Posted on 25. Feb, 2013 in News
A petition was presented to Parliament containing 3515 names of Victorians calling on the Baillieu Government to stop the savage budget cuts to education, Shadow Education Minister James Merlino said.
The petition draws to the attention of the Premier, his decision to cut $555 million from the Victorian education system.’ In particular the petition draws attention to:
• The slashing of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), the School Start Bonus and the conveyance allowance;
• Funding for the VET and VCAL programs has been cut, meaning thousands of students are now missing out on opportunities; and
• The Premier’s broken promise to teachers which is now having an impact on students.
Mr Merlino said the petition was part of Labor’s campaign on the Baillieu Government’s failures in education.
“It has become clear that education simply isn’t a priority for the Baillieu Government,” he said.
“Whether it’s the $555 million worth of cuts to education, the government’s two year stoush with teachers over basic pay and conditions, the $420 million school maintenance backlog, scrapping of the Victorian Schools Plan or the $300 million cuts to TAFE – Mr Baillieu simply isn’t working on education.”
“Labor has been meeting with students, their families and teachers to discuss the impact these cuts are having.
“And we have 3515 people who have signed up to the campaign to get Mr Baillieu to start taking our children’s future seriously.
“On top of the 3515 signatures on today’s petition, there have also been over 1000 responses to our campaign online and there are more to come.”
Mr Merlino said the Baillieu Government cuts were particularly harsh as they overwhelmingly affected students and families from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“The Baillieu Government’s cuts include axeing Free Fruit Friday, the EMA and the school start bonus, as well as cuts to VET and VCAL,” he said.
“All these programs were designed to give every student the best chance to get the most out of their education and win the job they want, but they have all been hacked into by Mr Baillieu.
“This campaign is making it clear: our children shouldn’t be victims of Ted Baillieu’s attacks on education.”
For more information on the campaign, please visit http://www.baillieusnotworking.com.au/