Posted on 06. May, 2013 in News
Figures produced by the State Opposition today reveal the Napthine Government has directed the bulk of school maintenance funding to schools in Liberal and National party electorates, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Colin Brooks, said today.
Mr Brooks said that the Napthine Government announcement of $51.5 million on 22 April 2013 for school maintenance revealed the government had blatantly skewed funding towards its own electorates.
“The Napthine Government seems more interested in fixing votes in its marginal seats than fixing needy schools,” Mr Brooks said.
“Despite half of Victoria’s population living in non-held government electorates, the Napthine Government has funnelled more than 72 per cent of the funding allocated into its own electorates.”
An analysis of the schools allocated funding shows that of the $51.5 million figure announced:
• $30.9 million (or 65 per cent) goes to schools in Liberal National Party seats,
• $11.7 million (or 35 per cent) goes to schools in non-government held seats,
• $8.8 million (or 17 per cent) appears to be unallocated.
Mr Brooks said the Opposition would write to the Victorian Auditor General seeking an investigation into the irregularities in this matter and call for the government to disclose where the $8.8 million in unallocated funds would be spent.
“When Labor was in government between 2007 and 2010 an average of $469 million a year was spent on capital works on schools across the state,” Mr Brooks said.
““Despite half of Victoria’s population living in Labor electorates, the Napthine Government has pork barrelled more than 72 per cent of the funding allocated into its own electorates.
“Also of great concern is the fact that the Napthine Government has failed to account for $8.8 million.
“Denis Napthine should be fixing schools that need fixing, not because they happen to be located in a Liberal or National party electorate.
“The clear message from this government to half the parents in Victoria is that their kids don’t matter.”