27 November 2014
of the Legislative Council
Primary and High Schools Education Concerns
FINCH Question to the LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE
COUNCIL, Dr GOODWIN
Can the Government give an assurance that the Exeter Primary and high
schools in my electorate will not be reduced or amalgamated?
Is the Government aware that its cuts to education are threatening
such beneficial programs as the Esk Band Program and that northern
parents are increasingly concerned about what is happening to
President, I thank the honourable member for Rosevears for his
This Government's policy on school closures and amalgamations is very
clear. Unlike the previous the government, we will not force schools
to close or amalgamate. Closures or amalgamations must be driven by
the school community, not the Government.
This Government has injected record spending of $1.4 billion into
education and training in this state in this year's Budget. This
means every Tasmanian school has a minimum of a 5 per cent increase
in the Fairer Funding component of their resource package funding.
There is more money going into staffing our schools than there ever
has been before, including additional funding allocated as a result
of backline savings.
honourable members know, the pay pause legislation was an integral
part of the Budget and necessary to save many of the 1 000 job cuts
embedded in the Budget by the previous government. As the pay pause
legislation was not supported by the Council, the Government was left
with the only other way to meet the salary appropriation, which was
to reduce the public sector by an additional 500 jobs. The Government
agrees that it is unfortunate that school communities are in this
situation, but it is important to note that not one teaching position
would have been lost if the pay pause had been supported.