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COVID-19 Schools Announcement Welcome

Media Release - The Greens welcome the Premier’s advice that parents should keep their children at home from school from Monday if they can.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Mar 2020

COVID-19 School Closures

Parliamentary Activity - Medical evidence and the experience of other countries in the grip of COVID-19 tells us every day we delay effective social distancing is a day too long.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Mar 2020

COVID-19 School Closures

Parliamentary Activity - How can it be that sending a child to school with hundreds of other children is not a risk but letting a child out to play with one or two other children is?

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 Mar 2020

Mixed Message on Schools Creating Confusion

Media Release - The disconnect and mixed messages from government imposing strict physical distancing measures and not closing schools is creating confusion within the community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Request for School Closures

Parliamentary Activity - ANMF Tasmania has added its voice to the growing number of teachers, parents and medical professionals calling for our schools to be closed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - School Closures

Parliamentary Activity - Today you have declared a state of emergency, a clear acknowledgment of the great danger COVID-19 poses to our island community. On behalf of every vulnerable Tasmania I say thank you.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Mar 2020

Government Must Close Schools to Limit COVID-19 Spread

Media Release - Today’s declaration of a state of emergency and implementation of tighter border restrictions were welcome moves by the Premier. To further mitigate risk, he should also now move to close Tasmanian schools.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Mar 2020

Adjournment - COVID-19 Concerns in Educational Facilities

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Speaker, I rise to make a contribution on the adjournment in relation to the pandemic and one aspect of the response and to update the House that a short time ago I read in the Sydney Morning Herald that Sydney has reported 50 new...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Mar 2020

AEU Executive Decision on Pay Offer

Media Release - The Greens welcome the progress between the AEU Executive and the government on wages policy.  These negotiations have been drawn out, and largely not conducted in good faith by the Hodgman Government.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 May 2019

Liberals Shoot the Messenger on Education Shortfall

Media Release - Independent analyst, Martyn Goddard, found state-educated students in Tasmania were being short-changed every year by an average of $908 each.

Andrea Dawkins - 27 Oct 2017

Early Years Education - Allocation of Funds

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins questions the Minister for Education over the allocation of early years education funding.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Aug 2017

Disability Education Snapshot Shows Liberals' Continued Failure

Media Release - Today’s snapshot from The Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby continues to paint a picture of chronically underfunded class rooms.

Andrea Dawkins - 28 Aug 2017

Hodgman Government Caves to Extreme Right and Axes Safe Schools

Media Release - The Hodgman Government's decision to scrap funding for the Safe Schools' program is a sure sign the Premier and Education Minister have caved in to pressure from Senator Abetz, and the extreme Right within their ranks.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Apr 2017

Greens Call for Better Support for Students with Disabilities

Media Release - In Greens’ Private Members Time this week, we’ll move to affirm the rights of all Tasmanian students to a quality education, and the responsibility of the State Government to provide it.

Andrea Dawkins - 10 Apr 2017

Education Bill Has Gaping Holes

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonAll Tasmanians want to see education outcomes improve, but the Liberals' Education Bill has some gaping holes.We will take our time to closely scrutinise the legislation tabled today and...

- 21 Sep 2016

Education Act Changes Need Full Community Support

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonThe Greens look forward to seeing the government's final amendments to the Education Act when it's tabled in Parliament this week. We will be carefully considering the legislation once it's...

- 18 Sep 2016

Call for Professional Development for Teachers in Disability Education

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 23 August 2016Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes:—(a)           the recently released results of the second annual Teachers View Survey from the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby;

- 23 Aug 2016

takayna/Tarkine Still Under Threat

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Agrees that the takanya, or Tarkine, is a place of deep cultural significance to Tasmanian Aboriginal people and recognised globally as a region of outstanding cultural value.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Aug 2016

Tasmanian Schools Targeted in Overseas Pornography Ring

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for EDUCATION, Mr ROCKLIFF[10.37 a.m.]

- 17 Aug 2016

International Child Exploitation Ring in Tasmanian Schools

Media Release - It's very disturbing news that two Tasmanian schools have been named in the international child exploitation ring.

Andrea Dawkins - 17 Aug 2016

Greens Release Alternative to Lower School Age Policy Initiative

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonPublic concern is growing over the Liberal Government's plan to lower the mandatory school starting age.The Greens' research to date confirms the evidence base for an earlier starting age is...

- 6 Aug 2016

Sugar Strategy Needed to Combat Obesity

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers. (2)           Understands that high sugar...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Jun 2016

Rockliff Feels Heat on Education Act Changes

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonThe Minister of Education tried to reassure Tasmanian parents about changes to the Education Act, due to be debated in the next session of Parliament.

- 14 Jun 2016

Rockliff Misleading Over Teacher Numbers

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonGovernment figures specify the number of full time teachers in the Department of Education at 4,555 in June 2014 and 4,396 in June 2015, a reduction of 158, after rounding.*

- 8 Jun 2016

My Education Website Poor Alternative to Pathway Planners

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 26 May 2016Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for EDUCATION and TRAINING, Mr ROCKLIFF[10.23 a.m.]

- 26 May 2016

Federal Budget Education Fail

Media Release - The Federal Budget handed down last night completely fails to deliver the crucial years 5 and 6 of Gonski for Tasmanian schools. Without targeted funding, our students aren't going to get the support they need to improve their educational...

Andrea Dawkins - 4 May 2016

Premier Must Stand Up for Schools at COAG

Media Release - Prime Minister Turnbull's attack on our public education funding would be crippling for Tasmania. Premier Hodgman needs to defend our schools staunchly at COAG.

Andrea Dawkins - 31 Mar 2016

Liberal Policy Shouldn't Undermine Education Further

Media Release - The announcement in today's State of the State address that the government will raise leaving requirement of students to Year 12 or a Certificate Three presents the ultimate test.

Andrea Dawkins - 9 Mar 2016

More State Support for Safe Schools Needed

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonMinister Rockliff and the state government should send Prime Minister Turnbull a strong message, by increasing support for the Safe Schools program.The state government needs to reaffirm...

- 28 Feb 2016

Transparency on Education Secretary's Appointment Crucial

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonThe government needs to be completely open about the appointment of the new Secretary of the Department of Education.

- 23 Dec 2015

Children's Commissioner Questions School Discrimination

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokespersonTasmania's Commissioner for Children has expressed concern about the Liberal Government's policy of allowing religious schools to discriminate against students of different...

- 17 Nov 2015

Anti Discrimination Act School Amendments Concerns

Media Release - If religious schools want to use Mr Rockliff's blanket exemption to discriminate on religious grounds they should hand back every single dollar of government funding they receive.

Nick Mckim - 19 Mar 2015

Post Year 10 Education

Media Release - The farce that is the Liberal’s post year 10 policy was re-affirmed this morning in Parliament when Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff did not refute assertions that the current arrangements would remain.

Nick Mckim -