MEDIA RELEASE – PARENTS TELL BAILLIEU: NO MORE CUTS TO EDUCATION

29 January 2013

As schools resume for 2013, the State Opposition is ramping up the pressure on the Baillieu Government over its cuts to education inVictoria.

State Member for Brunswick Jane Garrett said parents sending their children back to school were feeling the impact of two years of savage cuts to education in Victoria.

“Our community has made it clear to me that they are struggling to deal with the $555 million ripped out of education, so we are running a campaign to pass those views on to the Premier,” Ms Garrett said.

“Mr Baillieu has taken the axe to education and families are the ones bearing the increased burden.

“Parents across the state are missing out on assistance with uniforms, purchasing text books, transport costs or even school excursions because of the State Government’s cuts.

“These are fundamental necessities that every child needs to give them the best opportunity to learn and to participate fully in their schooling.

“Instead, the message from Spring Street is ‘you are on your own’.

“So each Labor Member of Parliament will be asking parents to sign a state-wide petition to make it clear that these cuts are not okay.”

Ms Garrett said the Baillieu Government’s cuts overwhelmingly targeted students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Whether it’s the Education Maintenance Allowance, VCAL, the School Start Bonus, Fresh Fruit Friday or the Youth Focused School Service, Mr Baillieu’s cuts to education are targeting the most vulnerable students,” Ms Garrett said.

“How does Mr Baillieu explain that students most at risk are the ones increasingly bearing the brunt of his ‘cost saving measures’?”

For more information about the ‘Ted Baillieu is not working on Education’ campaign, please visit www.BaillieusNotWorking.com.au

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