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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.

Education Bill Has Gaping Holes

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokesperson

All 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 will be holding the Education Minister to account when it comes to the Parliamentary debate. 

The Education Bill will leave Tasmanian parents confused about exactly when their children should be starting school.

Rockliff Misleading Over Teacher Numbers

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokesperson

Government 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.*

Minister Rockliff has claimed that 108.75 teachers have been employed since March 2015 and that this is an improvement of 17.7 FTEs on 2014 levels.

Based on the Government’s own figures the most optimistic scenario would be a reduction of 50 FTEs at least since June 2014, shortly after the Liberals came into office.


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