• Labor promises to allocate billions of dollars in education funding. (AAP)Source: AAP
Will Indigenous students really be better off under a Labor government? The Point follows the education money trail.
Myles Morgan

The Point
10 May 2016 - 2:34 PM  UPDATED 10 May 2016 - 2:36 PM

What you need to know:

  • Labor has released a funding breakdown of where it will spend $4 billion on schools
  • NT set to get $100m
  • Coalition dismisses figures as wish list

The Northern Territory, Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands will share $150 million in education funding if Labor wins the next election.

The Labor Party has revealed a full list of where it will allocate billions of dollars in education funding if it wins government.

It shows electorates with high numbers of Indigenous voters will see funding injections.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten released the figures on Tuesday morning in North Queensland, as he and the Prime Minister continued on the campaign trail.

Earlier this month, the Coalition promised it would spend an additional $1.2 billion on schools between 2018 and 2020.

It dismissed Labor’s funding promise and said it would achieve no results.

Where the money goes

The Northern Territory electorates of Solomon and Lingiari have been promised $100 million in additional Labor funding between 2018 and 2020.

Australia’s biggest electorate, Durack in Western Australia, would receive $64 million. Durack records just under 30,000 Indigenous voters according to the Australian Electoral Commission.

The seat of Leichhardt, which stretches from Cairns to the Torres Strait Islands, would see $50 million in Labor funding. 


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