Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

16 August 2018

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

More Union stunts

The Unions and Labor have a shameful track record of resorting to stunts and false claims in an attempt to manipulate public perception.

These are the facts:

  • Since coming to office, the Hodgman Liberal Government has employed 142 more teachers, around 60 more professional support staff and 193 more teacher assistants.
  • We are employing an additional 250 teachers and 80 Teacher Assistants as part of a total investment in 358 more staff in our public school system over the next six years.
  • Labor in their election policy only supported employing 129 new teachers, with a plan to strip 50 teachers from key areas such as literacy and numeracy support.

It is vital to remember that the only reason we can make this massive additional investment into education is because we have brought the Budget back into balance.

The Unions and Labor are happy to see our Budget plunge back into deficit, calling for wage increases of three per cent or more, costing the State at least an additional $28 million each year.

While the Tasmanian Government believes that public servants do deserve a pay rise and have factored pay rises of two per cent each and every year into the upcoming Budget, we know keeping the Budget in black is vital to the ongoing economic growth of the State.

If the Unions and Labor want to trade bigger pay rises, in place of extra support staff and teacher assistants, they can explain it to Tasmanian students and their families who will miss out.

More Media Releases from Jeremy Rockliff

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