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Bill Shorten's Pledge: 'Labor Has Chosen Education'

The opposition leader talked up his education credentials to party faithful in Brisbane.

14/05/2016 10:57 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:52 PM AEST
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Opposition leader Bill Shorten has ramped up his pledge to fix Australia's education system, promising to fund "great schools over a tax break for multinationals".

Addressing party faithful in Brisbane, Shorten said the election would be fought on the issue of education, declaring that, on July 2, Australians would be voting on the future of schools.

He said his message was simple.

"Choose Labor, because Labor has chosen education," Shorten said.

"Over the next 10 years, a Labor government will invest $37 billion to guarantee that every school in every postcode receives fair funding on the basis of need.

"We will deliver on the Gonski promises, and go beyond it."

He said Labor's policy was "not the trickle-down economics of Mr Turnbull's $50 billion tax cut for multinationals".

"Australians know that the only people who can say that money doesn't matter are those for whom money has never been a problem," he said.

The opposition leader also announced a $65 million funding boost to front line family violence organisations if Labor wins government.

"Labor is committed to putting an end to the scourge of family violence in our community," he said.

"It will be one of the most important priorities of a Shorten Labor government."

At one point in the speech Shorten was reportedly heckled by a refugee advocate.

The address comes after Shorten went head to head with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a debate in western Sydney on Friday night.

According to SkyNews, Shorten was the debate winner, 42 votes to 29 with 29 undecided.

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