Your Child, Our Future: ALP Releases Education Policy

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Education Minister Kate Ellis have released the ALP’s education policy for this year’s election.

The policy is called Your Child, Our Future. It commits a Shorten government to reversing the Abbott/Turnbull government’s cuts and to deliver the six-year Gonski reforms on-time and in-full.

The ALP says it is committed “to fund a permanent and ongoing shift to needs-based funding” and “has provisioned $37.3 billion for the package over the decade from 2015-16 to 2025-26”. This includes the commitment to fund years five and six of Gonski, which the Parliamentary Budget Office has costed at $4.5 billion.

The policy says: “This funding will be offset, over the forward estimates and the medium term, by existing improvements to the Budget proposed by Labor including making multinational companies pay their fair share of tax reforms to the taxation of multinational entities, reducing superannuation tax concessions for millionaires, increasing the changes to tobacco excise, ceasing the Emissions Reducation Fund, and not proceeeding with the Liberals’ new Baby Bonus.”

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Pyne Abandons Gonski School Funding Agreements; New Arrangements After 2014

The Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, has confirmed that the government will honour school funding commitments of the previous government for 2014 but will implement a new funding model after that.


Pyne was quizzed about the government’s abandonment of its commitment to the previous Labor government’s school funding agreements at a press conference today. [Read more…]

Abbott Promises No Change To GST, No Cuts To Education, Health, Pensions, ABC Or SBS

On the eve of the federal election, Tony Abbott promised there would be no cuts to key services if the Coalition was elected.

Abbott was interviewed on the SBS News at 6.30pm on Friday, September 6, 2013.

He promised: “No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST, and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.”

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Julia Gillard And Bob Hawke Speak At Woodford Folk Festival

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has appeared at the Woodford Folk Festival with her Labor predecessor Bob Hawke.

Gillard told the gathering that the “big decisions” made by her government “would have been effectively the same” even if the government had not operated in a minority.

She said that she wanted to launch the National Disability Insurance Scheme on July 1st and deliver “further education reforms” before “we get around to winning that election”. [Read more…]

Rudd And Gillard Promote National Education Curriculum

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his deputy, Julia Gillard, have promoted the proposed national curriculum for schools during a visit to a Canberra school.

Speaking at Amaroo School, Rudd said the national curriculum was “a key pre-election commitment”. Australia would have a national curriculum for the first time in 2011. “This is in English, it’s in maths, it’s in science, it’s in history, and what we’re on about is making sure the absolute basics of knowledge, the absolute basics of education, are taught right across the country.”

As Education minister, Gillard said: “Curriculum has often been a mystery, a mystery for parents, for employers, they didn’t know what was being taught in Australian classrooms. We’re taking a very different approach. It’s there on the web for all to see and for all to comment upon.” [Read more…]

Rudd Calls For An “Education Revolution”

Education policy is also about nation building, according to the Leader of the Opposition, Kevin Rudd.

Speaking in Melbourne, Rudd announced Labor’s directions in education by arguing that “education is the pathway to prosperity”. Rudd said: “OECD research shows that if the average education level of the working-age population was increased by one year, the growth rate of the economy would be up to 1 per cent higher. Another recent study found that countries able to achieve literacy scores 1 per cent higher than the international average will increase their living standards by a factor of 1.5 per cent of GDP per capita. So whether it is through focusing on literacy levels, or increasing the average number of years spent in education, the evidence invariably shows that more educated economies are wealthier economies.”

Rudd and the Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Stephen Smith, released a 30-page document titled “The Australian Economy Needs An Education Revolution”.

This is the transcript of Kevin Rudd’s Address to the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Labor is a party of reform. Labor is a party of economic reform. Labor is a party of social reform. Labor is also a party that has reformed Australia’s view of our place in the international order. [Read more…]

ALP Television Advertisements: 2004 Federal Election

The television advertisements shown on this page were produced by the Australian Labor Party for the 2004 Federal Election.

The ALP lost the election. Prime Minister John Howard led the coalition to a fourth term in office.

  • Sep 28, 2004: ABC freetime: Mark Latham (3m)
  • Sep 28, 2004: ABC freetime: Peter Garrett (2m)
  • Leave a Message in Richmond (31s)