The State Government's $1,046 million education budget would blowout by a massive $50 million with the introduction of a Goods and Services tax, Education Minister Kay Hallahan said today.
Mrs Hallahan said the whopping GST bill would mean drastic cost-cutting measures which would affect the quality of education.
The revelation casts further doubt on the Opposition's ability to pay for its election promises.
Mrs Hallahan said the bill could only be met by:
· sacking 1,400 teachers - two from every school;
· dramatically increasing class sizes;
· cancelling plans to build new schools; or
· scrapping the school maintenance program.
"The Opposition parties cannot continue to make grandiose election promises and support the GST without explaining how they will foot the bill," she said.
The Minister said the GST would have a big impact on the Ministry of Education because it was a major buyer of building materials and other goods and services.
She said the impact of the GST would be compounded by Federal Liberal proposals to cut Commonwealth grants to the States by five per cent, further affecting education.