Education Minister Kay Hallahan today called on Opposition Leader Richard Court to investigate shocking remarks allegedly made by Liberal frontbencher Fred Tubby.
Mrs Hallahan said Mr Tubby - the Opposition's education spokesman - was alleged to have made the comments to a parent group representative.
The Minister said a summary of the remarks - including derogatory comments about students with disabilities, parent rights, and major changes to education and TAFE - was published in the latest edition of the State School Teachers' Union journal 'Western Teacher'.
"Mr Court should investigate the matter immediately because the allegations are very serious," she said.
"Even if only some of the parents' recollections are correct - then the Opposition has been misleading the public in this election campaign about its true intentions."
Mrs Hallahan challenged Mr Court to rule out:
· plans to charge parents of students with disabilities for the right to attend a regular Government school;
· returning TAFE to its past role as a destination mainly for students leaving Year 10, rather than Year 12;
· funding cuts to the TAFE system; and -
· plans to axe overtime and penalties for shift work in the hospitality industry.