Roz Madsen, AEU Tasmania State Manager, said:

“The inflation figures show that not only will the Hodgman Government’s wages offer of 2% relegate Tasmanian teachers to lowest paid in the country but it will send their living standards backwards.

“Our teachers have the toughest job in Australia and will be the lowest paid because of Hodgman’s political decision to hold down their wages.

“Mr Hodgman says he wants to lead the nation in education and to do that we have to attract and retain the brightest educators to our state otherwise our kids will miss out on the quality education they deserve.”