MEDIA RELEASE: Greens to Push for Cuts to Non-Government Schools

Yesterday the Australian Greens proved again just how out of touch they are from everyday Australians.

Australian Greens spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi labelled federal funding for non-government schools as ‘unfair’ and ‘obscene’, declaring “almost all private schools are over-funded.”

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, said the disgraceful aspersions by Greens Senator Faruqi fly in the face of hard-working Canberra families who make sacrifices to do what they think is best for their child.

“It is simply shameful for anyone to disparage parents who sacrifice and save in order to send their children to non-government schools,” Senator Seselja said.

“The Greens continue to characterise these parents as elite, when most are hard-working families who make sacrifices to do what they think is best for their child.”

“These families deserve support, yet the Greens education policy platform going into this election is to slash support for Canberra families.”

“Senator Faruqi yesterday reminded us all of the contempt the Greens hold for non-government education.”

“Their policy platform includes pushing for yearly public funding to non-government schools to be scaled down and looks to slash the successful Capital Grants Program for non-government schools, which supports school communities improve infrastructure if they do not have enough capital resources to do so.”

“Should we see a Labor-Greens Government after the next election, there’s no doubt Canberra families will be worse off.”



Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja 
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory