. When we invest in our schools we invest in the future of Australia. Labor’s National Plan for School Improvement will ensure the children of today have the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future.

The National Plan for School Improvement will deliver a new school funding system to help make sure that every local school has the money it needs to do a great job, and give every student the support they need.

“Make no mistake – our local schools will be the big losers if Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister.” Mr Burke said. “Local families now have a clear choice – more funding for better schools under Labor, or cuts and the destruction of our schools under Tony Abbott.”