Kay Hallahan

Kay Hallahan

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    Call for details of coalition plan to close schools

    30/11/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    Education Minister Kay Hallahan today challenged the Liberal/National coalition to detail its plans to close schools and reduce the conditions of Government school teachers - in advance of the State election.
     
    Mrs Hallahan said Liberal leader Richard Court should also identify who would be Education Minister in a coalition government.
     
    The Minister said Mr Court had evaded questions on school closures, reduction of teacher conditions and the future of his education spokesman Fred Tubby in a radio interview last week.
     
    "In the increasingly unlikely event of the Western Australian Liberals winning Government, there is every indication that they would attempt to shut schools and slash teacher conditions in the same way as the Kennett Liberal/National government in Victoria," Mrs Hallahan said.
     
    "By March next year all Victorian teachers will be forced on to temporary contracts.  There is no reason to think the Western Australian Liberals would not do the same.
     
    "The Liberals should immediately spell out their plans so that WA teachers and their families can make an informed judgement."
     
    Mrs Hallahan said Opposition Leader Richard Court had failed to dispel fears in an interview with 6PR's Howard Sattler on Friday last week.