Kay Hallahan

Kay Hallahan

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    Opposition education policy leaves major questions unanswered

    20/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    Education Minister Kay Hallahan today slammed the Opposition's education policy for avoiding questions which were at the top of the minds of parents and teachers.
     
    Mrs Hallahan said the policy was unimaginative and outdated and failed to address questions about school closures and teacher sackings.
     
    "Quality education and training are important issues for the community. That's why the Government spends well in excess of a billion dollars a year in the area," she said.
     
    Mrs Hallahan said the Liberals also planned to 'rob from the poor to give to the rich' with a $5 million boost in Government grants to wealthy private schools.
     
    "Under the proposed Liberal funding formula, wealthy private schools would be given a 59 per cent funding increase at the expense of Government and Catholic schools," she said.
     
    The Minister said teachers and parents had a right to know the detail of the Liberals' plan, particularly in light of the Victorian experience.
     
    "School communities have every reason to believe Mr Court is a wolf in sheep's clothing," she said.
     
    Mrs Hallahan challenged Opposition Leader Richard Court to:
    ·         spell out the number of schools to be closed by the Liberals;
    ·         reveal details of planned cuts to the Ministry of Education's $1.05 billion budget;
    ·         confirm plans to cut TAFE by at least $8 million;
    ·         guarantee wages and conditions for WA teachers would not be reduced;
    ·         rule out cuts in teaching staff;
    ·         support a comprehensive industrial award to protect the wages and conditions of WA teachers; and
    ·         rule out ending union involvement in the tripartite State Employment and Skills Development Authority.