Baillieu hammered on ‘students that matter’ in Ferntree Gully

The Baillieu Government have been targeted in Parliament today for claiming that education funding has been invested in ‘students that matter’, despite hearing how the cuts were having a severe impact on schools and families across the state.

Shadow Minister for Education James Merlino said the Opposition had highlighted Education Minister Martin Dixon’s comment about ‘students that matter’ while comments made by a teacher from Ferntree Gully.

“Mr Dixon today heard from Amy, who said she was concerned about how her students were going to be disadvantaged due the cuts to TAFE and VCAL particularly,” Mr Merlino said.

“When asked if Amy’s students were the ones that mattered to the Government, Mr Dixon refused to answer.

“What is becoming increasingly clear is that Mr Baillieu’s cuts to education are overwhelmingly affecting students like the ones Amy teachers – those who can least afford it.

“Whatever Mr Dixon meant by his comments that only ‘students that matter’ will get funding, it’s the students that are most at risk that clearly don’t matter to this government.”

Mr Merlino said the campaign to fight Mr Baillieu’s cuts on education had received a strong response.

“Since students went back to school last week, Labor has been meeting with parents and teachers and discussing the impact these cuts are having on them and their families,” he said.

“Today we presented to the Premier just a few of the 500-plus responses we have received across the state to our ‘No More Cuts’ petition.

“Combined with the fallout from the $300 million cuts to TAFE and the Baillieu Government’s absolute inability to strike a deal with teachers on pay and conditions, it’s clear that Ted Baillieu is not working on education.”