School­ing questions unan­swered

Countryman - - HAVE YOUR SAY OPINION - Lloyd Baugh, Moora

This is my opin­ion on the cur­rent ed­u­ca­tion de­ba­cle brought about by a non-car­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter, Sue Ellery.

Due to the pub­lic back­lash with re­gards to the clo­sure of School of the Air, she had to do a back­flip.

It was at that point that she should have stopped to lis­ten to the WA pub­lic with re­gards to her de­ci­sion to close Moora Res­i­den­tial Col­lege.

The cam­paign against the Gov­ern­ment has not lost its mo­men­tum, with in­creased aware­ness not only through­out WA but na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The Moora com­mu­nity will not stop un­til this de­ci­sion is re­versed. It is not just 30 stu­dents, it is fam­i­lies, a com­mu­nity and a fu­ture for the town. My questions are: Is the min­is­ter fail­ing in her duty of care to all stu­dents in this State? Does this amount to the ne­glect of re­gional stu­dents in this State?

It is de­priv­ing re­gional stu­dents and their fam­i­lies of their rights to choose suit­able ed­u­ca­tion and board­ing for their in­di­vid­ual needs.

This cer­tainly is, or amounts to, noth­ing short of dis­crim­i­na­tion against our re­gional stu­dents. Has the min­is­ter breached her duty of care? Does this de­ci­sion have any le­gal ram­i­fi­ca­tions for the min­is­ter and Gov­ern­ment?

Can any­one with the le­gal qual­i­fi­ca­tions help me out here? Are there any le­gal rights for these fam­i­lies?

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