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:
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.