Schools sweat on election funding promises as Victorian debt rises

This article was published in the Australian Financial Review by Gus McCubbing on the 8th May 2024.

Hampton Primary, in Melbourne’s south-east, is one of 29 schools that hasn’t received any funding for upgrades promised as part of an $850 million package by then-premier Daniel Andrews in October 2022, a month before he led Labor to a third straight election victory.

But federal independent MP Zoe Daniel, whose electorate of Goldstein takes in three of the 29 schools yet to receive any funding, including Hampton Primary, McKinnon Primary and Gardenvale Primary, lashed the state government for “parking” its promise.

“Victorian government school funding is in dire straits. Gardenvale Primary has windows falling out and a roof that needs fixing,” Ms Daniel told the Financial Review.

“The condition of many of these public schools is an absolute disgrace. And saying the money will come in the next two years, who’s to trust that given the state of the books?

“The state government needs to take a good look at the way it funds schools, not leave them until they’re all but falling down to maintain them, and base funding on need rather than which seats it’s sandbagging at any given moment.”


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