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Greens commit to fairer students with disability funding

Media Release
Richard Di Natale 22 Apr 2016

The Greens have committed to increase resources for students with disability by $4.8 billion over the next four years, as part of a comprehensive plan for fairer funding for schools.

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said he was proud to lead the only party with a comprehensive plan for students with disability.

“The Australian Greens believe every child has the right to an education and disability should never be a barrier to access,” Senator Di Natale said. “The Abbott-Turnbull Government has failed to provide young children with disability the vital resources they need to enable them to continue education in mainstream schooling.”

“We want to make sure that each and every child, no matter their abilities, gets go to school and participate just like everyone else.”

“Children with disability have the right to follow their dreams just like every other child, and schools need the funding to support them.”

Greens spokesperson for schools Nick McKim said fairer funding for students with disability meant better outcomes for all students.

“Less than half of students with disability in Australian schools are currently being funded,” Senator McKim said.

“Our funding proposal is based on nationally consistent data that will help an additional 277,000 students.” “We want to ensure that every child in every Australian school can reach their full potential.”

The Greens have also committed to making a National Plan for Students with Disability, so that each and every child has their right to an education recognised.

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