 Premier blows opportunity to address Tasmania’s education frontline
 Government not interested in listening to teachers or important stakeholders
 Government continues to treat public sector frontline with contempt
Premier Will Hodgman has snubbed Tasmanian teachers and key education groups by avoiding an important meeting to discuss the future of education today.
Labor Leader Rebecca White said Mr Hodgman had turned his back on the opportunity to address and listen to the Australia Education Union and stakeholders including Anglicare, the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby, the Tasmanian Principal’s Association and the Tasmanian Association of State Schools Organisation at their meeting in Launceston this morning.
“When you have such powerful and important stakeholders in the one room, it’s a crucial and rare opportunity to talk about the state of our education system and it should be welcomed, not seen as a burden,” Ms White said.
“I was very pleased to receive the invitation and I was happy to accept the opportunity to outline Labor’s vision for education in Tasmania and take this chance to listen to teachers on the frontline about how we can best deliver a quality education for Tasmanian students.
“The fact that Mr Hodgman’s chair remained empty speaks volumes about the Liberal Government’s attitude toward teachers and families and students. At the very least, the Premier could have sent a representative.
“I understand the reason the Premier was not there is because Cabinet is sitting.
“Ordinarily on a Monday morning, Labor would hold its Shadow Cabinet meeting but I shifted that meeting to this afternoon so I could be in Launceston because this was an important opportunity and I wasn’t going to pass it up.
“This was an opportunity to talk about how a majority Labor Government will tackle the current issues in our schools and education system.
“That will include a host of initiatives including a bipartisan Education Partnership which will bring together peak bodies, parent groups, industry and the workforce and members of all political parties to inform the future of education in this state and our early years guarantee which will back in early years programs that have proven results.”
Rebecca White MP Labor Leader