Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

30 October 2019

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Labor betrays 2000 students with disability

Labor and its leader Rebecca White need to explain why they don’t support an extra 2000 Tasmanian students receiving disability funding.

Labor needs to cease fearmongering, stop denying Tasmanians the support they need and get the facts right.

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s Educational Adjustments initiative is a nation leading funding approach providing tailored support to children with disability.

It will see an extra 2000 Tasmanian students receive support, and more support teachers in our schools.

Rather than taking a one size fits all approach with funding based on a student's disability, the new model will instead provide targeted support reflecting what students need to improve their educational outcomes.

This has been endorsed by principals, teachers, support staff and key stakeholders.

Labor and Rebecca White need to confirm why they don’t want these 2000 extra students to access, participate and engage in education on the same basis as any other students?

We are committed to removing barriers for student learning, with educational adjustments regarded as national and international best practice.

Labor’s politicising of this significant reform is embarrassing and they need to take a long hard look at themselves before criticising an approach that will deliver countless benefits for Tasmanian students with disability.

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