CLARENCE Valley children will pay for the Federal Government's failure to reverse savage cuts to education, says ALP candidate for Page, Janelle Saffin.
Ms Saffin, who was the Member for Page from 2007-2013, said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was shirking his duty to public schools by failing to overturn former PM Tony Abbott's cuts to education.
She said it would cost the average Northern Rivers school $3.2 million, or a total of $570 million across the region over the next 10 years.
Ms Saffin said Mr Turnbull's failed attempt to get the states to raise income tax added a strange twist to the situation.
"In another bizarre twist, Mr Turnbull yesterday told the state they must stopping asking the Commonwealth for more money because they rejected his income tax plan," Ms Saffin said.
"In my 20 years in politics I have never heard anything like this from a Prime Minister.
"His idea to walk away from funding health and education, and leave it all to the states is so strange, I thought Barnaby Joyce had taken over as his chief advisor.
"But what is not bizzare is the impact of a cut of $3.2 million on a school budget and the hurt it will cause teachers, students and families."
Ms Saffin said the Prime Minister made it clear at Friday's COAG meeting that he would go ahead with Tony Abbott's 2014 plan to cut $28 billion from education.
Labor has pledged to pour $37 billion extra into schools over the next decade. This includes $5.4 billion in "Gonski" funding for disadvantaged students in 2018 and 2019, and $320 billion in extra funding for students with disabilities.
d 2019, and $320 billion in extra funding for students with disabilities.