Nats amp up heat on Labor over schools
Labor has been accused of doubling down on cuts to regional education, in the face of a backlash from Parliament.
A campaign by regional West Australians has been in overdrive since the McGowan Government’s December decision to make deep cuts to education spending.
After a successful campaign to save School of the Air, the Save Moora College campaign has taken the cause global on social media as people affected by the cuts continued to fight to have the reductions entirely reversed.
A motion, moved by Nationals WA deputy leader Jacqui Boydell in State Parliament last week, called for the Labor Government to honour its election commitment to provide “quality education” to WA children and young people regardless of where they live.
The Legislative Council passed the motion by a margin of 20 votes to 12 with only Labor MPs voting against it.
The motion asked for Labor to reverse seven decisions which were considered to be detrimental to the education and well-being of students across the State.
Ms Boydell said among these decisions were the closure of six camp schools and Labor’s termination of Moora Residential College.
“Tellingly, all six regionally based Labor MPs voted in favour of the cuts — along with the Perthbased Education Minister Sue Ellery,” she said.
“The vote of the six regional Labor MPs to support the systematic demolition of education in their electorates is a shocking indictment of where their priorities lie.”
Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association president Natasha Johns said Labor should take heed from their parliamentary colleagues and reverse the cuts.
“Everyone but Labor MPs sees the injustice with the decision to cut spending on regional education,” she said.
“It also shows more broadly that Labor is out-of-touch with regional people and are not willing to be seen to make another backflip on education.”