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Labor’s Education Policy Insufficient and Disingenuous

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens’ Education spokesperson

Labor’s education plan is insufficient, lazy policy that’s extremely disingenuous. They have let down educators, the AEU, but most of all – Tasmanian children.

Labor have put forward a lukewarm education plan, that fails to address the additional need for teachers and support staff within our schools. It barely puts back what the Liberals have cut from the education system.

Hodgman Must Abandon Cheap Tactics

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens’ Education spokesperson

On Sunday, Premier Will Hodgman claimed the recent Australian Education Union report highlighting that there are less base grade teachers now than before this government was elected was “Fake News”.

The Premier, and the Minister for Education have continued to mislead with the claim teacher numbers have increased.

Rockliff Fails to Explain $188K Payment to TasTAFE CEO

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Education spokesperson

The TasTAFE Annual Report was belatedly released today, outside the statutory time frame and at the end of the sitting week, revealing TasTAFE's former CEO received a $188 000 separation payment despite being the subject of a damning Integrity Commission investigation initiated by the Greens.

Education Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, today clung to Mr Conway’s contract but refused to table it and could not coherently explain the $188,000 payment.

Liberals Shoot the Messenger on Education Shortfall

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Education spokesperson

The revelation of the $51 million shortfall in State education funding is evidence of the Liberals’ irresponsible approach to Tasmania’s young people.

Independent analyst, Martyn Goddard, found state-educated students in Tasmania were being short-changed every year by an average of $908 each. GST funds specifically earmarked for education have been diverted away from our schools, away from educating our children and young people.

Lower School Starting Age Funding Must be Invested in Early Education

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Education spokesperson

After more than 12 months of community outrage, the Liberals’ decision to remove their lower school starting age from Education Act changes is welcome. Many Tasmanian parents will breathe a sigh of relief when they hear the proposal has been scrapped.

The Liberals’ decision, unveiled on social media last night, will also bring much relief to the early childhood education and childcare sector, whose viability was threatened by the lower school starting age.

TasTAFE Investigation Highlights Need for Crime of Misconduct in Public Office

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Education spokesperson

The investigation into TasTAFE has highlighted the need for there to be a crime of misconduct in public office on the Tasmanian statutes. This was one of the key recommendations of former Chief Commissioner of the Integrity Commission, Murray Kellam QC.

Without going to the specifics of the TasTafe investigation, including the crime of misconduct in public office in the Criminal Code would bring Tasmania in line with other States.

State Budget Response

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Hodgman Liberals have delivered an unsurprising pre-election Budget.

Having slashed funding to essential services in their first Budget, now the Liberals are trying to repair some of the damage caused in health and education particularly.

The cost of living measures are tinkering that will provide temporary election-year power price relief to Tasmanian households and the promise of cheaper water and sewerage bills through legislation we have yet to see or pass.


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