The State Opposition proposed to starve Government schools of funds in order to massively increase Government grants to elite private schools, Education Minister Kay Hallahan revealed today.
Mrs Hallahan told a conference of secondary Deputy Principals that the WA Liberals had promised Government funding increases of up to 59 per cent - or $5 million - to the wealthiest private schools.
This was at the same time as the Federal Fightback package proposed cuts of at least five per cent in Commonwealth grants to the States which would further reduce Government and Catholic school finances.
Mrs Hallahan said the elite private schools accounted for only four per cent of the State's student population.
"Rather than distribute funding on a needs basis to Government and non-Government schools, the Liberals propose to entrench inequities," she said.
"Government and Catholic schools could not deliver the same high standard of education to hundreds of thousands of young Western Australians with the savage cuts that would be necessary to fund Liberal promises to wealthy private schools.
"The Labor Government will continue to provide assistance to Government and non-Government schools on the basis of need, but will not throw money at schools which are already financially privileged."
Mrs Hallahan challenged the Opposition to rule out increases in Government funding for wealthy private schools.