Tasmanian politicians must answer to parents on vote to scrap our Gonski agreement

The passage of legislation in the Senate to scrap Tasmania’s Gonski agreement is a very dark day for Tasmanian public education, the AEU said today.

“Malcolm Turnbull’s legislation rips up Tasmania’s signed Gonski Agreement and denies our public schools $85 million of Gonski and entrenches under resourcing for the next six years or more,” said AEU Tasmania President Helen Richardson.

“Senators who voted for this legislation need to know the devastating impact this will have on our schools.

“Senator Lambie, and all Tasmanian Senators who supported this Bill, will need to explain to school communities, why more and more kids will be denied the individual attention they need, why class sizes are growing, and why our students will be denied the extra help with the basics like reading, writing and maths.

“Senator Lambie needs to understand the impact of her decision today for our schools. She should stand up and face the school communities who were relying on these resources to give every child the chance to get a great education.

“Senators who supported Turnbull’s plan need to realise they are complicit in entrenching disadvantage in our state and rob a generation of kids the educational lift they need for a bright future.

“Will Hodgman, who campaigned for this bad deal for our state, needs to explain to parents, teachers and students, why he supported this betrayal of our children’s futures. He has chosen to toe the Liberal Party line rather than standing up for our schools.

“Tasmania has high quality teachers, support staff and principals who continue to go ‘above and beyond.

“Research shows that lack of resources is the problem and the signed 6-year Gonski agreement was the only plan in place to deliver the funding schools need.”

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