Back to school is tougher under labor

Thursday, 01 February 2024

Labor’s cost of living crisis is making it harder to send kids to school ready to learn.


Australian families are scrambling to find money for uniforms, stationery, and textbooks this January with the cost of education up 4.8 per cent since Labor was elected.


On average, parents are spending $2,547 per primary school child per year, and $4,793 for each child in secondary school[1]. School supplies, including textbooks, stationery, and uniforms, are estimated to cost $684 per primary student and $1,132 per secondary student.


The cost of education has kept on rising since Labor came to government, at the same time as Australian households are being hit with higher energy bills, higher mortgage repayments, and higher grocery prices.


Before the last election, Anthony Albanese promised that Australians would be better off under a Labor government.


Instead, the cost of almost everything has gone up and Australian households are going backwards because Labor has been focused on the wrong priorities.


Federal Member for Hume and Shadow Treasurer Angus Taylor said that Australian families are struggling to send the kids back to school under the Albanese Labor Government.


“Many families in Hume have already had to make sacrifices like going to the movies or going out to dinner just to make ends meet. Now, we are hearing that parents have even said they may be forced to pull their kids out of extra-curricular activities because of the cost.


“Education is a basic right but under Labor’s cost of living crisis it is getting increasingly unaffordable, and that means that Aussie children are missing out.


“The Albanese Government must come up with a plan to tackle inflation or else Australians will be the ones paying the price for Labor’s bad decisions,” Mr. Taylor said.




[1] Finder, Back to school costs 2024, 10 January 2024.