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Lawler to Fight for Territory kids

Minister for Education, Eva Lawler, will today fight for the Territory kids when she attends the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Council in Adelaide.

“Giving every child the best start in life is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do, and the Territory Government will always invest in education and generational change to create a brighter future for all Territorians,” Ms Lawler said.

“We know that the Territory has higher levels of disadvantage and higher costs for service delivery, especially in our remote schools.

“The NT is getting a raw deal from Simon Birmingham’s cookie cutter funding model that will rip $150M from government schools over the next decade.

“I have been, and will continue to, fight for a fair deal for students in our government schools.”

Bullying, NAPLAN and childcare reforms are among the issues on the agenda.

After the recent spotlight on bullying nationally, the Education Minister said it was important for everyone to work together on tackling this complex issue.

She also said the Territory Government was watching the move to NAPLAN online testing very closely but was clear that the NT would not transition until there was assurance that Territory students would not be disadvantaged and their results would not be compromised.

“The Territory Labor Government is investing $1.08 billion in Budget 2018 - we are re-investing in education after the previous CLP Government slashed $135 million from the education budget and sacked teachers and frontline staff.”

Media contact: Kim Stephens 0417 683 144