Media Release

30 October 2018

Smith-Southwick: Liberal Nationals deliver largest ever funding boost to Victoria’s Jewish schools

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Liberal Nationals deliver largest ever funding boost to Victoria’s Jewish schools 

The Liberal Nationals support a strong public and private education system because we believe in giving parent’s choice and children the best opportunities.

With Melbourne’s current population squeeze limiting parental choices it’s never been more important to support all three sectors of our school system.

Giving parents and children choice in education is a core value of the Liberal Nationals.

A critically important part of that choice is for parents to have the option of non-government and faith based schools.

That is why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will work in partnership with the Jewish community to deliver a $5.25 million fund for security and maintenance upgrades for 12 Jewish schools across Melbourne.

Over a number of years, many of Melbourne’s Jewish schools have been forced to reprioritise much needed maintenance funding towards security upgrades due to the heightened threat of anti-Semitic attacks and violence.

This policy also sends a clear message to the Jewish community of the importance the Liberal Nationals place on a harmonious multi-faith and multi-cultural society.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“We want to work with non-government schools to give all Victorian families choice in education.

I am delighted to announce this $5 million investment for Jewish schools as part of our $400 million commitment to non-government schools.

The Liberal Nationals support faith based schools as a very important aspect of our education system.

I was very proud today to announce this package in support of Jewish schools.”

Comments attributable to Member for Caulfield, David Southwick:

“Only a Matthew Guy led Liberal Nationals Government will deliver Victoria’s largest ever Jewish school capital funding package.

Jewish schools shouldn’t be forced to cut back on essential maintenance upgrades just to keep students and staff safe at school. With incidents of anti-Semitic attacks on the rise, this funding will go a long way to keeping Melbourne’s Jewish schools safe and help provide the facilities they deserve.”