‘Democracy sausage’ was voted top new word of 2016. It is a word made famous by mums and dads and P&Cs across Australia who spend every election day sweating over BBQs to raise money for their school.
Whether it’s sausage sizzles, cake stalls, or lamington drives, parents flog themselves fundraising for schools because they know what a difference a bit of extra money makes.
More money means more teachers and more individual attention for every student.
It means better teaching, and additional help with the basics like reading, writing, maths, science, and computer skills too.
That’s why Labor is committed to extra funding for all schools, especially the schools that have a lot of kids that need more support. Labor’s plan for schools would see the schools that need the most help get the most money.
Sadly, despite promising during the 2013 election not to cut education, the Liberals are slashing $30 billion from schools over the next ten years. Every child, in every school, in every state will lose.
The Liberals’ cuts mean that, on average, every single school in Australia will lose $3 million. If you make $1000 at a sausage sizzle, that's about 3000 extra sausage sizzles for each school. That'd be more than five sausage sizzles a week for ten years to make up the $3 million cut. It's exhausting just thinking of it.
Malcolm Turnbull says schools don’t need any more money. That's because he’s cutting $30 billion from schools. Truly, it’s like a con man who’s fleeced you of your lifesavings trying to convince you that you never needed the money anyway.