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Riverina Greens: Turnbull budget would rob millions of dollars from Riverina public schools

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Lee Rhiannon 17 May 2017
Protecting funding for local public schools was identified as a top priority to maintain local education standards when members of the Riverina Greens local group met Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon on Saturday. 
"Our local public schools collectively would lose millions of dollars if the Turnbull budget plan is not blocked," Kevin Poynter, Riverina Greens spokesperson, has warned.
"Public schools in the Riverina cannot afford to lose any of the agreed funding allocation set out in the Federal-NSW Schools Funding Agreement.
"Our message to all NSW Senators is to vote down the Turnbull government schools funding package that would slash money to all our local public primary and high schools. We must retain the full gonski.
“These are Millions of Dollars of much needed and agreed resources that are being withheld from our schools.
“This budget is a clear indication of what poor priorities the government has. Michael McCormack and his fellow Nationals need to explain why regional communities like the Riverina should miss out on millions of dollars of much needed funding for schools, our children and our future, while they can find a lazy 15 billion dollars for businesses tax cuts.
“We call on Mr McCormack and The Nationals to stand up for our communities, withdraw their support for the reduced funding for schools in the budget, and insist that education and our future be appropriately valued.
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon who visited Wagga Wagga and Narrandera on the weekend said she shared the Greens local group's concerns.
"Public schools in the Riverina and across the state would suffer huge cuts in funding under the Turnbull budget plan.
"The government's funding figures are deceptive. They have been designed to hide the huge cuts to public schools.
"There is a signed Agreement between the federal and NSW governments on schools funding. If the Turnbull government refuses to honour that Agreement they will be cutting public school funding," Senator Rhiannon said.
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